Their teenage daughter is pregnant

What should they do? Sheila says “Our 15-year-old is pregnant — we need to help her raise the baby.” John says “We need to encourage her to give the baby up for adoption.” By Deacon Tom and JoAnne Fogle

Is Christmas making you crazy?

How to be a more peaceful parent By Dr. Cathleen McGreal As we pray for international peace during the Advent season, parents often have immediate concerns for preparing a tranquil family Christmas. I’ve found Advent challenging because it coincides with deadlines for exams and grades. When my four children were…

A candle for remembering

By Michelle Sessions DiFranco With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, it’s hard not to get caught up in everything that is, well, all about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Heck, how can we not, when we’re so bombarded with sights and sounds all around us? Set foot into the realm of…

Getting it wrong trying to make things right

What should they do? Tony says "She wants everything to be exactly even for the children." Lynne says "I want to give all of our children the same attention." By Deacon Tom and JoAnne Fogle

Shouldn’t my kids dress up for Mass?

By Dr. Cathleen McGreal Q: My kids fight me about getting dressed up for Mass — I think the girls should wear dresses and the boys should wear dress pants. They think clean jeans are fine. Now that they are teens, the battle is getting worse.

Blessed biscotti

Bake a batch of the sweet treat even St. Francis let himself enjoy By Michelle Sessions DiFranco What do a modern-day professor from Canada and a 13th-century saint from Italy have in common? The answer, improbably enough, is a cookbook, called Cooking with the Saints: An Illustrated Treasury of Authentic…

He thinks her faith is too much of a good thing

By Deacon Tom and JoAnne Fogle The first thing we noticed is both Laura and Steve agree that religious practices are driving them apart, instead of bringing them closer together. When both spouses recognize the particular wall that is keeping them apart, that is a step in the right direction.…

Does forgiving mean forgetting?

By Dr. Cathleen McGreal In his 1605 novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra writes, “Let us forget and forgive injuries.” When my son, Ryan, heard this month’s topic for my column, he immediately said, “Like the time I was playing ball in the living room…

A tisket, a tasket, a spiritual lift in a gift basket

By Michelle Sessions DiFranco Not long ago, a friend of mine was sharing how down she was feeling. She was pondering a litany of New Age remedies for her slump. At the end of our talk, she suggested that we go and get a pedicure together to help get her…

What do they do?

By Deacon Tom and JoAnne Fogle When Tim and Maureen, like all married couples before them, stood before God and the community and pledged their love by repeating the words “for better, for worse” or “in good times and in bad,” they totally committed themselves to each other. No matter…
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