Investing time in our children, an antidote to abuse

Posted by Alex Wallace, MA, LMHCA, CRC on Mar 1, 2019 4:47:54 PM

 

Parents (and all people) today are rightly concerned about the safety and well-being of our children, especially when it comes to sexual abuse. While we can and should put institutional safeguards in place to reduce the risks of abuse, we parents can also teach our children to speak up when they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. For that to happen, we need to invest our time.

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Topics: family life, parenting, teaching resources, safe environment

What is Candlemas and how to observe it

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jan 30, 2019 7:12:00 AM

On February 2—forty days after Christmas—the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, calling to mind the Holy Family’s observance of the Mosaic Law (see Leviticus 12:1–8). Mary comes to the Temple forty days after giving birth to Jesus, and she and Joseph offer for her purification a sacrifice of two turtledoves, the offering prescribed for the poor. In addition, Mary and Joseph present and dedicate Jesus to God, as he is Mary’s firstborn Son (see Exodus 13:2–16).

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Topics: family life, holidays, traditions, DIY, feast days

Building a pro-life household

Posted by Claire Fyrqvist on Jan 18, 2019 10:34:00 AM

In this week leading up to the March for Life, our focus understandably turns to the topic of abortion. However, living a consistent ethic of life and building a pro-life household goes beyond the ramifications of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Below are some of the ways my husband and I have tried to live and hand on a consistent ethic of life to our children.

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Topics: pro-life, family life, motherhood, parenting, fatherhood

Pro-life means taking care of mothers, too

Posted by Christina Leblang on Jan 17, 2019 10:34:00 AM

A friend told me in college that she couldn’t be pro-life because “not all mothers have the support they need to choose life. Pro-life people need to take care of the mothers, too.”

Until that conversation, I thought the issue of abortion was straightforward. (In many ways, it is: Life is a precious gift from God and should be treasured at all times, from conception to natural death.) But my friend opened my eyes to see beyond the babies to include the mothers carrying those babies in their womb.

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Topics: pro-life, family life, motherhood