Acts of Growth, Dependence, and Independence: How do you know your child is ready to choose to go to church without parental dictate?

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In the past few weeks, I have attempted to demonstrate that decision-making, skill mastery, and the freedom to act is a process that begins early in life and continues throughout childhood and into adolescence. So at what point should one allow one’s child to decide whether or not to go to church on his or her own? I think it … Read More

Teen Relationships, the Realities

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This Sunday — October 7, 2018 — I will be hosting my third live stream on YouTube on the topic of teen relationships. I have painted a very wide stroke of the brush here, encompassing many facets of this rather broad topic. Today I would like to talk about the LGBTQ phenomenon that has appeared in the last five years. … Read More

A Response to “13 Reasons Why”

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There is a popular series on Netflix titled, “13 Reasons” which, deals with the topic of teen suicide. In the series the lead character, Hannah Baker, records 13 cassette tapes of herself citing 13 reasons why she decides to take her own life. The series deals with the troublesome dynamics of teen culture, such as sexual abuse, bullying, and drug … Read More

Finding Balance Through the Cross

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Last week, I encouraged people to attend the services for the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross. As I reflect upon the message of the Cross in these days of the post-feast, I am reminded of a question often asked of me about family life: how does one balance one’s time between school related commitments and the … Read More

9-11

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On this day seventeen years ago, the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the airliner crash in Pennsylvania took place, killing thousands of innocent people. Regarding the Pennsylvania crash, some brave people on board prevented the plane from reaching its target. That day drastically changed the way our country operates. Much was done to make … Read More