My latest column over at CatholicMom.com alerts parents to a new Facebook app called “Bang With Friends.” I think what horrifies me the most with this new app is teens, even preteens, have the ability to download an app and experiment sexually under the guise of logging onto Facebook. What to do? Well telling Facebook … [Read more…]
I often hear from friends about the struggles they face when discussing sexuality with their children. Mine are still young, but here’s what I’m thinking. Why not use the stories of the virgin martyrs as a foundation to build a culture of chastity in our home, and better yet, ask for their intercession? Seems it could become a rather safe entry point to talk about the virtues of sexual purity … over time, then, maybe this stuff organically becomes part of our family’s vocabulary. Really, what other faith tradition gives you all this stuff? Why not take advantage of it? It seems a better alternative than having “the” conversation with my kids once they hit puberty when the culture’s already been having it with them since they’ve been potty trained.
November 7, 2010:Â 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The â€œafterlifeâ€ is an interesting topic. Bring it up with enough people and you will get responses ranging from reincarnation to rapture and everything in between, including nothing at all. What do you believe? This was the subject of the past Sundayâ€™s readings. Maccabee Martyrs. In the first … [Read more…]
September 26, 2010: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Preferential Option for the Poor is a basic principle of Catholic social teaching. It essentially underscores that we are our brotherâ€™s keeper, especially where it concerns the most vulnerable among us including unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice … [Read more…]
September 19, 2010: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time The parable ofÂ The Dishonest Steward is a difficult one. However, although it is omitted from the short version of this past Sundayâ€™s gospel reading, it has much to teach us about relationships.Â Â Really?!Â Â Doesnâ€™t the dishonest steward just cozy up to his masterâ€™s debtors with more dishonesty?Â Â Letâ€™s take a … [Read more…]