US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Lessons in love from a growing family

There’s always enough love to go around.

By Matt Paolelli |
Article Your Faith

This was not our first rodeo.

After several tense moments of anticipation, the test finally flashed “PREGNANT,” and it became official: our third pregnancy in four years.

The difference between preparing for our first child and our third was night and day.

When my wife, Theresa, and I discovered we were expecting for the first time, we went into expectant parent overdrive: We read books and online articles for new parents that talked through best- and worst-case scenarios. I started a dad blog to capture all my prebirth wonders and worries.

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Teach kids how the resurrection guides Catholic life

Though perhaps difficult to explain, belief in the resurrection changes everything.

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck |
Article Your Faith

The story of Jesus’ resurrection is the gospel account most central to the faith of Christians, yet, in a paradox, it’s arguably the most difficult gospel story to believe. Healing the sick and even walking on water begin to seem like minor miracles when compared to being killed on a cross, being dead for three days, and then rising to new life.

Yet if we believe in the resurrection of Christ—if we truly believe—it should change everything about the way we live.

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Struggling with anger? God gives you the tools you need

Anger can paralyze, instead pause and pray.

By Shemaiah Gonzalez |
Article Your Faith

As a kid growing up in Southern California, I’d pull out the little, red portable record player from under my bed and play one of my favorite records, Music Machine. This Christian record for kids had catchy songs about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I can still remember all the words to songs about kindness, patience, and joy, but the song on self-control really struck a chord with me.

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4 ways to help your child manage fear

Respond to kids' emotions instead of minimizing them.

By Mary Lynn Hendrickson |
Article Your Faith

An old friend of mine likes to joke that if you go to Mass and the opening song is “Be Not Afraid,” you probably have every right to be fearful. Either the Bible readings will make you feel like you’re going to hell in a handbasket or the finance committee will announce the parish is a million dollars in debt!

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Nobody deserves a good spanking

By sparing the rod, both parents and children will learn the gospel discipline of nonviolence.

By Megan Clarke |
Article Your Faith

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”?

So far my luck has held as my children always seem to scurry into compliance a split second before that. (I often have to slow down and start an early math lesson in fractions to avoid revealing the emptiness of my threat.) But I am counting down not their doom but the time Mama needs to cool off and dig up extra patience.

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