Family life and the role of order

Posted by Mary Korson on May 10, 2019 7:01:00 AM

Anyone with very small children – think, 0-3 years old – knows that things often do not go according to plan. There’s the blowout diaper right as you walk out the door. The nap-strike that leads to an emotional meltdown when dinner needs to be made. The relentless demand for a story when a deadline looms. Yet, we’ve all heard the adage “kids thrive with schedules.”

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Topics: family life, virtue, parenting

A lesson in almsgiving from an 8-year-old

Posted by Lesley Kirzeder on Apr 13, 2019 7:32:00 AM

Out-of-uniform “dress down” days are a common way for Catholic schools to incentivize charitable giving among their students. This month’s dress down day at my children’s grade school benefitted the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, so the school was collecting canned goods instead of money.

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Topics: almsgiving, Lent, prayer, family life, inspiration

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

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