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Rediscovering “Work” with Purpose

September 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Family Life, God's Will


Rediscovering “Work” with Purpose   Labor Day marks the end of the summer season for Americans as it represents a return to work and school for many. In particular, it is meant to serve as a tribute for the contributions and achievements of American workers. While the day is marked mostly by families having parties and barbecues in the more accommodating September weather, it should be a moment... Read More

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


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 III of IV)

September 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler


The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part III 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. Today, we will look at what it means to be... Read More

Spiritual Steps for Your Choleric Child

June 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Family Life, Nancy HC Ward, Spiritual Life

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Saint or Tyrant? A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child   Hippocrates noted four patterns of behavior: choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and melancholic. Author, mother and blogger Connie Rossini has created a dynamic new set of spiritual growth plans for her children. She shares her strategies in the first book of the series: A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child. Here we learn... Read More

My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do?

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Faith, Family Life, Fr. Bartunek


My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do? Dear Father John, should it bother me when my 20 year old son goes to Mass but does not receive communion? And what should I do about it? It should concern you, but it should also fill you with healthy pride. It should bother you, because a choice not to receive Holy Communion means one of two things. First, it could mean that your son is... Read More

Family and the Vice-Filled Path to Holiness

September 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Way of Perfection (Week 3 of 10) Commend to God often any friend who is at fault and strive on your own part to practice with perfection the virtue that is opposite of her fault. Make determined efforts to do this so that you may teach by actions what your friends could never learn by words nor gain through suffering.  The habit of performing some conspicuously virtuous action through seeing... Read More

Honor Your Father and Mother: Is There a Limit?


Let’s face it, not all parents are perfect and some fall very short of that mark. In our dysfunctional world, many people today have come from homes of abuse and extreme neglect. In striving to be good Christians, many struggle with this commandment. So, let’s take a closer look. Can we honor parents who constantly hurt or abuse us? The answer is yes- but with qualifications. Since we are called... Read More

How to pray & grow with family demands pulling at me?

December 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Family Prayer, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer


Dear Father John, between caring for my four young kids and husband, running my household, and working a part time job, I sometimes find that prayer time gets pushed aside again and again until it’s almost non-existent (or only on Sunday mornings). I need some help prioritizing my prayer time and making my faith a larger part of my everyday life. Any suggestions? This can be a particularly difficult... Read More

Stay at home!? Isn’t there more than this…?

November 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Family Life, Fr. Bartunek, Motherhood


Dear Father John, I am an at-home mom of 4 young children (none of them in school yet) and it’s terrible to admit, but I can’t help but feel sometimes that God means for me to do “more than this.” I am an attorney and practiced successfully for several years before getting married and becoming a mom. My kids mean the world to me, but isn’t it possible that God doesn’t... Read More

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