by Deacon Stephen Bowling It is no accident that Saint Thomas More is one of our exemplars for Religious Freedom Week. As a self-professed student of the man and his writings (both my offices are heavily decorated with his images), I find it comforting that the Church sees fit to place him very much “in … Continue reading The Sheer Audacity of Thomas More
by Ed Harpring "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” MT 5:11 On June 4th, the Supreme Court decided the much-anticipated Religious Freedom case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who declined … Continue reading “Standing Up for Faith: The Supreme Court Decision on Religious Freedom”
It is nearly impossible to be engaged in current events without hearing the phrase “children at risk.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three children — now live in a home in which the biological father is absent. However, nearly every study conducted through the social … Continue reading Pastoral Care . . . Fathers Matter
by Deacon Stephen Bowling I must confess writing about the concept of fatherhood fills me with a bit of dread. As a father myself, and as a son as well, I cannot help but think of the concept in terms of flaws and imperfection. The responsibility is so huge, the goal so important and the … Continue reading The Unattainable Heights of Fatherhood
by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes “If you are too busy to love, you are too busy to live; if you are too busy to live, you are too busy to love.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo There are three key phrases your spouse really needs to hear on a consistent basis in order to feel really … Continue reading “The Three Keys”
by Ed Harpring Catholic Social Teaching and even society at large, tells us that parental rights concerning the welfare of our children is a preeminent, inalienable right, and a foundational principle of any civilized society. However, the tragic case of Alfie Evans shows that the increasing power of the state is ever more usurping individual … Continue reading Family in Crisis: Parental Rights and the Tragic Story of Alfie Evans
by Martine Bacci Siegel It’s May and that's the month for Mother’s Day! Mothers are supposed to be treated with breakfast in bed, a bouquet of roses, time for bubble bath and pampering, right? But often the day doesn’t live up to the advertisements. So . . . let’s redefine the day. Let’s make it … Continue reading Let’s Make It “Family Day”!
by Deacon Stephen Bowling As a parent who has somehow managed to see three children through Grade school and almost High School (my youngest is a junior at DeSales), I sometimes wonder how my wife Susan and I managed to raise and educate our kids to a fairly great degree of success. The future looks … Continue reading “Holding Ourselves Accountable”
Kentucky has more than 9,000 children in foster care – up from 8,000 less than 3 years ago! The raging opioid crisis is accelerating foster care with more cases of abuse and neglect at unprecedented levels. The Governor’s office is asking the Faith Community to get involved and become our “brother’s keeper.” According to a recent article in The … Continue reading May Is National Foster Care Month!
by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna: Derrick and I know that marriage is hard and really requires a daily decision to love each other, even when you don’t feel like it! Choosing to love your spouse, even when they aren’t lovable, often means making small sacrifices for them and for your marriage. This daily … Continue reading How Daily Deciding To Love My Spouse Can Change My Marriage