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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