Money & Stewardship

How to have great conversations with your kids

It is always good to talk with our children, but certain great conversations truly make a difference, echoing in their minds throughout their lives. We parents (and grandparents) possess a unique ability to initiate and guide these conversations so that our children can discover their primary identity as a son…

You’re grounded

To be human is to be grounded by our bodies, and we must come to term with their limits

Avoiding the Disneyland Meltdown

Several years ago our family took a leap of faith and went to Disneyland. This required well over a year of saving to afford the airfare, park tickets and a room in the Disneyland Hotel. Arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon, our girls burst into our room inspecting…

How to make the best of tough transitions at your parish

Many years ago, T.H. White’s The Once and Future King fascinated me with its retelling of the legend of King Arthur. White’s tragic version of the legend explores the romantic ideal of a good king who struggles to bring a reign of justice and prosperity in the form of an…

Real love vs. pornography

In the late 1930s, Nikolaas Tinbergen demonstrated a new concept in biology: “supernormal stimulus.” Introducing plaster eggs larger and more brightly colored than ordinary eggs into birds’ nests, he found that birds could be tricked into neglecting their real eggs in favor of the fake ones. Similarly, he used models,…