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Holiday Survival Guide: 5 Great Ideas for Coping with Your Crazy Family

Ah, Christmas. A solemn, joyful time of year for Christians, where silent and holy nights are de rigueur and Norman Rockwell springs eternal in the collective unconscious of the American mind.  And then it happens…. You try–contrary to what conventional wisdom says about the subject–to go home again. Now, let me state right up front that this article [Read More...]

Surprise! 2 Things Happy Relationships and Christmas Have in Common

If you had to pick two qualities that characterize the spirit of Christmas, you could hardly do better than kindness and generosity. It turns out that kindness and generosity are the two qualities that, more than any other, distinguish happy couples from the also-rans.   New research by the Gottman Relationship Institute says that happy [Read More...]

Torture As Ineffective as It is Unethical

A lot of my fellow Catholic patheosi have been engaging the torture debate in light of the recent report from congress.  I will leave the moral dimensions of the debate to more able hands–it is sufficient for me to know that our faith deems torture an offense against the dignity of the person (c.f., Evangelium [Read More...]

Awesome FREE Parenting Resource

The latest issue of Tender Tidings, the e-magazine for intentional Catholic parents is out! Here are some of the great things you’ll find inside: Sleep stories from intentional parents, tips for getting more sleep, the science of safe co-sleeping What can the Holy Family teach us about parenting? Dr. Greg provides tips for getting young [Read More...]

For Better or Worse: You’ll Be Surprised at These 4 Ways Marriage Changes You!

We all know that marriage changes us, but new research in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships looks at exactly how that process happens and the specific changes we can expect to see based on the way we respond to the ups and downs of married life.  According to the study, there are 4 ways couples [Read More...]

Parent Rx: Tantrums and Mass Behavior

My latest ParentRx Q&A Column from the upcoming issue of Tender Tidings. My five-year-old daughter still throws temper tantrums occasionally, which are usually triggered by not getting her way with something that seems rather trivial to us. Sometimes we have no idea what caused the tantrum, and have a hard time getting her to tell [Read More...]

Pope Francis & Pope Emeritus Benedict Agree on Annulments

From a recent interview with Pope Francis. The family is so beaten up, young people don´t get married. What´s the problem? When they finally come to get married, having already moved in together, we think it´s enough to offer them three talks to get them ready for marriage. But it´s not enough because the great [Read More...]

Feeling Blah? The Cure For Apathy.

The Catholic Almanac’s Emily Stimpson interviewed me for a piece in OSV  titled, Our Brother’s Keeper. Fighting Apathy.  Here’s a sample… Surveying the cultural landscape, a growing number of commentators have diagnosed Americans’ declining interest in political and community involvement as one of apathy. But that, said Dr. Gregory Popcak, executive director of CatholicCounselors.com, is just [Read More...]

Holy Sex in the Huffington Post

  My book, Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving got a mention in an article over at the Huffington Post.   “Sexier Religious Holidays:  11 Sugarplums of Wisdom.” Apparently, I am the 10th sugarplum (just as I always suspected ;-).

“My Sister, My Bride”–6 Reasons Why Catholics MUST Marry Their Best Friend

Taking a cue from the classic rom-com, When Harry Met Sally,  an article at RealClearReligion.com argues that husbands and wives should not expect to be each other’s best friend.   The author, Mark Judge, writes, “I married my best friend.”  You often hear this said, from new brides to celebrities. Even the President of the United States says he [Read More...]
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