Why Is the Family So Important Anyway?– The Catholic Channel Symposium on the Extraordinary Synod for the Family.

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In light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family and the recent release of the working document on the Synod, the Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a special symposium on the Catholic vision of marriage and family life and the specific challenges to both living out and promoting that vision.   In light of this effort, I wanted to kick off my contribution by looking briefly at why the family matters at all.More Than "'Cause God Said So"Many people know that the Church teaches t … [Read more...]

Prayer Promotes Bonding, Study Says.

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Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, is famous for the slogan, "the family that prays together, stays together."  In our books, our radio program and counseling practice, we strongly recommend both couple and family prayer as a way of increasing intimacy and responding to the differences that can divide.  Of course, this isn't just true for families.  Prayer is the means by which Jesus' own wish that all might be one in him (John 17:21) will be fulfilled.  As Pope Francis has demonstrated rep … [Read more...]

What Stage is Your Faith?

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We have a tendency to think that faith is faith.  But we all recognize that faith grows and changes with time.  What if faith evolved over specifically definable stages? What stage of faith would you be in?  What stage of faith are you called to be moving toward?Universal Stages of FaithIn his classic book, Stages of Faith:  The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning, Dr. James Fowler looks at how faith evolves over time. He identifies 6 Stages of Faith Development.   I … [Read more...]

Faith, Spirituality, Belief, Religion…What’s the Difference?

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Conventionally, we tend to use words like, "faith", "spirituality", "belief" and "religion" interchangeably and, generally speaking, there isn't anything wrong with that. But it may interest you to know that for those who study the psychology of religion, these words do have different meanings.  More than just an academic distinction, these differences can actually be quite enlightening and helpful for you in making clearer sense out of the different aspects of your own faith journey.  Let's l … [Read more...]

Pope St. John Paul II & Pope St. John XXIlI: Partners in the Universal Call to Holiness

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It surprises many people that the Church will be canonizing both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday, April 4/27.  Most of the commentary I've read sees this in political terms. That is to say, the perception by many secular observers seems to be that the Church is throwing a bone to liberals by canonizing their guy while the Church throws a bone to conservatives by canonizing their guy.   I doubt there is much to this political angle, but I think there is a deeper, much more si … [Read more...]

Attachment and Faith Style: How Parenting Affects Your Experience of God

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Yesterday, I linked a study reporting that 40% of US children suffer from insecure attachment.  To the degree that anyone thinks about attachment at all, most people tend to think of it in terms of its psychological and relational ramifications.  What fewer people realize is that, because attachment style predicts people's attitudes toward all their relationships, it also impacts our experience of God.  Let's take a look at four of the most common attachment styles and how each influences our fa … [Read more...]

Predicting Addictions/Eating Disorders By Age Four: What Parents Need to Know

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Pope Francis has been beating the drum for more affectionate connections in families, again and again urging parents to "Be close to your children."   Two new  studies show the practical import of Pope Francis' words.First,  new research from the University of Adelaide shows that disturbances in the development of the child's oxytocin system (aka "the love or bonding hormone") predicts later drug use.  Newborns do produce some oxytocin, which facilitates the biological foundations of bond … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Thinking Out Loud” About Church?

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This week, Pope Francis raised some eyebrows when, in an interview, he discussed the possibility of the Church endorsing "civil unions" for homosexual partners.  He asserted that marriage was indeed for men and women only, but seemed to propose a more open minded and pastoral approach to the question of homosexual relationships than some would expect from the Church.  His comments, as they often do, have caused some degree of consternation among many faithful Catholics who are fearful that Pope F … [Read more...]


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