Tag: family

Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

[ 5 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

Chatting with a friend recently, we remarked that having children had made us each realize the value of a Catholic spouse. We both marveled that we had once considered the possibility of compromising. In college, it was easy to flirt with the idea of dating—and even marrying—someone who did not share our faith. I went […]

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Purity Balls: the Good, the Bad, and the Catholic

Purity Balls: the Good, the Bad, and the Catholic

[ 13 ] March 30, AD 2014 |

He kneels before me, taking my hand in his, and slips a ring on my finger. I look it at: it’s beautiful, so sparkly, and I’m in awe of what it symbolises. This is what love is, I think. He tells me how glad he is so that he is able to give me ring, […]

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Families Support Each Other

Families Support Each Other

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2014 |

A man shared with me recently that at his swimming competitions when he was a little boy, he would watch his teammate embrace his coach at the end of competitions and think of his own father. Although his father never went to his swimming competitions (only his mother), the image of his teammate embracing his coach at […]

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Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

[ 237 ] December 21, AD 2013 |

Last August, I wrote about why everyone should have kids. At several points in the combox, I was called out for being selfish. According to both troll and pleasant soul, the reasons I provided in said post were all about me. It got me thinking, perhaps I am guilty of such crimes? And so, here’s […]

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“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

[ 2 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

Let me start off by saying that I love Christmas. I really do. While the decorations and tree trimming and family dinners and presents are all fantastic, I love Christmas because it is the birthday of Our Lord, and one of the foremost liturgical feasts of the year. Having said that, it is often the […]

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Stop Pushing Boundaries

Stop Pushing Boundaries

[ 1 ] November 23, AD 2013 |

  Some help for when your son tells you he wants to be a priest… I worked at a college for a few years that came up with what some claimed to be such a wonderful marketing slogan:  Pushing Boundaries. Question #1 – what does that even mean?  I was always perplexed by such an […]

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Defining “Young Adult”

Defining “Young Adult”

[ 12 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

Who are considered the “young adults” in your community? Are they teenagers? Are they single twenty-somethings? Are they young professionals? Are they young mothers and fathers? It seems that one of the terms that is frequently used to describe a Catholic activity is “young adult.” Who is expected to attend these events? Recently, I attended […]

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True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

[ 5 ] October 17, AD 2013 |

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young adults, and families sacrifice one […]

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Who You are Called to Be

Who You are Called to Be

[ 1 ] October 3, AD 2013 |

By the entrance of the door to my apartment, I have hanging on my wall a copy of Murillo’s The Return of the Prodigal Son. Although I sometimes do not remember to look at it, whenever I do it reminds me of ‘homecoming.’ I have been reflecting upon this parable ever since I heard it […]

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Family Life: A Call for Volunteers

Family Life: A Call for Volunteers

[ 4 ] September 29, AD 2013 |

Wait…you want me to be involved? This week was our parish’s Ministry Fair. They have been publicizing this fair for weeks.   When we headed over for Mass, we saw a huge white tent on the lawn, the kind you see for wedding receptions, concerts and the like.  Along with the tent came cookies, bagels, and […]

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Help Wanted in Vocations

Help Wanted in Vocations

[ 1 ] September 27, AD 2013 |

Beginning my new job in vocations this summer has been an amazing experience.  Not only have I come to truly appreciate the importance of this ministry, I have also noticed that even with the amount of resources available, there is still something lacking.  As with any job or ministry, there are people who are invested […]

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Offering Them Alternatives

Offering Them Alternatives

[ 3 ] September 12, AD 2013 |

In this excellent blog entry about Muslim child brides and the lost innocence of children, blogger Quirino Sugon asks, “We may condemn the Muslim practice of child brides, but have we also looked at our own culture and try to see how far we have wrought emotional, moral, and spiritual harm to little children through […]

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Labor Day Weekend, Catholic Style

Labor Day Weekend, Catholic Style

[ 2 ] September 1, AD 2013 |

So what do you do on the Sunday before Labor Day?  I know a lot of people spend time with their families, maybe have a cookout.  My husband even knows someone who got married today.   Labor Day is generally the end of beach season, the end of summer, and for beachcombers like me, the start […]

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Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

[ 5 ] August 31, AD 2013 |

In our media world children will almost certainly be exposed to images and material that can have a negative impact on their moral and psychological development. Exposure to pornography is one such concern that should be on every parent’s radar. First, some statistics about children and exposure to online pornography: 1. One study in the […]

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Letter to the Rebellious Teen

Letter to the Rebellious Teen

[ 7 ] August 21, AD 2013 |

This article is written for rebellious teens and young girls going into that phase. If you are not a rebellious teen, please let your son or daughter read this, or some young person you know at least. Dear Rebellious Teen, Now, you might think this is just another Catholic article your parents want you to […]

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On Loneliness

On Loneliness

[ 6 ] August 13, AD 2013 |

Loneliness is painful. We’ve all needed a shoulder to cry on, when there was no one around. Terrible as loneliness is, it’s another way that God shapes us into Holiness. He can use any struggle and turn it around. There are lessons to be learned in loneliness, when we stop to listen for that small […]

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