New Study Quantifies Spiritual Health Crisis in Catholic Families

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My latest article for OSV's Daily Take If your child came home from school with a test grade of 22 percent would you be concerned? How about 17 percent or 13 percent? Sadly, new research by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown found that similar numbers reflect the spiritual health "grades" of Catholic families. The first-of-its-kind study was sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries, an organization promoting family prayer and family well-being around the … [Read more...]

Catholic Families in Crisis: New Study Finds Catholic Homes Are Spiritually Bankrupt.


The Church teaches that family life is the basic unit of society and that as the family goes, so goes the Church.  If that's true, then we should all buckle our seatbelts, because we're in for a bumpy ride.I am honored to serve on the board of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the organization that carries on the legacy of Servant of God, Fr. Patrick "the family that prays together, stays together" Peyton, CSC. and promotes both family prayer and family well-being throughout the world. HCFM … [Read more...]

For Father’s Day, 15 Reasons Dads Matter (#15 Will Shock You!)

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This weekend is Fathers' Day, so I thought it would be good to take some time to remind us all how important dads are.  Check out these great dad facts!  (Teaser:  I saved the most surprising fact for last!)1.  Fathers' interaction with babies (engaging in cognitively stimulating activities, emotional warmth, physical care) reduced their infants' chances of experiencing cognitive delay2.  Children whose fathers are involved in rearing them ("sensitive and responsive fathering") fare bette … [Read more...]

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...]

Escaping the Blame Game: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

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When things go wrong, we love having someone to blame.  It's a seductive game that makes us think that blaming others will give us control, but in reality, as long as we play the blame game--whether serving or being served--we have no power to change anything.  We may manage to convince ourselves that nothing is our fault, but it also means that we won't be able to do anything to respond to our problems because taking action would be akin to taking back the blame."Who?  Me?"Blame is an ea … [Read more...]

Losing My Religion: Why People Are REALLY Leaving the Church (It’s not what you think.)

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A new report from Pew Research shows that religion is losing ground as more people drop out of church.  According to the report....The shrinking numbers of Christians and their loss of market share is the most significant change since 2007 (when Pew did its first U.S. Religious Landscape survey) and the new, equally massive survey of 35,000 U.S. adults.The percentage of people who describe themselves as Christians fell about 8 points — from 78.4% to 70.6%. This includes people in vi … [Read more...]

5 Ways Catholic Families Stand Out–Does YOUR Family Do These Things?

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In anticipation of my wife and I speaking at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, I'll be contributing a monthly feature at the Our Sunday Visitor Daily Take.  Here is my first installment that looks at 5 ways Catholic families are called to be different from other families.Are Catholic families supposed to be different? What would that difference look like? The Church has been considering these questions in earnest, especially in light of the upcoming World Meeting of Families and the 2 … [Read more...]

Attachment Parenting vs. Spiritual Detachment: Two Great Things That Go Great Together.


A guest blog by More2Life Radio Contributor,  Kim Cameron-SmithAn acquaintance and I were recently chatting when the subject of parenting came up. I explained that I am an “attachment-minded parent”. He chuckled and said, “But we’re Christians.  Aren’t we supposed to be detached from created things?”  He was only joking (I think . . .), but he does raise an interesting question about the difference between the term “attachment” in developmental psychology and the term “detachment” in spiritua … [Read more...]