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My wife and I are the only members of our family to have moved away from our hometown, the rest of our siblings chose to make their home fairly close to our parents, but we moved a mere three hours west to a smaller city.  So for the last 27 years we have raised our family and become a part of the community in Central Texas.  We were always the ones who drove in from out of town to be ...

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Wearing Your Catholic Faith

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iPray1We attended the Midwest Catholic Family Conference (in Wichita, KS) in early
August of 2011 and stumbled across Faith Factory Catholic T-shirts in the Exhibitors hall.  They had some great designs and a special deal for large families to purchase matching shirts ($10 per shirt).  Here is a picture of us in our new Catholic apparel:

We have found that wearing color coordinated shirts not only makes ...

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A Place Set Apart for Families

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For the last 4 years, my family and I have driven across the country (23 hours) to attend a week long family camp at Catholic Familyland near Steubenville Ohio. The question I initially asked myself is why and you may be wondering the same thing.  As a Catholic Father, I want to raise my children to be strong in their faith, not only in head knowledge, but in a deep personal relationship with our Lord.  To this end, we are very ...

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Making Jesus the Lord of Your Family

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The question we should ask ourselves is “if our family was in a court of law, would there be enough evidence to convict us of being a Christian family”.  It is not enough for us to say that our family views Jesus as it’s Lord, our actions must also demonstrate it.  We must “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).  We must have ...

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Respect Within the Family

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What is Respect?

Respect is defined as “a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important” and also as “a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.”   While these two definitions may seem to be two ways of saying the same thing, I feel that the first definition keys in on respect being given to those who have earned it by their physical or mental abilities, ...

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How to Avoid Heartache in Dating

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The Importance of Emotional Chastity in the Dating Process

In my first article, Dating with Purpose, I provided the big picture of how youth, with the assistance of their parents, can navigate the rough waters of relationships and approach them with maturity and purpose.  This article delves deeper into how to interact with other people in appropriate ways.  We all have a desire to be loved.  In pursuit of that love, we are tempted ...
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Let’s Talk About Dating

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What is the Goal of Dating?

Most of us have grown up with dating being a part of our lives or a part of the lives of people we know and love.  When we think of dating many may consider it to be an integral part of finding a spouse and for the most part that is what it used to be and perhaps our society has lost sight of that end goal in the past 20 years.  Today it seems ...

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Pope Francis’ Concern for the Family

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Pope Francis has a deep love and concern for the state of the family.  He has called an extraordinary synod on the family and sent out a survey on the challenges facing families around the world.  He is not just concerned about the external challenges facing the family, but is seeking to encourage families to achieve more than the status quo, to be truly joy filled families that are a light in the world.

Here is his latest letter ...

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