When Love Goes Wrong

When I decided to write a book about the experience of shame and Christian spiritual growth, I didn’t talk about it much. Too negative, too discouraging—these were the reactions I figured I’d get. But I was wrong. Instead, I’ve been amazed, mildly startled actually, by the consistently constructive,...

Our Belief in God

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who writes A Friar’s E-spirations. In his lifetime, Jesus’ mission was not about building himself up. He came to love and to save every human being. And he would do that no matter what the cost—even death on the cross. He worked all of his public...

The Face of Innocence

“What’s Wrong?” I asked my best friend as she called me crying one day. “Jade is being abused by her boyfriend,” she cried. My best friend Sandie and I have been friends practically all of our lives. We are godmothers to each other’s children, even witnessing their...

How to Discipline Teens

Our guest blogger is Roy Petitfils, author of What Teens Want You to Know (but won’t tell you).  I once watched a teacher whom I knew didn’t really like teenagers try to discipline a classroom of high school students, telling them she really loved them and cared about them, and that she was doing...

The Wisdom of Proverbs

In my bedroom is a clock with the inscription “Take time to laugh.” The clock was a college graduation gift from my friend Jill. The advice inscribed on the clock is from the poem “Take Time,” a favorite of ours. Less than a year after we graduated, Jill passed away unexpectedly. That saying—along...

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...

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