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Outcome-based Parenting

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Outcome-based Parenting

The highlight of a recent camping trip was meeting a Hungarian dinosaur-enthusiast. He wasn’t scared of our three small, crazy children. In fact, he and my four-year-old daughter became fast friends, playing tic-tac-toe and pretending to be T-rexes. What I most appreciated about him was his authenticity. He said, “These are the best ages, when […]

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It’s Okay to Not Meet Your Child’s Needs

May 30, AD2018 0 Comments
It’s Okay to Not Meet Your Child’s Needs

With my first child, I rigorously studied infant sleep schedules and development books and felt like I was giving my baby everything she needed. With my second child, our little world was knocked out of control, but I thought I would eventually get it back. Indeed, the more he grew, the less demanding he was […]

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Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

May 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Maybe We Need Some Kung Fu in Catholic Catechesis

When people hear the term Kung Fu they probably think of the martial arts and guys like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, or even the 1970s TV show Kung Fu.  But expertise in the martial arts is apparently only one kind of Kung Fu. The term Kung Fu translates as an acquired skill, work performed, […]

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Bullied for Adhering to the Faith in a Catholic High School

April 24, AD2018 23 Comments
Bullied for Adhering to the Faith in a Catholic High School

Over the past few months, ‘bullying’ has become a recurring topic of discussion among the members of Fusion, our youth ministry at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.  For professing his faith one of our members is being bullied – at the Catholic High School he is attending. Sam (a pseudonym) was ecstatic when he learned last […]

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When We Invest in Our Children’s Future, What Do We Consider Success?

March 7, AD2018 1 Comment
When We Invest in Our Children’s Future, What Do We Consider Success?

I am always happy when I hear a principal say during orientation ‘you have a chosen a Catholic school, and as such, we hold certain values and expect that you will follow those guidelines.’ I have seen first-hand what happens when Catholicism gets, shall we say, “watered down”. As parents my wife and I want […]

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When Your Children Act Up In Church

February 17, AD2018 3 Comments
When Your Children Act Up In Church

  Of all the Sundays at Mass when my husband and have taken turns taking our 2-year-old or 1-year-old out to calm down, one Sunday not too long ago takes the cake. I can hardly count the number of times I’ve wanted to skip going to Mass since becoming a parent. But it was never […]

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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 28 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

August 24, AD2017 0 Comments
50 Years Later – The Influence of Benedictine Monks and Nuns

People recounted incidents from the good old days. Embellishments were, of course, a part of the tales, some of which have grown in size and dramatic impact over time. Nevertheless, old friends spent a big part of the weekend catching up with one another. Some hadn’t seen one another in many years. The occasion was […]

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Hope and Why the Little Things Matter in the Big Picture

June 27, AD2017 1 Comment
Hope and Why the Little Things Matter in the Big Picture

“If you want to change the world, make your bed.” No, these ‘words of wisdom’ are not my mom’s. This is lesson #1 on Retired Navy Seal and Commander of the US Special Forces Admiral William H. McRaven’s list of 10 Life Lessons. McRaven outlined his 10 Life Lessons in a 2014 commencement speech delivered […]

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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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Book Review: Everyday Sacrament and Interview with Laura Fanucci

June 2, AD2016 2 Comments
Book Review: Everyday Sacrament and Interview with Laura Fanucci

When I saw that the eloquent Laura Fanucci, who blogs at Mothering Spirit, had written a book “Everyday Sacrament” published by Liturgical Press, I had to read it and interview her. “Everyday” is a collection of essays on a mother’s life from infertility to expectancy to birth and beyond with theological reflections on the Sacraments. […]

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Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

February 4, AD2016 10 Comments
Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

Deciding where one’s kids should be educated can be a difficult task, especially in areas where there are so many good public, parochial, and charter schools. Many parents also choose home-schooling, and do a wonderful job. There are certainly a myriad of choices, but perhaps our values hierarchy should help us choose. Compartmentalizing Values Many Catholic […]

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Altar Serving: Keeping Young Men Engaged

January 9, AD2016 4 Comments
Altar Serving: Keeping Young Men Engaged

Every so often the issue of altar serving comes into question, as it has again recently.  There is an ongoing, extensive debate over who should be serving—boys alone, or boys and girls. Various recent articles taking opposite sides of the issue provide some insight into the arguments on both sides. I think both sides make […]

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Discernment through Experience

January 6, AD2016 16 Comments
Discernment through Experience

      Discernment is a process that every serious Catholic man must commence at some point, during which he will petition and receive from the Almighty his vocational direction and calling for the rest of his life and for all eternity. Fittingly, discernment is one of the most difficult undertakings of a man’s life! I […]

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The Mercy of God is a Mystery

December 26, AD2015 1 Comment
The Mercy of God is a Mystery

The Mercy of God is a mystery. Even for someone like me who has had it poured into my life for the last five years. I keep trying to figure out how exactly to explain it, but the truth is that I can’t. I lived a life that was so enslaved to sin and yet, […]

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Contemplate the Unborn Christ

December 16, AD2015 1 Comment
Contemplate the Unborn Christ

The Gospel for next Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, is the meeting between Our Lady and her elderly pregnant cousin Elizabeth. Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped […]

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Advent and Christmas Traditions for Dads

December 11, AD2015 0 Comments
Advent and Christmas Traditions for Dads

Advent and Christmas are very special seasons, and offer terrific opportunities to grow in and live our faith as Catholics. Often though, both seasons seem to be celebrated by moms more than dads. And while there is nothing wrong with that, as a single father of two kids, one boy and one girl, it occurred […]

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What Sts. Louis and Zelie Teach Us About Soulmates

October 20, AD2015 2 Comments
What Sts. Louis and Zelie Teach Us About Soulmates

According to pop culture’s definition of ‘soulmates’, I didn’t marry mine. When my husband and I met, our eyes didn’t simultaneously gaze across a crowded room to find each other, with a swelling orchestra crescendo for a backdrop. He didn’t propose aboard a rose-strewn yacht offering to travel the oceans of life with me. On […]

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The Beauty of the Family in the Church

September 25, AD2015 0 Comments
The Beauty of the Family in the Church

  Pope Francis is in the midst of his first-ever visit to the United States. Ostensibly, this visit is for the Holy Father to join in the World Meeting of Families being held in Philadelphia, where he will, among other things, preside at the closing Mass. The simple fact that the pope is journeying to […]

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Overwhelmed? You Bet, But I Wouldn’t Miss It for the World

September 20, AD2015 4 Comments
Overwhelmed? You Bet, But I Wouldn’t Miss It for the World

  Recently, I loaded five of my nine kids into our 12 passenger van and headed off to Costco to stock up for the week. In the food aisles, my kids scattered like hunters and gatherers in search of crackers and cheese, mini cups of pot roast, chunks of cookies, and whatever else the dear […]

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Women Today: A Woman’s Perspective

September 19, AD2015 6 Comments
Women Today: A Woman’s Perspective

As a woman, I understand completely the complexities of the female world. As young women, we are raised to be independent, hard-working, and confident. These qualities are essential for life. Unfortunately, they also get misconstrued. As our roles have evolved over the last century, we have fought for and won serious battles for rights that […]

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Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

September 10, AD2015 1 Comment
Saint Joseph the Worker and Dad

Every Labor Day weekend two men always pop up in my mind:  Saint Joseph the Worker and my Dad.  When I was growing up I always associated Saint Joseph and my Father.  I thought of Saint Joseph as the strong, silent type.  The Gospels recall no speeches or quotes of Saint Joseph, but it does […]

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Saint Giles: A Saint For Today

September 4, AD2015 0 Comments
Saint Giles: A Saint For Today

  Of all the gifts Holy Mother Church has bestowed on us, one of the greatest is the saints. These ordinary men and women, who lived extraordinary lives of heroic virtue while on earth, continue to demonstrate the timeless true beauty and greatness our Church has to offer. As a Catholic high school teacher, I […]

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