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Letter to a weary Catholic parent

Letter to a weary Catholic parent

| Liz Kelly | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

A woman emails me to tell me about her daughter: She’s 12 and has tried to commit suicide multiple times. She’s in a mental health facility, and she’s not making much progress. Would I please pray?

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Keep holy the car pool and commute

Keep holy the car pool and commute

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our minivan is one big silver stereotype.

Granola bar wrappers on the floor. Cheerios stuck between seats. Baseball gear rolling around the back.

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Children’s well-being sacrificed to adults’ sexual whims, new book says

Children’s well-being sacrificed to adults’ sexual whims, new book says

| Nancy Frazier O'Brien | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The U.S. government, which once made guarding the well-being of children a top priority, has now abandoned their interests in favor of the sexual wishes of their parents, according to a new book by law professor Helen Alvare.

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Three truths that parenting taught me about Lent

Three truths that parenting taught me about Lent

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | March 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our greatest spiritual teachers can be our nearest and dearest. The familiar ones with whom we share sinks and sheets and silverware.

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A father’s love

A father’s love

| Bryant Ortega | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

I remember sitting around as a teenager hearing stories of my dad coming to this country to pursue the American dream. The more he told me, the more I wanted to know about the intense experience he endured and why he would leave his parents and loved ones. He always said he wanted a better life and to one day give that to his family. It sounded a bit cliché, like your typical immigrant story told in movies, but I accepted it.

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How to hold doubt and grow faith

How to hold doubt and grow faith

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

One Sunday after Mass when I was 13 years old, I told my dad that I wasn’t sure if I believed that Jesus was really in the Eucharist.

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To sink or to dance

To sink or to dance

| Liz Kelly | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

My friend — I’ll call her “Veronica” — goes for the spiritual jugular, so to speak. It’s almost as if she avails herself to God and says, “All right, Lord, give me the toughest assignment you’ve got. Spare me no challenge.”

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The sacrifice at your hands

The sacrifice at your hands

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | January 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.”

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Be thou my vision, but what do I see?

Be thou my vision, but what do I see?

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

We cuddle together in the dark after the last book has been read. His 5-year-old limbs squirm as I whisper that it’s time for sleep.

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The Church, young people and the role of parents

The Church, young people and the role of parents

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | September 28, 2017 | 37 Comments

As Catholics, we have to be alarmed by statistics that show how many of our young people are leaving the Church. Researchers say that now fully half of our young people leave the Church after high school, and some say that only 7 percent of millennials raised Catholic still actively practice their faith today — meaning they’ll attend weekly Mass, pray a few times each week, and say their faith is “extremely” or “very” important. We are in danger of losing a generation of Catholics.

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Parental duties to their baptized children

Parental duties to their baptized children

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

During the rite of baptism, after the parents request the sacrament of baptism for their child, the priest or deacon states, “You are accepting the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith.” Then, before the pouring of water, the instruction to the parents is repeated: “Make it your constant care to bring your child up in the practice of the faith.”

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Parents are children’s ‘best bet’ to buffer outside world, U.N. conference hears

Parents are children’s ‘best bet’ to buffer outside world, U.N. conference hears

| Carol Glatz | June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The future of humanity depends on parents’ commitment to protect and nurture their children, instill values and help children mature as human beings, speakers told a United Nations event to mark the fourth annual Global Day of Parents.

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