How Do We Keep Our Kids Catholic?

A great reflection by More2Life Radio contributor, Kim Cameron-Smith of IntentionalCatholicParenting.comSo how do we keep our kids Catholic, then?  We build a strong Catholic home culture and we love our children unconditionally.  We respond to their legitimate needs with respect and tenderness.  We parent with grace and authority, but never strident, rude, controlling coldness.  This is a difference between authoritative parenting (clear expectations guided by warmth and acceptance) and auth … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: “Waste Time with Your Children.”

In his recent comments to the Pontifical Council for the Family, Pope Francis shared some advice he gives to young parents..."When I hear the confession of a young married man or woman, and they refer to their son or daughter, I ask, 'How many children do you have?' and they tell me. Maybe they're expecting another question after that, but I always ask, 'And tell me, do you play with your children? Do you waste time with your children?'""The free gift of a parent's time is so … [Read more...]

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The Hell You Say?

People often ask about how a loving God can allow hell.  Since tonight is supposedly "Devil's Night"  (though I much rather think of it as "The Baptized Stick a Finger in the Devil's Eye Night") I thought I'd share a little reflection on how I make sense of these two seemingly diametrically opposed concepts of a loving God and Eternal Punishment.When the question of Hell comes up, I suggest to people that Hell is nothing more than the fire of God's love licking at the hearts of those who c … [Read more...]

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“Marriage Isn’t Easy, But It’s Beautiful,” Says Pope Francis.

Regular listeners to More2Life Radio know that our regular marriage contributors, Frank and Julie LaBoda, serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family and are currently in Rome for a Council meeting.  In his address to the Council this past weekend, Pope Francis had some truly inspiring words for married couples.The Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn't always easy, "but it is so beautiful," Pope Francis said."There are problems in marriage: different po … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis Calls Extraordinary Synod on the Family

HUGE NEWS!   Here's reporter, John Thavis,  on the announcement.Pope Francis has decided to devote the next Synod of Bishops to family pastoral issues, setting the stage for a far-ranging discussion that is likely to touch on questions concerning divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitation and annulments.The synod will take place in October of 2014, and by then we may see other changes in the synod’s format that give its deliberations more weight.Here is the report from the Offi … [Read more...]

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Popcak in WaPo on the Pope, “Catholicism is a love story.”

I was interviewed, earlier today, by Michelle Boorstein, a religion writer for the Washington Post.  We chatted about the challenge many people were having with Pope Francis style and my own journey from confusion and mild frustration to greater understanding and appreciation for what he is trying to do and say.  I appreciated her thoughtful and considerate approach and I hope we have other chances to speak in the future.My comments centered on two themes (and since I'm not sure how much wil … [Read more...]

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Because, Y’Know, Pope Francis is “Soft” on Abortion…

My epiphany of this past weekend did not blind me to the challenges Pope Francis' papacy presents.  Specifically, because his style is profoundly welcoming and he is so committed to bringing home the prodigal, his more pastoral style can be easily twisted by people who's agenda runs contrary to the Church.Instead of complaining about this, we need to rise to the challenge.  To help us all do that, I'll be regularly posting quotes from Pope Francis on the very topics he's allegedly "soft" on; … [Read more...]

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Papa Francis, The Prodigal, and “the Good Son.”

How do you feel about Pope Francis' style?I've been praying a lot about my reactions to Pope Francis as well the reactions I have read from my fellow Catholic culture warriors.    I have friends--sometimes of the more liberal persuasion (but not all)--who think Pope Francis is an incredible breath of fresh air.  I have other friends--usually more conservative--who can't believe how much this guy is, in their minds, stinking up the joint.Ambivalence ObservedAs for me, well, I've been a … [Read more...]

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