The Joy Bomb

By |2018-01-10T01:44:45+10:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Marriage, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If you could summarise Patrick in one word, it is joy. If you could bottle Patrick’s joy and sell it, we’d be multi-billionaires. You can get all these books and things on how to find happiness, but nope! All you need is a drop of Patrick! The older kids just adore him. When they come

How my children teach me about God

By |2017-09-08T03:34:17+10:00October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|

At the breakfast table last week our four-year-old says to me, “Mum, I had a dream last night, that Jesus smashed into the earth and it shook and wobbled”. “Oh, that’s interesting,” I responded. Then I asked her, “So what happened to our house, darling?” “Our house was fine Mum, because Jesus can come in

Parents: ‘first heralds’ of the faith

By |2017-09-08T03:33:32+10:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|

When we think of education, we usually associate it with paid educators teaching from textbooks. Religious education, too, takes place at school or in catechism sessions at our local parish. In other words, we believe education is what someone else does for our children. But Scripture makes it clear that religious education is to take

Healing our Children’s Nature Deficit

By |2017-09-08T03:26:32+10:00September 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|

The shift in our relationship to the natural world is startling, even in settings that one would assume are devoted to nature. Not that long ago, summer camp was a place where you camped, hiked in the woods, learned about plants and animals, or told firelight stories about ghosts or mountain lions. As likely as

Raising Money-Smart Kids

By |2017-09-08T03:23:31+10:00September 11th, 2017|Categories: Activities, Articles, Lifestyle, Marriage, Parenting|

Children can be taught to love things and use people or to love people and use things. Money is a most powerful created thing which can be used for good or ill. Parents are the number one influence on their children’s financial behaviours. It’s up to us to raise a generation of mindful consumers, investors,

Money and True Financial Freedom

By |2017-09-08T03:21:58+10:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Manhood, Marriage, Parenting, Womanhood|

Is there a Catholic approach to money? The short answer is yes, it’s a God-given tool for us to use at the service of true human freedom and friendship. Fr Tony Percy and Cathy Harris, take us through it from their different perspectives. Fr Tony is a priest of the Canberra-Goulburn archdiocese and author of

Resolve Your Married Money Woes

By |2017-09-08T03:19:37+10:00September 4th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Marriage, Parenting|

Surveys consistently show that having different approaches to the gaining and use of money is one of the top three challenging issues for couples. Why do so many couples find their money issues hard to resolve when budgeting is a simple skill that can be picked up by anyone? The answer is that our attitude

Creating a family culture in your parish

By |2017-09-08T03:20:41+10:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|

Families are the foundation of our society and a microcosm of the Church itself. Children and their parents belong in Mass and our communities are so much richer for it. Our committed Mass goers have highlighted this particular truth in their experience of taking their children to Mass: People fear being judged... not by God,

The Adoptive Experience

By |2017-09-08T03:18:25+10:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle, Parenting|

By Owen Vyner For some people adoption seems quite mysterious as though it is an altogether different experience of parenthood. We have to admit that there are definite differences. For example, we first held our children at Denver International Airport and not in a hospital. We had no ultrasound images to pass on to excited