“Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome”–An Autopsy on the Death of Religious Faith

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Reba Riley's memoir, Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing describes her loss of religious faith in her early 20's and her subsequent attempt to assemble a meaningful spiritual life for herself.I was struck by her interview with the Religion News Service because at the time I read it, I had just finished writing my paper for the journal to be published at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families at which my wife and I are both speaking.  Riley's interview read … [Read more...]

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You CAN Raise Faithful Kids: Discover the SCIENCE of Passing on the FAITH!

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A review of Discovering God Together: The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful KidsDr. Greg and Lisa Popcak’s new book, Discovering God Together: The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful Kids will make you feel like it’s possible to guide your kids to heaven.  The Popcaks begin their book with the question, “How do we share our faith in a way that will make sense to our kids and stick with them for a lifetime?” The rest of the book is spent breaking down this overwhelming question into ea … [Read more...]

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Science Says, “Want Happiness? Go to Church!”

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Science endorses church attendance?!?  Atheists' heads explode in 3...2...1... From the Washington Post A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to sustained happi … [Read more...]

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Family Spirituality: So What? Who Cares? & What’s In It For You?

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If the idea of "family spirituality" sounds indescribably boring, oddly mysterious, or like a total luxury (and not in a good way) then you're not alone.  A recent study by Holy Cross Family Ministries (HCFM) and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) found that 83% of Catholic families do not have any kind of shared spiritual life at home.  Here's why you should care.What is "Spirituality" Anyway?Psychologists who study religion and spirituality assert that healthy s … [Read more...]

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Mission Possible: 5 Keys to Raising Faithful Kids

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What are your chances of raising faithful kids?  Answer these 5 questions!For the Catholic parent, there is no more important task than communicating our faith to our children. That doesn't just mean teaching our kids Catholic prayers and rituals. It means teaching them how to have a meaningful and personal relationship with God. How to think and act morally. How to love rightly and intimately. How to celebrate and live life as the gift that it is meant to be. And, ultimately, how to be … [Read more...]

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Prayer Works: A Psychological Case for Public Prayer and Graceful Governance

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On the Patheos Atheist Channel, Jeffrey Jay Lowder posted an article titled, "Question for Theists:  Why Is It Important to Begin Governmental Meetings with Prayer?"  I appreciated the honest and respectful attempt to engage believers on this controversial issue--especially in light of Canada's high court ruling that such prayer is impermissible-- so I thought I would attempt a purely secular, non-theist, research-based response to the question.   There actually is a purely psychological ar … [Read more...]

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How Healthy is YOUR Relationship with God? –TAKE THE QUIZ!

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The following quiz* is a statistically valid and reliable measure that evaluates the degree to which a person's relationship with God is healthy and secure.   Most people are surprised by the results.  How will you score? DirectionsCircle the number indicates your level of agreement from DISAGREE STRONGLY (DS) to NEUTRAL (N)  to AGREE STRONGLY (AS).  The points assigned will vary from question to question.  Don't worry about the numbers for now, just view them as place-holders that indicate … [Read more...]

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Time Magazine, “The Hell You Say?”

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Time Magazine recently reprinted an article from Patheos Progressive Christian Channel blogger, John Shore, titled What Christianity without Hell Looks Like.Here's the money quote from the article, "A Christianity without Hell would have nothing to recommend it but the constant and unending love of God."   I don't know what the author of the quote thinks Hell is, but unwittingly, in that one line,  Shore actually describes the classic Christian vision of Hell.St Augustine was once ask … [Read more...]

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