How to pass on the articles of faith

By Tom McGrath| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family

Years ago, I learned a lesson about passing on religious faith during a golden summer while my family was on vacation. My daughters were young, about ages 3 and 6, and we were staying with my wife's extended family in a spacious summer home just a short walk from Lake Michigan's beautiful shoreline.


Resources for children and violence

U.S. Catholic| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article War and Peace

Resources for "It's Time to Stop Training Our Kids to Kill"
(July 1999 USC Sounding Board by Lt. Col. David Grossman)

Longer version of Col. Grossman's piece (plus reprint information)

"Trained to Kill" (full article and reprints from Christianity Today)

How to contact television networks


Offers unexpected gifts

By Wendy M.Wright | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family

I had never thought about it in quite that way. Never thought about parenting as a "charism." A calling perhaps. An undertaking of immense spiritual significance, certainly. But not a charism-a spirit-filled gift given for the enhancement of the wholec hurch. Not until I was asked to address the topic publicly. Then my instinctive response was, "If parenting is a charism, I'm pretty sure I don't possess it. Three children I have, a gift for parenting, I don't."

What could it really mean, I asked myself, to speak of parenting as a charism?


God is in the details

By Sue Fox McGovern | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family

In parishes across the country, parents are turning to each other to find support and wisdom in their quest to raise good kids. Mothers, in particular, have been using resources such as MOMS: A Personal Journal (Resource Publications, 1992) to help them set up programs based on the MOMS (Ministry of Mothers Sharing) model. One such group meets at Mary Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge,Illinois. Here is an excerpt from its recent newsletter:


Pass the faith please

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family
On Palm Sunday 2007 Father Joseph Kraker poured water over the head of a baby boy in St. Vincent's Church in Akron, Ohio. "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," he said, grinning as the baby sent forth a mighty howl.

Do Catholic universities make the grade?

By Richard Yanikoski| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Young Adults
We all love to cheer for Catholic colleges and universities, but it takes more than one way of being a Catholic university to educate today's students.

No trip to Disneyland

By Gregory Maher| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Social Justice
Mosquito netting and malaria medication aren’t usually on the packing list for a family vacation. But seeing the developing world firsthand can be the first step for young Catholics to realize that “it’s a small world, after all.”

Flower power

By Michael Daley| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
Small children and fictionalized bulls alike can teach us that goofing off can be a noble goal indeed.

I smiled when I saw my daughter Cara pull the spring sports sign-up sheet out of her book bag. My thoughts immediately drifted back to last year, her first full year of competitive soccer.


Nobody deserves a good spanking

By Megan Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family
By sparing the rod, both parents and children will learn the gospel discipline of nonviolence, argues this mother of four.

Five, four, three, two... This ominous countdown can be heard in my home of four kids under age 5 about every 10 to 20 minutes. What exactly is going to happen when I reach “one”?


Generation why?

By Christopher Ringwald| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Young Adults

Here's the good news from the land of Catholic teenagers: They want more. They want more religious knowledge, more connection with Jesus, and more direction and opportunity to live their faith in the parish and the world. And here's the bad news: They don't always get that.

 


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