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Kids Eat Free!

Mary Jo reflects on Pope Francis’s advice to parents to make memories with their families in her own family’s experience on vacation in Toronto.


A Short Guide to Praying as a Family

A Short Guide to Praying as a Family is a marvelous how-to guide for families who want to pray together but don’t know how, as well as for families who do pray together and want to progress even further in their shared life of prayer.


Can Religion Strengthen Marriage in America? Leaders in MN Respond.

Mitch Pearlstein, PhD recently published a report through the Center of the American Experiment which sought to answer the question of whether or not America’s religious traditions can in fact strengthen marriage. And Minnesota leaders said yes.


Homily on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

At a Mass where Pope Francis baptized 26 children, he encouraged parents to remember that the greatest inheritance they can give their children is faith.


On the Nativity

In his weekly audience, Pope Francis spoke of the Child Jesus and how much he teaches all of us about humility and faith. He encouraged parents and grandparents to learn from their own children.


Address to Employees of the Holy See and Vatican City

Pope Francis encouraged Vatican employees to take care of their families and to prioritize their relationships with spouse and children.


Adoption Story, Part 2: God In the Details

Mary Jo shares what it was like to welcome their three-and-a-half year old son Peter into their family through international adoption.


Living Out a Fruitful Marriage (before having kids)

Newlywed Megan writes about the “exciting and terrifying” prospect of having children, and how she and her husband Juan express their openness to life and commitment to (God-willing) future children.


Adopting – A Gift from God

Dennis shares his family’s story of adopting a little boy from Russia over 20 years ago. “As I reflect back, I really believe that God was in complete control over the entire adoption process.”


A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

November is traditionally a time we pray for our family members and friends who have passed away, and it is also National Adoption Month. This touching first-person story touches on both of these topics, showing how God can bring beauty out of suffering.


On Promises Made to Children

The promise to love, from parents to children, is universal, says Pope Francis.


On Ministry to Divorced and Remarried Catholics

On August 5, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about lovingly ministering to divorced and remarried Catholic and their families as the Good Shepherd would.


Abortion’s “Selma” Moment

Josh discusses how he encouraged his teenage son to be active in advocating for justice. Both publicly protested the actions of Planned Parenthood after the release of undercover videos that Josh calls the “Selma” of the anti-abortion movement.


Highlights from Pope Francis’ Latin American Trip: On the Family

Pope Francis continued to speak about the family during his pastoral visit to Latin America, July 5th – 13th, with a particular emphasis on the Church’s mother, Mary.


When Parents Divorce or Separate AND Now What Do I Do?

Catholic school counselor and creator of Faith Journeys Foundation Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski provides well-structured and interactive workbooks for children and adolescents experiencing their parents’ separation or divorce.


On Family Wounds: Do Not Scandalize the Little Ones

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis addressed the wounds which radiate from a difficult relationship between parents to their children.


Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Alone in the bathroom, staring blankly at the negative test, you tearfully ask yourself, “Why am I not pregnant yet?” Later, you may find yourself talking to your doctor about a “take-home baby” and come face to face with the costly, invasive and sometimes morally questionable reality of fertility treatments. You wonder, “Is there any […]


Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

What do infertility specialists tell couples? Hoping to find out firsthand, I called the number in a newspaper ad and joined an open house at a fertility clinic. I am sure that I was the only Roman Catholic priest there, although street clothes gave no clue to my identity. My experience that evening could not […]


“Responsorial Psalmnesia” and Other Catholic Disorders

With light-hearted reflection, Mary Jo enumerates several religious “disorders” that are common in her family. Raising saints can include joy…and humor!


Marriage and Parenthood: Vocation, Communion, and Mission

In an address at the commencement of the Ecclesial Congress of Rome, Pope Francis spoke about marriage and parenthood as vocation, communion, and mission.


On the Importance of Ministry to Single Parents and Their Children

Pope Francis speaks to the Latvian and Estonian bishops about the importance of strengthening their family ministry, especially with the rise of single-parent families.


Intentionally Child-Free

Emily Macke critically examines the claims of a recent article touting the “child-free” lifestyle, where men and women deliberately forgo having children for a variety of reasons.


Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked

Yes, they do! Journalist and dad Paul Raeburn gives a convincing argument, based in a variety of research fields, that fathers are indeed important to their children.


On the Education of Children

As part of his continuing reflections on the family, the pope exhorts parents to educate their children.


An Adoption Love Story

An Adoption Love Story

Ed. Note: Adoption is a wonderful gift. Though sometimes portrayed in negative ways by the media, most experiences of adoption are beautiful love stories—such as the one Jenny* shares below. My husband Bill and I have been married for six years. Having children and raising a family had always been our expectation. By the time […]


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