Category Archives: Family

“I Like Having Lots of Siblings Because…”

It was June. My phone had a new message on it from my daughter. She was away on mission in India. I gathered the children and plugged the phone into the speaker to listen. I immediately regretted playing it out loud. There was no voice, only rustling around. Then we heard shrieking and screaming. It [...]

7 Things You Need to Do Right Now Before Your Phone Ruins Your Life

  Are you a slave to your iPhone?  Do your evenings revolve around the TV?  Are you perpetually glued to a screen? If you answered yes to any of these questions, help is here.  If you answered no to any of them, you should stop lying. Within a broader discussion of the perils (and merits) [...]

Catholic at Heart: Pierce Brosnan’s Imperfect Yet Saving Faith

It would be a beautiful world if cradle Catholics remained faithful all their lives, and if converts (because, in this scenario, there wouldn’t be any reverts, like me) came to the Faith all unspotted and pure, with no nagging personal issues mucking up the place. A beautiful world, yes, but not this world. Let’s take [...]

Identical Twins Ordained in Michigan

This is just great. On Saturday, identical twins Gary and Todd Koenigsknecht of Fowler, Michigan, were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lansing. The two brothers (now Fathers!) grew up on a farm, with lots of hard work, prayer, and family time. Todd is the fourth and Gary the fifth of 10 children [...]

Rules For Dating My Daughter

When I saw the buzzy Tumblr photo by Kristine Speare of her dad’s “Rules for Dating My Daughter” t-shirt, something bothered me about it. I get why it is popular. The dad-joke that says “Sure, date my daughter. I’ll spend the time you’re out cleaning my gun,”  never resonated with me … and always seemed a [...]

6 Ways to Stop Yelling at Your Kids

No, locking them in the crawl space under the porch while you go see Godzilla is not one of them. But as all parents know, there are times when frustration, tiredness (ours and theirs), and countless other factors combine to form a super combustible time-bomb of insanity that can erupt in a torrent of yelling directed [...]

Driven to Distraction

Gene Weingarten’s Pulitzer Prize-winning profile of children killed by hyperthermia is undoubtedly the saddest and most depressing thing you will read today–if you can even bear it. Weingarten is a master of his craft and he portrays the brokenness of the human condition with sensitivity and sympathy that will rip your heart out. Sadly, this [...]

Here’s to you, Dad.

The evidence is in. Fathers matter.  A lot. American culture has notoriously failed to honor the important and critical role of fathers.  From hollywood movies and sitcoms to everyday jokes, men are often depicted as clumsy, worthless buffoons who care only about beer and football. With the growing attacks on marriage and family, the role [...]

No More Hashtags. Start Acting.

If only the 275 Nigerian Christian girls were abducted by plane! 29 countries would be looking for the schoolgirls instead of the handful of countries talking about the Boko Haram abduction. Remember, the 29 countries organized as a global coalition to look for Malaysian Airliner in the bottom of the Indian Ocean? If only Boko [...]


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