We’re often urged to “pray for vocations.” Almost always, this is meant as an encouragement to ask God for more priests and religious for service to the church. Continue »


Try This for Lent

Family and Group Activities to Help You Grow

comment | Posted Feb 08, 2016

Lent is a season rich in symbols and meaning. Here are some suggested ways to help you and your family grow spiritually during Lent. Choose the ones you think your family would enjoy the most. Continue »


Coaching Kids to Career Success

Coaching Kids to Career Success

Eight Things Parents and Grandparents Can Do

comment | Posted Jan 27, 2016

As parents, you help your children to build a strong faith, get a strong education, and develop a strong and healthy body. Do you also consider how to help them build a strong career path? This isn’t just about having a good job and financial security. Continue »


Why I Love St. Francis de Sales

Why I Love St. Francis de Sales

He Makes the Spiritual Life Seem Do-able.

comment | Posted Jan 22, 2016

I was in my early thirties when the Holy Spirit inspired me to have a regular morning prayer time. There were only two problems: my two little ones! They were very early risers, so my best-laid plans for a quiet time were often thwarted. Continue »


Channels of Wisdom

Channels of Wisdom

Listening and learning from the older generation

comment | Posted Jan 11, 2016

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth shortly after the annunciation is usually understood as a mission to assist her elder relative in preparation for the birth of John the Baptist. Another way to look at this, however, is that the visit also afforded Elizabeth the opportunity to pass down wisdom to her younger kinswoman, a tradition of sharing that has gone on throughout human history. Continue »


Imitating the Holy Family

Imitating the Holy Family

Four Traits That Make It Possible

comment | Posted Dec 29, 2015

Like many parents, every day my wife and I face real and challenging issues in our family. We have two teenage sons and three younger children. Like many families, our children fight and bicker. Continue »


Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas trees go up the day after Thanksgiving and go out the day after Christmas, just before the ritual of returning and exchanging gifts. The time in between is a flurry of parties, shopping, and school events. Continue »


Preparing Your Family for the Lord

Preparing Your Family for the Lord

Let the Peace of God Reign!

comment | Posted Dec 05, 2015

Picture yourself as a resident of a small town outside of Jerusalem around the year A. D. 30 . . . Continue »


“Male and Female He Created Them”

“Male and Female He Created Them”

The Communion of Love between a Husband and Wife Finds Its Ultimate Source in God

comment | Posted Nov 16, 2015

Let us turn our attention to a seemingly simple statement found in the opening pages of Scripture: “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Continue »


Parenting Lessons from the Saints

Quite a few years ago, St. Joseph came into my life in a new way. Not long before, I had taken the plunge from singlehood to married life, jumping into the deep end of the pool by marrying a widower with six children. I was hardly a natural for the role of stepmother (just ask the children!). Continue »


More Than a Feeling

More Than a Feeling

Married love is created by God to endure all things and never fail or end.

comment | Posted Oct 23, 2015

Marriages are more likely to thrive when both spouses keep mindful of certain paradoxes. A paradox is a statement that seems to contradict itself but is nonetheless true. Consider these two: Continue »


Making Your “Better Half” Your Best Friend

In the movie “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tevye asks his wife, Golde, “Do you love me?” She responds by listing some of the everyday services she performs for him. Continue »


Praying for Our Adult Sons and Daughters

Praying for Our Adult Sons and Daughters

Offer up your children to God and let Jesus do the “heavy lifting.”

comment | Posted Sep 25, 2015

It is never too early or too late to seek God’s wisdom about a [adult] son’s or daughter’s difficulties or needs. Continue »


Back-to-School Virtues

Back-to-School Virtues

Helping Your Child Succeed in Class and in Life

comment | Posted Sep 08, 2015

As the new school year begins, parenting magazines, chat rooms, and talk shows come alive with suggestions for success in the schoolroom. There’s enthusiasm, and often good advice, for parent-teacher teamwork, helping kids learn, believing in your child’s potential, and making this “the best school year ever.” Continue »


A Love That Is Lifelong

A Love That Is Lifelong

comment | Posted Aug 24, 2015

We honor Augustine of Hippo as one of the great saints of the Church. Aside from the biblical authors, he is the writer most often cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It was he who laid theological foundations for the Church’s doctrine of marriage, and it was he who gave moral thinkers a vocabulary for the discussion of sexual ethics. Continue »


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