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...

Learning to be Human

Our guest blogger today is Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of A Friar’s E-spirations. In dedicating himself to those with special needs, Jean Vanier is a great inspiration to me. His message has wider meaning for the whole human family. That was the judgment of the Templeton Foundation, who gave Jean...

Ask a Franciscan: How Did Evil Begin?

Q. What is the absolute root cause of evil? How can an absolute evil (the devil) come from an absolute good (God)? Didn’t Satan choose something that already existed? If paradise is real, how could evil enter into it? When people speak of “free will,” it sounds as though they mean “without God.”...

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Meditation For most people who like to pray the psalms, Psalm 23 is clearly a favorite. In this blog, my prayer is that, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, we may each come to a fuller understanding of this psalm. May we be drawn, like a humble lamb, to trust the good shepherd, who watches over us...

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