“the person is a good toward which the only proper and adequate attitude is love.” -Pope St. John Paul the Great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9LGBBWTGgk Take a moment to learn the names of the people who serve you in some way every day. Let them know that they are a person to you. Read more

Parenting is a tough job.  Every parent wants to raise successful, healthy kids but there are so many challenges.  And now, as states begin legalizing marijuana, our children are faced with even more pressures that make staying drug-free, alcohol-free, and tobacco-free harder. The good news is that new research shows that two simple parenting strategies can help you raise kids who are much more likely to stay clean and sober. 1.  Don’t Play Favorites. The study showed that kids who… Read more

A few weeks back, I reported on a new study that pounded yet another nail in the coffin of the theory that depression is caused by low serotonin.   You can read that original post here as well as the follow up post wherein I responded to a question from a reader asking if I was trying to say that people who suffered with depression were to blame for their struggles (short answer:  no.) Over at PsychCentral, one of the… Read more

When Divorce is Not an Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Everlasting Love is a book for couples who want to know what it takes to get their marriage back on track. Solo spouses can also use the book to heal a marriage even if his or her mate isn’t interested in working on the relationship. I look at the latest research that reveals 8 Habits  that healthy couples exhibit that all couples need to cultivate and show… Read more

In preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, many people of good will are floating a lot of different ideas about how the Church should approach various challenges like annulments. (To read my own previous writings on the annulment issue, including my recommendations for improving the annulment process, go here, here, and here.) Cardinal Kasper, former President for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, recently waded into the debate with his own suggestion about how to handle the… Read more

Shocking new study from UC-Davis offers potential hope for a cure for autism. Treatment at the earliest age when autism spectrum disorder is detectable — in infants as young as 6 months old — significantly reduces symptoms so that by age 3 most who received the therapy had neither autism nor delay, a research study has found. Early identification crucial Children diagnosed with autism typically receive early intervention beginning at 3 to 4 years, six to eight times later than… Read more

New research adds to the body of evidence showing that adolescents who embrace their faith have a much lower risk of (1) drug and alcohol abuse, (2) promiscuity, and (3) narcissism and an increased degree of (4) “prosocial” (i.e., friendly, socially conscious) behavior when compared to their non-practicing peers. Study findings, which support a growing body of research, suggest that young people who connect to a “higher power” may feel a greater sense of purpose and are less likely to… Read more

A post at Catholic Exchange by my associate at the Pastoral Solutions Institute, Dave McClow. So how does a diocese get 12,000 to consecrate themselves to Mary to deepen their friendship with Christ?  Certainly the answer is through the Holy Spirit!  But he always works through people.  It was our spiritual father that led, but in a theologically appropriate “detail,” the diocesan-wide consecration was suggested by a woman!  So it all starts with a woman in the diocese named Ida… Read more

Simply telling people that hard work is more important than genetics causes positive changes in the brain and may make them willing to try harder, a study shows. “Giving people messages that encourage learning and motivation may promote more efficient performance,” said the lead investigator. “In contrast, telling people that intelligence is genetically fixed may inadvertently hamper learning.” Telling people…that hard work trumps genes causes instant changes in the brain and may make them more willing to strive for success,… Read more

It’s the feast of my Patron Saint, Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church   Read more

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