Family Spirituality–Caring for the Heart of Your Home

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Spirituality is the heart of our your home.  Are you caring for your family's "heart health"?  Here's my latest article for Our Sunday Visitor's Daily Take. Are you attending to your family's heart health? Your family's spiritual well-being represents the true heart of your family, the spiritual heart that pumps joy, meaning, and connection into your life as a family and as persons. Experts note that the degree to which your family shares a spiritual life actually predicts the degree of s … [Read more...]

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Protecting YOUR Family’s “Heart Health”

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Your family's spirituality is the heart of your home.  Do you know how to protect and nurture it?Are you attending to your family's heart health?   Your family's spiritual well-being represents the true heart of your family, the spiritual heart that pumps joy, meaning, and connection into your life as a family and as persons.  Experts note that the degree to which your family shares a spiritual life actually predicts the degree of  satisfaction you can expect from both your family rel … [Read more...]

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Yes, You CAN Raise Faithful Kids

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What are your chances your children will own their faith?  Answer these 5 questions in my inaugural post in the National Catholic Register! 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 th … [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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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...]

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

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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...]

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7 Ways to Free Yourself From Guilt

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FaithStreet.com published an article on overcoming guilt and learning to forgive ourselves which is taken from my latest book, Broken Gods: Hope, Healing and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart which is available in stores as of today!   I hope you enjoy the article.It’s practically impossible to underestimate our capacity for making the same mistakes over and over again. We commit the same sins. Repeat the same patterns. Fall down in the same place. We often respond to this tendency with g … [Read more...]

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The Devil Made Them Do It. Was Charlie Challenge a Movie Marketing Campaign? Does it Matter?

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Eonline is reporting the so-called Charlie Challenge was just a viral marketing campaign by Warner Bros to promote a new horror film.A new teaser for Warner Bros. upcoming horror film The Gallows was released right in the thick of the Charlie Charlie brouhaha, and it featured a much creepier version of the game with a much more upsetting outcome than just students shrieking and running from the room.People who are comforted by this news, I would argue, are still missing the point.  A lot … [Read more...]

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