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Extraordinary Synod on the Family Round-up

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family begins this weekend.  Here are some of the posts I’ve written over the last few months on the synod.  To see more great writing on the Synod by my fellow Patheos bloggers, go here! The Synod: What is it?  Who Cares? Pope Francis Calls Extraordinary Synod on the Family [Read More...]

NC Register says, “Just Married” Is Just the Thing for Couples of All Ages

At the National Catholic Register, Sara Reinhard posted a lovely review of Lisa and my book, Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the First 5 Years of Marriage.    Sometimes, the wedding bells aren’t even done ringing before you start to wonder just what you’ve gotten yourself into. Greg and Lisa [Read More...]

All Shook Up: “Therapy Better than Meds for Overcoming Anxiety.” Says Major Study

About a week-and-a-half ago, I taped a series on Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic on anxiety and my book, God Help Me, This Stress Is Driving Me Crazy!  Finding Balance through God’s  Grace.  At the time, I asserted that while most people only receive medication by way of treatment for anxiety disorders, medication is [Read More...]

Yes, There IS a Catholic Way to Parent. Here’s Why.

Is there a Catholic way to parent? It really depends upon what you mean by the question.  If you mean, “Is there an approved list of preferred parenting methods the Church requires that we use for child rearing?”  Well then, of course the answer is “certainly not!” But if you mean, “Does our Catholic faith [Read More...]

Do Your Kids Get Along? Sibling Bullying Serious Threat to Kids’ Mental Health

Our Church teaches us that families are called to be “Schools of Love and Virtue”  where children learn all the virtues that help them live life as a gift.  For a significant number of children the story may be very different. Children who are bullied by siblings several times a week in early adolescence are [Read More...]

Only 1 in 4 Kids with ADHD Is Getting the Right Treatment–Is Yours?

Evidence shows that children with ADHD do better and can take lower doses of stimulant medications when they receive behavioral therapy along with ADHD drugs. “Treatment of ADHD in children generates lots of controversy, primarily because of potential for overuse and abuse of stimulant medications,” said Dr. Walid F. Gellad, the study’s lead author and [Read More...]

Is YOUR Spouse Holding You Back?

As much as we might try to leave personal lives at home, the personality traits of a spouse have a way of following us into the workplace, exerting a powerful influence on promotions, salaries, job satisfaction and other measures of professional success, new research suggests. When it comes to pay raises, promotions and other measures [Read More...]

“Mommy, Daddy, Stop Fighting!” Parental Conflict Hurts Kids’ Ability to Identify/Control Emotions

Exposure to verbal and physical aggression between parents may hurt a child’s ability to identify and control emotions, according to a longitudinal study. Exposure to conflict…in the home can shape children’s neurobiological, cognitive, and behavioral responses. “Our study points to ways in which aggression between parents may powerfully shape children’s emotional adjustment,” says C. Cybele [Read More...]

Is the Pope Approving of Cohabitation & Having Children Out of Wedlock?

Pope weddingMany of you continue to email and message me about the weddings that took place at the Vatican on Sunday. So I thought I would provide some great resources that should help answer your questions. For starters, in my weekly on air discussion with EWTN's Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis today, she explained how the Pope asked the Archbishop of Rom...

All Things Christ: Letting Go Of The Fear Factor

Worry"I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me" 

Philippians 4:13​


If there is one message my spiritual director, Msgr. Michael Bugarin is always telling me it’s this short but oh so meaningful statement: “All things Christ, Teresa; All things Christ.”  And as I look arou...

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