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My Family is Struggling and I Need Help…

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“My son is a college student who is struggling with some very tough issues. As his mother, I realized I was not equipped to help him. I went to Mass weekly, went to confession yearly, and said my prayers, but it had simply become the minimum of what I had to do. After taking the course, Discernment of Spirits, I realized that the minimum would not help my family. I needed spiritual strength... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

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On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part IV of IV)

September 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

André-Henri Dargelas (French, 1828-1906). 'Children Going to Church,' 1828-1906. graphite with watercolor details and gouache on moderately textured, moderately thick, cream laid paper. Walters Art Museum (37.1407): Acquired by William T. Walters, 1870 (?).

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part IV of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Part III looked at what it means to be prophet... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part II of IV)

September 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part II of IV) Editor’s Note: In part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Today, we begin to consider what being priest, prophet and king means by delving into what it means to be priest in the world and how parents carry that out within the family. What it Means to be Priest, Prophet and King in the... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part I of IV)

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part I of IV) Editor’s Note:  As a nod to the World Meeting of Families, in this post we will look at how the family, as domestic Church, hands on the faith by living out her share of Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king, and by responding to the universal call to holiness.  Today we will introduce our topic and examine... Read More

Families from Around the World

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Saint John Paul II and Saint Gianna have been chosen as the two worthy Patron Saints to guide all in preparation and participation of this international event as they fully embody the history, mission and theme of the World Meeting of Families 2015. – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Dear Friends, Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the work we do through the Avila Foundation to draw Christians... Read More

Otherworldly Series

October 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Last Things, Trent Beattie

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Otherworldly Series Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again Editor’s Note: If you’ve ever doubted the connection between souls in the Church Militant (that’s us) and souls in the next life, read and doubt no more… Baseball coach Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world. Rich Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before... Read More

Fallen away family member – What can I do?

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Dear Father John, how can I convince family members who have fallen away from the faith to come back to God and the Church? You can’t. Only God can do that. But you can help. Here are some thoughts about how. There is more going on in this question than meets the eye. Almost every believer faces a question like this at some point in their journey. It can take different forms. Some of my priest... Read More

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