US Catholic Faith in Real Life

The art of faith

Images are as powerful as words when sharing the Christian story.

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith

Our family was visiting our pastor’s house when our daughter Teenasia, then 9, commented on a framed print on the wall. It was a black Madonna and child. “That is so cool,” she said. “Baby Jesus is wearing an African shirt. I love that.” A couple weeks later after Mass, Father Mike gave Teenasia a smaller version of the print. It hangs outside our kitchen, near our huge dry-erase family calendar. The print is not only a reminder of our family’s faith in Jesus and our trust in his mother, but also a reminder to Teenasia of Father Mike’s thoughtfulness and generosity. 

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Say thanks—your life depends on it

Make sure your family has what it needs to be grateful this year.

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith
A few years ago Dave, father of five, lost his job and had to take a new one at a significant salary cut. Dave and his wife, Maureen, sold their home at a considerable loss and downsized into a much smaller home. They cut family vacations, name-brand clothing, eating out, and many other things they had previously enjoyed. Looking back on the past several years, however, Maureen is not bitter nor resentful. Instead she is grateful. 
 

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When should kids quit their commitments?

When kids want to quit an activity, parents shouldn't give up their role in guiding their children to the right decision.

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Lifestyle

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Grace under pressure

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith
Julia and Pat’s daughter Megan was born 11 weeks premature with Down syndrome. Now 18 months old, she has many health and developmental challenges. “Each day we have to choose between doing what’s best for her and the things we’d rather spend our time doing for ourselves,” says Julia. 
 

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When the apple falls far from the tree

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith
Francis, father of four, has little in common with his youngest daughter, who is 11. A quiet, reserved man, Francis approaches life in a deliberate, conscientious, thoughtful way. “Sometimes decision-making is difficult for me, because I like to research all my options,” he says. “My daughter Claire, on the other hand, is impulsive and outgoing. She can be demanding when she wants something, because she wants it right now! It can be exhausting. It’s difficult to relate to her personality because it is so different than my own.” 
 

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Don't worry—anxiety is an age-old problem

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith
Jennifer, mother of two school-aged boys, finds that parenting is fraught with anxiety. “I am doomed because I come from a long line of worriers,” she says. “I have anxiety about whether I am being the best parent I can be. I also have anxiety about my boys becoming teenagers and something happening to them because of an accident or bad choice that I cannot control.”
 

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How families turn faith into action

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith
On one of the first evenings after our then foster (now adopted) daughter Teenasia came to live with us, second-grade Jacob was at the dining room table doing religion homework to prepare for his upcoming First Communion. My husband, Bill, was upstairs giving 4-year-old Liam a bath, and I was holding wriggling 16-month-old Teenasia, trying to wash her hair in the kitchen sink. I found I couldn’t hold her with one arm and wash her hair with the other. 
 

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Good night, to-do list

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill |
Article Your Faith
Every weeknight, sometime between 9:30 and 10:45 p.m., my husband will stand and say, “I’m heading up.” He climbs the stairs, stops in the bathroom, and gets into bed. This takes about approximately a minute and 47 seconds. He might read for a while. Then he falls asleep.  
 

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Don't be your child's rescue squad

Parenting a child when things go wrong is a difficult task for many parents.

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith
A couple years ago, when Jon’s daughter tried out for the local club soccer team, she was placed on the B team. “Kayla had been the star of her rec team the year before,” Jon says. “My wife and I thought this was a huge miss on the club’s part.” Jon knew the club’s director and called him to ask that Kayla be given a chance to play on the A team. Feeling pressured, the director did as Jon asked, and Kayla landed on the A squad. 
 

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Warm up your new year

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article Your Faith

If 2014 was a bit rocky for your family, this long New Year’s weekend might be just what you need to get back on track. Find a cozy time and talk as a family about some things you’d like to do better in 2015. Consider having a calendar out, so you can write down any good ideas that come up. Pour some hot cocoa or steaming cups of cider—studies show that hot liquids make us feel warmer and more generous toward others.

Here are some New Year's resolutions that could help your family have a better year in 2015:

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