Tips for Connecting with Teens

Teenagers are not always the easiest people to connect with. It can be done, though, says Dr. Roy Petitfils. In his book, What Teens Want You to Know (but won’t tell you), he offers a few practical tips to parents for “seeing” teens: Be aware of your assumptions. As much as possible begin every...

Ask a Franciscan: What Is the Status of Divorced People?

Q. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, what happens when a couple divorces? I know many divorcées who have left the Catholic Church because they felt abandoned by it. Someone I know very well is getting a divorce, and I don’t know what the Church’s position is.  A. Divorce does not change the...

The Gift of Life

This past Sunday here in the United States we celebrated Mother’s Day—a day when we reflect on that special family relationship from the various perspectives through which we approach it. For example, I myself am a mother, and I am also a daughter of my mother who is still alive. Many of you celebrated...

Pope Francis Is Coming

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement, even as final planning for the events involved is still underway. As always there are detractors and critics, but overall the pope’s visit will be a major event in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States. The pope will draw the...

Don’t Forget to Laugh

Recently, we had a run of misfortunes in our house. The refrigerator broke, flooding the basement in the process. The oven door shattered all over the kitchen at 7:00 in the morning as I was getting the kids ready for school, our van tire got a hole in it and various drains in our house decided to quit...

Thank You, Mom

I have a confession to make: I don’t like children. Let me rephrase: I don’t like children I’m not related to or know in some capacity. The sound of a crying child in a grocery store sends me right to the Chilean wine section. If an angry child in a restaurant raises his voice one too many...

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