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How to Lead Your Family to Holiness

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus of Nazareth. It’s place on the liturgical calendar is the Sunday following Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday. When that occurs, as it did in 2011, the feast is celebrated on Friday, December 30th. Pope Benedict XVI observed in [...]

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Do Catholics Couples HAVE to use NFP?

I know that a Dad to ten children without a theology degree is probably NOT the right person to be writing this article.  Last week I got booked on The Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart, “Do Catholic Couples Have to Use Natural Family Planning?” The simple answer is no.  [...]

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Seven Lessons Fathers Should Teach Their Children

Who Introduced You to the Lord? The first question I would like to pose, is simply this: “How did you come by your faith, whether it be weak or strong, new or old? Where and when did you first come to encounter Jesus and his glorious Gospel?” For many of us, the answer would be, “I first came to know [...]

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How to Make Your Family Holy

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus of Nazareth. It’s place on the liturgical calendar is the Sunday following Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday. When that occurs, as it did last year, the feast is celebrated on Friday, December 30th. Pope Benedict XVI observed in [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Benedict XVI

“We are living in a world where families, and life itself, are constantly threatened and not infrequently fragmented. Working conditions which are often incompatible with family responsibilities, worries about the future, the frenetic pace of life, the need to move frequently to ensure an adequate livelihood, to say nothing of mere survival – all this makes it hard to ensure [...]

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The Most Important Thing You Must Be for Your Children

A few weeks ago, I spoke with a couple who approached me with heavy hearts. We did not know each other. They were from out of town and stopped by the church to offer prayers for their oldest son who had just finished a less than average freshman year at college. I was dressed in clerics, so they walked up [...]

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Seven Lessons Fathers Should Teach Their Children

Who Introduced You to the Lord? The first question I would like to pose, is simply this: “How did you come by your faith, whether it be weak or strong, new or old? Where and when did you first come to encounter Jesus and his glorious Gospel?” For many of us, the answer would be, “I first came to know [...]

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A Christmas Story – The Angel Tree

Advent and Christmas is a time of storytelling. After all, Christmas is the greatest story ever told. God sent his only son to be born in a manager only to ultimately die on the cross for our sins so that we could all be saved. So, the best Christmas stories have a spark of Divine love. Like in the first [...]

Proper Catholic Etiquette at Mass and Away

During the beginning of Advent, I always hope to come up with something more meaningful, amazing and inspiring than the previous year. This is silly. While we’ve done, as a family, some wonderful Advent readings, made some pretty nice Advent calendars, and spent fruitful time lighting Advent candles and trying to integrate spiritual reading with family traditions, I never seem [...]