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Sara reflects: “As we continue to ponder how best to best Gus in the faith, I realized perhaps the answer is simpler than we realize.” Read what she and Justin discovered.
A new Census Bureau report finds that millions of Americans commute more than 60 minutes a day each way. What effect do these long commutes have on family life?
Josh reflects on the hit movie Les Miserables and its great insight into God’s unconditional love. Love, says Josh, “is something that only grows the more we give it away. I have found this to be utterly true in marriage and family life.”
Sara’s visit to a homeless shelter prompts her to consider the many blessings she and Justin enjoy. She says: “In the coming weeks, Justin and I will continue to ponder how we are called to help the less fortunate and serve our Lord in this small way.”
The Vatican has announced the official date for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia: Sept. 22-27, 2015. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says a World Meeting has “the power to transform, in deeply positive ways, not just the spirit of Catholic life in our region, but the whole public community.”
Stacey reflects that one child’s unhappiness can infect the entire family. But she has found an interesting counter-dynamic at work in her family.
Sara and Justin are experiencing a common dilemma of parents with small children: How to get something out of Mass while tending to a fussy baby. On Ash Wednesday, Sara realizes why it’s important to take Gus to Mass.
Most parents hope to create a warm, supportive home for their children. A new study shows that these efforts do provide benefits. It finds that a positive family environment during childhood is associated better marital outcomes later in life.
Assuming the role of godfather to his brand new nephew, Josh reflects: “It is a great sign that the Church welcomes people in baptism, especially when they are at their most vulnerable. It is a declaration that none of us can get by on our own—that we all need to be held by family.”
This Lent, Sara and Justin have decided to focus on two goals: eliminating distractions and taking time to recall God’s presence in their lives each day. Read how they’re going about it.
As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to leave his office, we look back at what the Pope said about marriage and family life. His pastoral concern and esteem for marriage and family turns out to be one of the themes of his papacy.
If you are supporting both your own children and your parents, like many Americans, you are a part of the “sandwich generation.” The Pew center recently released a report on its new survey of the sandwich generation.
Josh has been extra busy lately, and it’s been hard to keep connected to Stacey. But her little acts of caring and support show that she has his back.
“One of the greatest challenges before us is to change women’s perception of adoption as being a bad choice,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said recently in a homily during the National Prayer Vigil for Life.
Sara says good-bye to the parish where she’s been working. As she reflects on the “lasts,” she also looks forward to her new vocation as a stay-at-home mom.
In his new pastoral letter, Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston notes that 30% of West Virginia children under age 5 live in poverty. He addresses the complexity of poverty and the need for a moral commitment to overcome it.
In-laws are often a touchy subject in a marriage. As Stacey points out, they can stretch us in new ways. But they’re not the family we grew up in, which can cause discomfort from time to time.
Last week Sara reflected on what she hopes to gain by staying home with Gus. This week it’s Justin’s turn, and he sees a lot to look forward to.
Does marriage begin at its high point, with couples enjoying their greatest life satisfaction during their first year together as husband and wife? According to research conducted in Australia, the most satisfied couples were those married 40 years or longer.
A new State of Our Unions report warns that raising children outside of marriage is becoming the new norm. It urges national leaders to pay attention to family structure and the effects on children’s well-being.
A trip back home to the beautiful Black Hills rekindles Josh’s sense of awe and wonder. He reflects: “If I want our family to have a spirituality of wonder, I need to find ways for us to experience moments of depth and mystery where we live.”
Sara is not looking forward to a 10-hour drive to visit Justin’s parents. But she realizes the importance of giving both sets of grandparents the opportunity to get to know Gus.
The family has a vital role in fostering peace according to Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the Jan. 1, 2013, World Day of Peace.
Josh and Stacey are considering a new school for Oscar. As they ponder their decision, Josh writes: “There is no one here to guide us, and we can only try to inform ourselves and make a reasoned judgment. It is not easy, and it feels like the stakes are high.”
What does it mean to be the “domestic church”–the church of the home? Justin and Sara offer some practical ideas for the Advent and Christmas season.