The Family in God’s Image
What do you think of when you hear the word “family”? For many of us, it recalls our childhood family of origin – dad, mom, and siblings. For others it is our present nuclear family including our spouse and children. Some of us may think of our extended family — cousins, aunts and uncles, in-laws, and so on. The word family stimulates all these thoughts and more. But have you ever considered your family as being in God’s image? What does that even mean? Read More >
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. - John Paul II
A Family-Friendly Guide to Sex Education
Written By: Leila Marie Lawler “How do I answer my children’s questions about what they hear on the news?” “How do I parent in a post-Obergefell world?” “My childhood was far from innocent. How do I raise my children?” Parents … Read more >
Three Thoughts That Have Changed My Life
I was asked not long ago to share what I thought might be the three most powerful thoughts from Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. These three things continually fill me with wonder and awe, and are becoming the tripod on which I stand to view God, life, and everything in between… Read more >
The Kids Are Not All Right
More than 36 percent of teenaged girls in America are depressed or have suffered a recent major depressive episode, according to a study published in Translational Psychiatry. For boys, the rate is 13.6 percent. What are we doing to the … Read more >
Be the Master of Your Own Mystery
Regarding the use of birth control, Fulton J. Sheen says this: “So-called birth control, which assists in neither birth nor control, is based on the philosophy that love is without obligations.” Read more >
Why is the Catholic Church Against Contraception?
(This article was originally posted at ChastityProject.com, click here) Contraception is nothing new; history records people using various methods of birth control four thousand years ago. Ancient people swallowed potions to cause temporary sterility; they used linens, wool, or animal skins … Read more >
Pope John Paul II’s Advice for Families
My friend and I were each eating a doughnut after Mass. He carried a book I recognized.
“How do you like that book?” I casually asked as we both took another bite.
“It’s great: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, by that Covey fellow. I wish our Church would write something like this. You know, this fellow is a Mormon. We can learn a lot about family life from them. They think the family is really important.” Read more >
Five “Marks” of a Catholic Family
Should Catholic families be different in some way from other families (other than in the ways we pray and the rules we follow) and, if so, what does that look like? Read more >
Theology of the Body for the Aged
Coming to mind was my beautiful teacher, Christopher West saying in class, “If you have body, the Theology of the Body is for you.”
The aged certainly have bodies, and though TOB is often classified as a teaching about sex and marriage, the reality is that it is much more about all of life, and being a human person made in the image and likeness of God. It cannot and should not be limited to anything less than that. And so, encompassing all of life, TOB does indeed have much beauty to offer those in their twilight years. Read more >
He Created Them Male and Female and Blessed Them
“Man and woman were made ‘for each other’ … He created them to be a communion of persons, in which each can be ‘helpmate’ to the other, for they are equal as persons and complementary as masculine and feminine.” (CCC … Read more >