This past weekend, Katie and I left the kids with the grandparents and drove to Dallas for the Dave Ramsey Smart Conference. While the opportunity to spend even 24 hours away from the kiddos was rather freeing, the conference provided quite a bit food for thought. The day was filled with speakers from varied professions, each having great perspective and advice, as well as a book to sell. None...
We don’t use Lifeteen resources at our school, except that we like their pretty thorough examination of conscience. As we have a penance service tomorrow, I was going over it with students, which lists neglect of the poor under the 7th commandment.
“Mr. Murphy, what if I haven’t been generous with my money because my parents tell me I’m supposed to spend my allowance on...
About a year ago, I was prompted to write this post when I discovered a little bit of anti-child internet technology that catered to the opinion that kids are ridiculously expensive buzzkills. There is much reason for hope, though. Aside from the statistical data, there is lots of anecdotal evidence that people love kids, and that parents have a blast with them (or at least appreciate the odd...
The recent Pew Research Center report “Millennials in Adulthood” summed up a recent survey of my generation with this:
“The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry—...
I have a confession to make. It’s something I’ve learned about myself over the last couple of years of having children who have reached the age of reason: I’m terrible at going to Confession. Over that last two years, I have managed to prepare two of my children to receive their first Penance and First Holy Communion. I have made sure that they have attended Mass every...
Today is the Feast of The Annunciation of Our Lord. It holds particular significance for me because it is the anniversary of the day my wife learned that we would be parents for the first time.
My wife Mikki and I married in September 2005, just four short months after graduating from college. We tried to for three years to get pregnant, and were diagnosed in Summer 2009 with “unexplained...
I’ve looked at resources on prayer and fasting the last two weeks, so we’ll round out our trio of Lenten practices by discussing almsgiving today.
There is obviously an aspect of almsgiving that involves monetary donations; the fifth precept of the Church
(“You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the...