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Raising a Holy Family

The importance of being engaged in family life is key to raising a holy family.  Our goal as parents should be to raise saints, also known as holy people, that will one day make it to heaven.  On a more practical/secular level, we want to raise children that make good moral decisions, make good grades, and lead successful lives.  Like it or not, we as parents are the people who have the most influence over our children.  No one can take ...
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Joy in the Midst of Suffering

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We are a Joyful People

We are called to be a joyful people, not because we are always happy or that things always go our way, but because we are children of God and He loves us with a never ending love.  Christians in the early Church had great joy and that joy was infectious, people were compelled to become Christians because of their love even though being a Christian meant that your life could be in danger.  Love is expressed ...

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Family Matters

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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 ...

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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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