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After Action Report: Prom

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Two weeks after my daughter attended the High School Prom, we wrote up our collective thoughts on her attendance.  We wanted to take some time to sort through our emotions, analyze the decision and then write the comments down (and still be a good husband and Father to our nine children).

My daughter’s Reflection

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Educating the Next Generation

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A number of years ago on a Saturday evening, I volunteered to be a chaperone at the local High School Prom.  As I mentioned in my previous post about this particular Prom, I was not going to chaperone my daughter and her friend, I was there to observe the prom and ensure that my daughter was in a safe place.  My participation in this event had an additional effect on me in that it confirmed my wife and I in ...

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A Family that Plays Together…

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A family that plays together… has a lot of fun.  Remember when your kids were young, under age six or so?  Did you play with them, read books to them, spend time with them just doing random things that made them smile and laugh? Fast forward to the adolescent years, how do we continue to cultivate a solid relationship with our teens?  Unfortunately for many families, as our children enter young adulthood, we lose touch with them and gradually grow ...

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A Light in the Darkness

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“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen” Matt 4:16.

Yesterday we celebrated the birth of the Light of the World, what joy we should feel that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to save us from our sins.  In spite of the seemingly endless occurrences of senseless violence in our society, acts of terrorism, wars, increased crime, ...

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Let the Children come, Overcoming Challenges at Church

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Pope Francis recently said that “Children’s tears are the best sermon” and he encouraged parents to bring their children to mass even though they may cause a disruption from time to time.  I agree with the Pope completely, too often parents stop bringing their children or stop coming to Church all together due to ugly comments or dirty looks by fellow parishioners.  While I do think that it is ok for children to have an occasional outburst during ...

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Raising Saints, Missionaries, and Martyrs

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Your Holy Family

The purpose of this article is to provide some guidance, encouragement, and practical advice on how to live out the Gospel within your family.  The Gospel message is consistent and can be applied not only to individual lives, but to family life as well.  Our families should reflect the love of God in our fallen world.This may sound like an unattainable goal but it ...

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A Family that Plays Together…

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In May of 2011, we  hosted a parish dance at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, TX featuring L’Angelus.

L’Angelus is a family band that has Cajun and Irish roots.  The musicians are the Rees family’s four oldest children: Katie, 28; Paige, 27; John, 24; and Steve, 23  In addition to the 4 oldest, the Rees family has four younger children.  They are a shining example of a family who is seeking to follow God’s plan for their lives.

My family first encountered ...

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