This Quote from Saint John Paul II is a Must Read for Every Father

08/30/2014 Comments (16)

In our world today, the role of fatherhood has become less clear. Some even question whether fathers are necessary at all. With five kids I've been wondering recently if I do enough or more accurately am I raising my children correctly.

I recently read this quote from Saint John Paul II about how his father, in part, inspired him to heed his vocation to the priesthood.

He reportedly said:

"Day after day I was able to observe the austere way in which he lived. By profession he was a soldier and, after my mother's death, his life became one of constant prayer. Sometimes I would wake up during the night and find my father on his knees, just as I would always see him kneeling in the parish...READ MORE

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Student Suspended for Saying "Bless You" After Classmate Sneezed

08/20/2014 Comments (44)

This is just straight up nuts.

A public school teacher who outlawed students saying "bless you" in class suspended a young girl for breaking the rule after a classmate sneezed. Seriously.

CBS in Charlotte reports: Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC.

When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

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The Real Cost of Raising Children

08/18/2014 Comments (7)

A new report states that children are expensive. Thank goodness for experts, right? Who would've known it without them? The Associated Press called it "sticker shock." Seriously. Sticker shock for a human being. Nice, huh?

In particular, the report states that a child born to a middle class family will cost their parents almost a quarter million dollars. And that's just up until they're 18. So that doesn't even include college. When adjusting for projected inflation, a child born in 2013 could cost a family over $300,000.

I'm not sure how they figured all that out because I've got five children and I don't have that much money and none of them seem to be starving. But let's take what the...READ MORE

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Ten Awesome and Terrifying Sounding Catholic Words That May Not Mean What You Think

08/14/2014 Comments (21)

The Catholic faith can be confusing. Hey, with two thousand years of vocabulary it's bound to get a little difficult, isn't it? So there are many words that sound kinda' awesome and terrifying that don't actually mean what you might think they mean. So here's a little primer:

Monstrance. It's sounds kinda' terrifying, right? It's the vessel used to hold the Eucharist.

Missal. It's not a weapon (Well, sometimes if a liturgist is involved). Unless it's in the hands of a two year old in the pew who's mad at her brother.

Primate - Referring to an archbishop as a primate sometimes isn't necessarily bad. It all depends on your tone, I guess.

The Abomination of Desolation -OK I'll admit it....READ MORE

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God Works in Mysterious Ways. Sometimes.

08/07/2014 Comments (11)

It is often said that God sometimes works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, however, He doesn’t. Sometimes the answer is so much simpler than anyone thought. But amazing nonetheless.
Father Steve Mattson of the Church of the Resurrection parish can recall praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of Lansing Michigan’s last free standing abortion clinic. He recalls praying fervently for the closing of the clinic. He didn’t know how it could happen but he prayed nonetheless.

Fr. Mattson prays for many things including helping out his local Catholic schools by attracting a group of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, to teach in them. He knew they received requests from all over...READ MORE

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I'd Kill Myself if I Had That Many Kids

07/30/2014 Comments (108)

My wife and I recently attended a sports banquet for one of our kids' sports teams at a local restaurant. It was one of those events that I wanted to go to about as much as I wanted to get three teeth pulled. But my wife assured me it would be fun. I didn't believe her but I came anyway.

We've gone to so many of these things as my five kids are all on at least three sports teams. All the kids sat together at a very long table and all the parents sat at another table with the coaches. I have a theory about sports teams, the worse a team is the more coaches it has. And this team had lots of coaches.

We were seated with about eight coaches and some parents we didn't really know.

So what's...READ MORE

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I'm Making the Jump to Homeschooling

07/08/2014 Comments (110)

I'm making the big jump to homeschooling. If you'd have told me five years ago that I'd be teaching my children at home I'd have asked for a drug test. For you and me.

But it's come to it. And I'm nervous and anxious. AND COMPLETELY IGNORANT!!!! I'm used to being ignorant but nervous and anxious are new to me.

So here's me tale of woe. My kids went to our local parish school and we loved it. The faith formation in that school was excellent; so excellent that I was willing to overlook the fact that sometimes the teachers weren't the best and I had to do some of the heavy lifting at home. I really was fine with it.

But then we were regionalized. (Cue the impending doom music.)...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Sidewalk Counselors

06/26/2014 Comments (18)

In a stunning unanimous decision in favor of pro-lifers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts' 35-foot "buffer zones" around abortion clinics to keep pro-lifers away from women considering abortion, are unconstitutional.

"Petitioners wish to converse with their fellow citizens about an important subject on the public streets and sidewalks -- sites that have hosted discussions about the issues of the day throughout history," Roberts reportedly wrote in the decision. He added that the Masachusetts law attempted to shut down a "traditional public forum to all speakers" namely the sidewalk.

About a decade ago, the court had upheld an eight foot buffer zone but Massachusetts...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.