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Mission Possible: Rediscovering Catholic Family Identity

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working  document for the Synod. The following is part of that ongoing series. In November 2013, I was asked by my bishop to provide a response to [Read More...]

“This Book Changed My Life”

Every once in a while the Holy Spirit allows me a glance at how he’s using my work to touch the hearts of his people.  It’s always humbling and I’m always truly grateful for the experience.  Earlier today, I came across a post by Molly Milroy of Ignitum Today titled, “Five Books That Changed My Life” [Read More...]

Sesame Street Tells Lies that Hurt Kids (OR, Why “Any Group of People / Living Together And Loving Each Other” ISN’T “Doing the Family Thing”)

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.  In the last decade, especially, in a well-intentioned effort to be inclusive, educators and broadcasters have been redefining what it means [Read More...]

Why Is the Family So Important Anyway?– The Catholic Channel Symposium on the Extraordinary Synod for the Family.

In light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family and the recent release of the working document on the Synod, the Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a special symposium on the Catholic vision of marriage and family life and the specific challenges to both living out and promoting that vision.   In light of this [Read More...]

Was Facebook Manipulating Us? Maybe Not.

A lot of folks are pretty upset with Facebook for “manipulating” them.  A recent study showed that Facebook adjusted the algorithm that posts notifications to your wall.  At various times, they let through more “negative” posts.  Other times they let through more “positive” posts.  Then they checked the tone of your status updates to see [Read More...]

WE WIN!!!! SCOTUS SAYS HOBBY LOBBY NOT BOUND–MANDATE PRACTICALLY UNENFORCEABLE!!!!

Yes!!! 5-4   Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, & Kagan dissent.

Today’s Cool Kids Are Tomorrow’s At-Risk Kids

A new study may provide both a cautionary tale for parents of cool kids and a moment of schadenfreude for adults who were bullied in childhood.    At 13, they were viewed by classmates with envy, admiration and not a little awe. The girls wore makeup, had boyfriends and went to parties held by older [Read More...]

Prayer Promotes Bonding, Study Says.

Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, is famous for the slogan, “the family that prays together, stays together.”  In our books, our radio program and counseling practice, we strongly recommend both couple and family prayer as a way of increasing intimacy and responding to the differences that can divide.  Of course, this isn’t just true [Read More...]

Can A Bad Marriage Kill You? Study Says, “Yes, and A Good Marriage May Heal.”

From Science Daily The affairs of the heart may actually affect the affairs of the heart in ways previously not understood.”Growing evidence suggests that the quality and patterns of one’s social relationships may be linked with a variety of health outcomes, including heart disease,” says Thomas Kamarck, professor of psychology and Biological and Health Program [Read More...]

Kids with Strong Bonds to Parents Have Better Relationships with Peers & Are More Adaptable

From Science Daily-Mind/Brain News. What social skills does a three-year-old bring to interactions with a new peer partner? If he has strong bonds to his parents, the child is likely to be a positive, responsive playmate, and he’ll be able to adapt to a difficult peer by asserting his needs, according to a new University [Read More...]
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