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The Heavy Burdens We Carry

Confessionals

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning. I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of […]

Daily Quote — from Robert J. Spitzer, SJ

“God is not waiting around to get even with people for things that they have done fifteen years before. God is gentle and humble of heart; unconditionally good and loving. Therefore we do not need to cower and grovel before God’s will. We need to trust in it; trust in its awesome beauty, its unconditional power to bring goodness out […]

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 6:1-4

Photography © by Andy Coan

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may be well with you and that you may live long on earth.’ Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians […]

Raising Independent Catholic Kids in an Age of Conformity

Sexting, drugs, alcohol, cyber-bullying, teen suicide, rampant materialism, technology addiction, and me-first mindsets—the list of challenges to young people today can seem overwhelming.  As parents of two boys, ages sixteen and nineteen, I feel like my wife and I are on the front lines of a never-ending war for the very souls of our children.  I would love to tell […]

Help for My Children in these Perilous Times

Dear Sister, I have a question to ask you. I see a bleak future ahead of us in our country. I grieve over the loss of our traditional American values, slipping away one by one. What kind of a country am I handing over to my children?  What kind of advice, help, support, and tools can I give them that […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ

“God is not waiting around to get even with people for things that they have done fifteen years before. God is gentle and humble of heart; unconditionally good and loving. Therefore we do not need to cower and grovel before God’s will. We need to trust in it; trust in its awesome beauty, its unconditional power to bring goodness out […]

What’s Holding You Back from a Deeper Faith

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia—Photography © by Michael Bickerstaff

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced […]

Real Stories of Prayer

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Power of a Praying Parent series “Real Stories of Prayer” by T. Thomas Prayer and suffering united to the Cross of Christ unleash God’s power, invite Him in and allow Him to work fully in our lives. This was made manifest to me eleven years ago when I was suffering from cancer.  Just after diagnosis and before staging, I had to […]

How Should We Pray for Our Children?

The Power of a Praying Parent series “How Should We Pray for Our Children?” by T. Thomas The first installment of this series addressed the fact that prayer is the best gift parents can give to their children. Now, let’s look at some ways we can pray for our kids. We can: Pray the Rosary—Meditating on each mystery and thinking of how […]

The Best Gift for Our Children is Praying for Them

"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

The Power of a Praying Parent series “The Best Gift for Our Children is Praying for Them” by T. Thomas Most of us would do anything for our kids, right? We give birth after hours of labor, sometimes without pain medication just so those kids will have “the best” start. We struggle through those early, sleepless weeks, tending to our babies’ every […]