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The Paradox of Letting Children Go

When I saw my baby—my baby—flying through the air attached to bungee cords at the county fair, I couldn’t breathe and my arms suddenly ached to hold her and keep her safe. She was so high, so far away. Sure, she’s nine, but still . . . the sight evoked an all too familiar feeling, the same one I had when she took her first [...]

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Angels, Our Friends Indeed

Need a friend? Never forget that God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten son. And he so loved his children, that he gave us each an angel. I recall scooting to one side in my desk during second grade at St. Albert the Great school to make room for my angel to sit next to [...]

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Four Critical Rules for Catholic Fathers

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.—Pope St. John XXIII I often feel completely lost and befuddled as a Catholic father in today’s world. How do I set the right example? How do I help my sons grow up with a strong Catholic faith? How do I prepare them for [...]

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Encountering the Word — Proverbs 1:8-9

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and reject not your mother’s teaching; A graceful diadem will they be for your head; a pendant for your neck.” (Proverbs 1:8-9) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to [...]

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Passing Along All that is Noble and Worthwhile

I was blessed to grow up with great parents. We didn’t have much, but my parents made sure my sister and I had love, discipline, faith, strong values, and an appreciation for the value of hard work. My mother played a vital role in our family, as all mothers do, but I find as I grow older that I am [...]

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Take Your Faith with You on Vacation

Just prior to a summer 2003 family vacation to Disney World, Gail Coniglio had developed a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. She made the 3-½ hour trip quite frequently in the summer with her husband and two young children. They always made time for Mass. One year, they went to Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando, which [...]

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Does God Love Wolf Spiders?

  Outside the other day, we saw a wolf spider, the big jumping kind that bite. True to their faith, which inspires them to be true to their scientific spirit, the kids asked questions. “Can he hurt us? How come God created wolf spiders? How is biting good? Does God love wolf spiders?” I knelt down and locked my mommy eyes with the spider’s steely ones, and I imagined just how [...]

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Seven Steps to Combat Grocery Checkout Lane Smut

I was unloading a mound of groceries onto the conveyor belt during a recent trip to a major superstore when my 7-year old said, “Mom, the baby is looking at something inappropriate.” Since I was calculating the cost of an astronomical food bill for a family of eight, I only half-listened to my child’s cautionary words. When I turned my [...]

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Mom, Is It Possible to Love Someone Into Heaven?

We gather around our fire pit often in the evenings. As warm flames are wont to do, they inspire us to speculative conversation. My kids are no more insightful than anyone else’s kids, but their frankness reminds me that even though I’ve wised in maturity, much of my dazed adulthood was spent trying to forget or deny the simple truths I knew as a child. My daughters’ questions [...]

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A Checklist for Catholic Dads

I have had numerous conversations over the years with other Catholic dads about the challenges of raising kids in today’s world. The discussions usually center on the bad cultural influences affecting our children, our hectic schedules and our well-intentioned desire to be better fathers. We mean well, but how do we move from conversation to action? The stakes are high, [...]