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Marriage and Family: The Secret to Joy

July 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Marriage and Family: The Secret to Joy

The secret to happiness: fall in love, get married, have babies – once undisputedly known to be the key to the majority of people’s happiness, is now presented as an oppressive societal expectation that has little to no relation to personal fulfillment. Marriage is No Longer a Worthy Goal Career success, increased disposable income, home […]

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“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

July 6, AD2018 0 Comments
“Our Citizenship is in Heaven”

I remember, when my first son was born, my wife and I made the decision to stop by her grandfather’s house on the way home from the hospital. Our son was born in the same town Granddad lived; and as I knew he was very sick (yet still very alert and conscious), I suggested we […]

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Let Your Blood Pour Out

March 29, AD2018 1 Comment
Let Your Blood Pour Out

It was easier to act like something I wasn’t before having kids. It was easier to convince myself I was something I wasn’t before having kids. Now not only do I have my flaws mirrored back to me, but I have the whole world commenting on my children’s flaws and defects, which in turn reflect […]

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Musings of a Young Parent

January 27, AD2018 1 Comment
Musings of a Young Parent

Having only been a parent for four years now gives me a relatively limited view of parenthood. On top of that, I am part of one of the least religious generations in history- millennials. I don’t think, however, that my perspective is valueless because of my age or experience. My wife and I strive to […]

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Christmas and the Wonder of Children

December 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Christmas and the Wonder of Children

A month or two ago I started wondering about the Christmas season. Specifically, I wondered why it seemed so much more magical to me as a child than as an adult. Now, there could be a variety of reasons for this—maybe it was because as a child I loved the sparkly tree and presents, or […]

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How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

September 16, AD2017 3 Comments
How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

Many Families, Many Approaches There are as many ways to manage a family with young children at Mass as there are families that attend. Many people will have something different that works for them. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and have read several articles on what age appropriate expectations are, as well as […]

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Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom

July 26, AD2017 8 Comments
Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom

A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their prenatal memories and their birth from their own unique perspective, not as an observer. Most of my nine children were able to verbalize their womb and birth experiences if my husband and I posed questions before they were three and a half or […]

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Family Strategies for Living a Prayerful Life During Summer Vacation

July 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Family Strategies for Living a Prayerful Life During Summer Vacation

For parents of small children, summer vacation only means one thing — a non-stop set of demands for activities. I don’t know about the other parents out there, but these days, every time I accidentally glance at the calendar, I get a shot of nerves. Yes, there are exciting places to go, wonderful things to see […]

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With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

July 8, AD2017 1 Comment
With Him in Heaven, in All His Glory

Have you ever wondered what it will be like to enter heaven? I read a story a while back about near-death experiences. The story that really struck me was about a man who found himself standing just outside the gates of heaven. He saw many people, some he knew and others he did not. All […]

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Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

June 17, AD2017 4 Comments
Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

I have been thinking a lot about fatherhood lately. Having put in quite a few years as a dad with three beautiful children, you would think that by now I would be an expert on the subject. Sadly, such is not the case. I find myself still questioning why I am not the “perfect” father […]

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Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

May 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

I have been working in the field of education for more than twenty years now. And every time I come to reflect upon the fruits of Easter, I always try to connect it to the work of educating young people. This month, I have decided to write about the relationship between the Resurrection story and […]

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A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

May 8, AD2017 3 Comments
A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

Objectively speaking, there is little chance of success if someone attempts bench press 300 lbs and has never lifted weights. There is also little chance of success in attempting a marathon without having trained.  Even though I know these things, I also know I have a tendency to just grit my teeth and attempt to […]

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Because God Said So: Limiting Yourself by What You Understand

April 29, AD2017 16 Comments
Because God Said So: Limiting Yourself by What You Understand

“Because I said so.” Most parents have, at one time or another, said this to their children. This statement of finality is, at times, a matter of expediency (after much childish whining), but often it is due to the inability of children of certain ages to understand the reasoning behind a command or prohibition. No […]

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A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

February 12, AD2017 1 Comment
A Child, A Stranger, the Body of Christ

My 8-year-old grandson and a stranger both gave me a special gift one recent Sunday. And there I was thinking I was doing something good for them at Mass. Colin, my grandson, goes to Mass with his third-grade class a couple of times a week. He usually doesn’t go on Sundays, though. My son-in-law normally […]

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Divorce For Kids: Infectious Disease Or Single Blow

November 4, AD2016 34 Comments
Divorce For Kids: Infectious Disease Or Single Blow

Travelling to my second school drop-off the other day, I was listening to the Patrick Madrid Show and he was discussing the Fatima apparitions, the breakdown of marriages, and divorce’s impact on families. My daughter, 13, was sitting next to me. We were both quiet, so I inquired if she was listening, and she said, […]

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Grandmothers: God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

January 13, AD2016 2 Comments
Grandmothers:  God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

Grandmothers and Mercy January is a time that reminds me of my deceased Grandmother.  She passed away over 20 years ago on January 31. It is this time of year where I live with the Pennsylvania chill in the air that reminds me of her passing.  I think many of us have fond memories of those people […]

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The Catholic “Man-Crisis” Matters

December 14, AD2015 80 Comments
The Catholic “Man-Crisis” Matters

There is a serious Catholic “man-crisis.” One in three baptized Catholic men in the U.S. have left the Church. Of those men who remain Catholic, only about 1 in 4 Catholic men consider themselves to be “practicing Catholics.” The Catholic “man-crisis” matters for it hurts, men, women, children, parishes and society. Here’s why: The majority […]

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The Catholic Family Circus at a Mass Near You

September 21, AD2015 85 Comments
The Catholic Family Circus at a Mass Near You

Ironically, one of the hardest times and places to be a Catholic family can be Sunday morning at Mass; at some parishes, anyway. The Catholic Church is a pro-life church. We’re a community that believes in the sanctity of all human life. We’re a church that (doctrinally, whether Catholics obey or not) teaches that contraception […]

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One Child More

August 24, AD2015 30 Comments
One Child More

  China has its evil and harmful “one child” policy. I propose for American Catholics a “one child more” policy. I think we should encourage all American, Catholic, married couples to ask themselves, “Could we have one child more?” Who Benefits from “One Child More?” The child who is the “one more.” He is blessed to have […]

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The Catholic Side of Disney

August 20, AD2015 42 Comments
The Catholic Side of Disney

  Growing up, I loved Disney movies as many children do. One of my dreams was to go to Disney World, but my family never had the money or time. Still, we enjoyed snuggling together with some popcorn to watch Beauty and the Beast or the newest Pixar show. However, my parents also expressed concern about […]

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SCOTUS and Rainbows: How Do We Respond?

July 27, AD2015 15 Comments
SCOTUS and Rainbows: How Do We Respond?

A professional woman posted what seemed to many readers (according to the huge number of likes, shares, etc.) to be well-reasoned thoughts about why Christians should now officially stop “trying to impose their religious ideas of sin on what is truly a basic civil rights issue” after the Supreme Court issued their same-sex marriage ruling. […]

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Whom Will You Serve?

July 1, AD2015 32 Comments
Whom Will You Serve?

If somehow Catholics didn’t realize it before Friday, I hope the realization has dawned. We have a choice to make. If you’re a Catholic who feels like celebrating this insane Supreme Court decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on the nation, may I strongly suggest that you reconsider your cheers. I saw a lot of that […]

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The Importance of Play

June 11, AD2014 5 Comments
The Importance of Play

“It’s okay. You made a mistake. You’re still learning,” said a little boy no more than 3 feet tall. In what must have been his “old age” of four, he uttered these words of wisdom to his barely 2-year-old sister. She ran after him around the playground, trying to keep up, her wispy blonde hair […]

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In a Matter of a Moment

May 14, AD2014 5 Comments
In a Matter of a Moment

I was talking to a friend today about her son’s upcoming graduation from high school. Two of my own children have graduated already and so I understand all those feelings that are bubbling just below the surface of her calm exterior- pride, worry, joy, hope, astonishment, wonder, elation, and even sadness. Each feeling filling her […]

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