Randy Hain is an author (whose work has been reviewed at Catholic Dads here and here. Randy just published an article, “A Checklist for Catholic Dads” at the National Catholic Register. It would be well worth your time to read it.
I recently posted a blog called 30 Sayings for Fathers to Live By. In that post I quoted John Wooden as saying:
“The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
This quote is especially appropriate as we approach Mother’s Day….
Marriage: finding the sacred in the secular. Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men.
It has been said that, “the family that prays together, stays together.” This slogan was adopted by Father Patrick Peyton and the Roman Catholic Family Rosary Crusade. Research shows that the old slogan actually has a great deal of truth. Retrouvaille International, a highly-respected marriage-support organization, cites a 1980 study which indicates that the divorce rate for couples who attend church regularly and pray on a daily basis account for less than one divorce in every 1105 marriages (Source: coupleprayer.org). Does this prove that praying families stay together? No, but it certainly shows that low divorce rates and praying families correlate. And this shouldn’t surprise us. Families that pray together must then spend time together, quality time at that, which is essential for the dynamic of any family.
Gentlemen, I need your help.
The focus of my PhD is the question “is there a Catholic view of Masculinity?” Part of my research is reading on gender identity, particularly relating to masculinity. When I saw that the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRS) have released a discussion paper titled “Protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity” I thought I had better read it. Discussion papers are important stages in policy development in Australia so, when a body as important at the AHRS write a paper on this, you can count on somebody bringing it to parliament sooner or later.
The damage pornography does to a relationship and to an individual are well documented. I want to consider here just one of the effects of pornography on a couple and consider a possible problem not identified in most discussions of marriage.
One of the problems of porn is that it presents one partner (usually the man) with an unrealistic view of what to expect in and of a sexual partner. That is, it presents an airbrushed reality with a model who is begging to do things any sane woman would find beneath her dignity. As Simcha Fisher puts it,
If you can summon up a panting beauty just by touching your iPod screen, then why go to the trouble of getting to know an actual woman—learning who she really is, winning her love, and dedicating your life to serving her?
One of the things my wife and I have noticed in the last few years is the large number of married couples, including Catholics, in which each person views themselves as an individual only slightly connected to the other.
Their lives seem so separate that neither knows nor understands what the other is doing!
Recently, its seems as if every town, city, state, and country in North America, Europe, and beyond, has taken to assaulting the foundations of natural marriage.
In light of this onslaught, you could not be blamed if you felt a sense of helplessness and despair.
Stairway to Heaven is a weekly feature exploring how to live our Catholic faith in our culture.
July 6th is the feast day of St. Maria Goretti. She is the patron saint of young women.
She grew up a farm girl in rural Italy at the turn of the 19th into the 20th Century. When she was 11, a 19-year old boy living in the same house as her family started making advances on her. She kept refusing him.
Finally, after six months, the boy cornered her and forced himself on her, brandishing a knife. She didn’t give in. He then stabbed her repeatedly.