Posts Tagged ‘children’
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes grace as the “free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God.” My husband, Frank, and I have experienced God’s “undeserved help,” as we have wrestled with His plan for our family. We now know it was God’s grace […]
Pope Francis speaks of a number of difficulties that face the family in the effort to balance family life and work. He reminds us what our true priorities should be oriented toward: the family.
Pope Francis reminds parents of the importance of slowing down and taking time to play with their children and spending time together as a family.
While divorce was once a topic discussed delicately, some are now using it as an occasion to celebrate lavishly. Emily Macke discusses the rise of “divorce parties” and the lingering effects of divorce, especially on children.
“Encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor 13:11) Follow the advice of St. Paul today. Fathers, set an example of love and peace for your children.
Parenting can feel all-consuming, especially if you have young children. Periodically take time to visit a friend, renew a hobby and, especially, reconnect with your spouse. You will feel refreshed and more responsive to your children.
An unexpected pregnancy and loss cause Josh and Stacey to reflect on life, trust, and God’s plan.
In an often quoted and often misunderstood section of the letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul begins a passage about wives and husbands with these words: Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Eph 5:21ff) In the late fourth century, St. John Chrysostom suggested that young husbands should say to their wives: […]
Of all the many rights of children, Pope Francis emphasized their right to grow up in a family with both a mother and a father as he spoke to the International Catholic Child Bureau.
Pope Francis encourages us to witness to the Gospel so that we might protect life with courage and love, especially that of children and the elderly, as they are the “hope of the people!”
The author explains the Church’s teaching on using natural family planning to postpone a pregnancy or space children.
In the fall of 2011, my husband Patrick and I had been married eight years and our family was rapidly growing. Our oldest child had just turned six and we were expecting our fifth child in December. John Paul was born on December 6, 2011. We knew immediately that something was very wrong.
Read about one couple’s beautiful witness to lifelong married love.
One word, many experiences. Love – in a long marriage – takes on many different forms, from wedding day to first child to shared sorrows. An intricate blend, best described in the word “forever.”
A new Spanish-language film (with English subtitles) from the USCCB illustrates through a dramatic plotline the beauty of lifelong married love between a man and a woman. Take a look!
Emily Macke looks at a relatively new phenomenon called “co-parenting,” where two (or more) adults contract with each other to have a child, without any expectations of relationships between them.
Josh and Stacey’s oldest son is 13, and sometimes feels like the world – and his parents – are against him. Josh writes that intentionally spending time together, especially playful time, goes a long way in fighting bitterness and building unity.
In their new book, Tim and Sue Muldoon write that spirituality can be found “right in the messy midst” of home life. They encourage families to see their lives as a pilgrimage together, and they suggest reading Scripture together as a family as a way to foster each other’s faith.
How do you talk to your children about tragedy and suffering? Josh offers some practical advice here about how he and his wife help their children respond with hope and charity to other people’s suffering.
November is national adoption month. Rob and Robin Laird share their experience of adopting six children from foster care. “God…gave us the gift of serving the lives of those children He placed before us, and we are ever grateful for this gift.”
Looking for good advice about disciplining children? Popular author and psychologist Ray Guarendi weaves his typical humor and common sense into true-to-life “discipline scenes” and offers “stage directions” to Mom and Dad. Readable as a whole or in parts.
Now that their son is over a year old, Sara and Justin are getting questions from relatives about when they’ll be sharing another “announcement.” Reflecting on this, Sara writes that while she would love to welcome another child into their family, she knows that that’s ultimately up to God and His timing. “We’re called to discern God’s will for our family,” she writes, and find ways to serve Him and others in the here and now.
“Parenting is a constant call to conversion,” says Stacey. Read the second half of her top ten list: things to remember as a parent.
Sara writes about Gus’s new skill…being a witness to life! On a recent trip to a college campus, “Gus spread his joy to people that I never would have been able to talk to by myself.” Sara says that the joy Gus brings to people can remind young men and women of the goodness of all human life.
In the first of two posts, Stacey explains five key pieces of advice that have guided her as a mother over the years, including setting boundaries and establishing routine.