Grateful

By |2017-09-07T02:49:36+10:00December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“It was a typical school yard conversation. A bunch of mothers were talking about the various challenges their kids were facing - the usual stuff. “You just want them to be happy, you know” was the concluding statement.” - Barbara Thriving Kids We all know that when kids are happy, they tend to thrive at

Too Many Children?

By |2014-12-22T23:12:09+10:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cross-posted from Lightly Salted, by Peter Holmes a father of eight. Today I was chatting with a friend who has a largish family. When I say 'largish', I mean five or more children. We don't have to go back very far in history to see that families of ten or more children were much more common than

Christmas Consumers

By |2017-09-07T01:15:57+10:00March 10th, 2014|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters, God and money. How did we end up with Christmas becoming so commercialised? Catholic families the world over have creatively approached their Christmas traditions to help raise their children in the true spirit of the event. CathFamily editor, Kiara Pirola interviewed Ron & Kathy Feher about

Spiritual Guardians

By |2017-09-07T01:12:06+10:00February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Marriage, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Every person is created with a divine destiny: God created us for eternal union with him. Our earthly life is preparation for this union but all too often, we neglect our spiritual development through busyness and pre-occupation with the things of this world. Sarah was on a mission. Her husband had become ambivalent about attending

Brand New Grandparents

By |2017-09-07T00:02:06+10:00July 6th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As a grandparent, or expectant one, your relationship with your grandchild comes bundled with your relationship with the parents. It can be helpful to reflect upon your own grandparent encounters in order to better understand your expectations and hopes for your grandchildren. Reflect on your grandparent memories. What is your fondest memory? Revisit your experience of

Grandparents

By |2017-09-06T23:59:36+10:00July 5th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As a child is born - so are grandparents The rise of Grandparenthood There was a time when grey hair was relatively rare. Many people simply died before they were old enough to be called ‘Grandfather’ or ‘Grandmother’; sometimes in childbirth, sometimes from disease or accident, sometimes in war. Currently, life expectancy in developed nations

Overscheduled Couples

By |2017-09-06T06:44:00+10:00June 26th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , |

Too many marriages suffer from insufficient time. In fact, it’s possibly the single biggest contributor to marriage breakdown. There might be an affair or a falling out of love, but usually, these triggers are preceded by a chronic neglect of the relationship and it’s need for time and attention from both husband and wife. Whether

Overscheduled Kids

By |2018-08-22T09:23:28+10:00June 26th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In a fast-paced culture driven by the need to have it all, many kids are growing up without the joy of authentic leisure. In a telling exposé of modern family life, author and family therapist Bill Doherty is sounding the alarm about our children’s extra-curricular activities. In a world where parents are driven to provide

Fire

By |2017-09-06T06:39:52+10:00May 24th, 2013|Categories: Parenting, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is a primal comfort that comes with fire and candlelight. There is also something truly mesmerising about fire, the flickering flames form intricate, beautiful shapes that are gone as quickly as they come. The crackling sound of good, dry firewood and the calming heat radiating from the fire provides light and warmth, a gathering

The Charisms of Marriage

By |2017-09-06T06:39:14+10:00May 23rd, 2013|Categories: Marriage, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sarah and Henry are passionately committed to growing deeper in intimacy. Following prostrate surgery that left Henry impotent, they persisted in seeking new ways to express their unity. Their joyfulness is contagious. Like every baptised person, married people are gifted by the Holy Spirit with charisms suited to their individual calling as Christians. However there