Bite-Sized Faith – Words of wisdom on Catholic youth and parenting by various contributing authors.

26 Jun, 2017

Strangely blessed

2017-06-26T10:22:25+00:00 Jun 26th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , |0 Comments

Have you ever said to yourself, “I’m glad I’m not one of them?” My 11-year-old daughter Kate got hit by a car at the beginning of the school year, and our lives have been changed. Our lives have been turned upside down and I’ve been reminded a lot of the false dichotomy between “them” and [...]

19 Jun, 2017

What faith lessons can we learn from traveling to a developing country?

2017-06-19T11:42:12+00:00 Jun 19th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

 In the past few years I have been very fortunate to be able to travel to a number of developing countries:  the Dominican Republic, Chile, Bolivia, and Guatemala.  Based on my experiences in these places, we can learn a great deal from the poor of the developing world. Twice I have been able to accompany [...]

12 Jun, 2017

What is responsible parenthood?

2017-10-24T13:34:55+00:00 Jun 12th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Once we removed the pill from our marriage, my husband and I experienced healing we did not even know we needed. This truly was a turning point in our marriage. But after the birth of our first son, we had to trust in God another way -- by postponing pregnancy. Here comes the responsible parenthood [...]

5 Jun, 2017

How can I help my children discover their God-given vocation?

2017-10-24T13:35:17+00:00 Jun 5th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

My personal journey as a former seminarian and my time with the vocations ministry of the Des Moines Diocese have brought me into encounters with many parents of young men and women discerning God’s call in their lives.  I have witnessed parents overjoyed with the possibility that their child might become a priest or religious.  [...]

30 May, 2017

3 “rules” to help your family grow in faith this summer

2017-05-30T09:40:04+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This summer I’m continuing my ‘Year of Intentionality.’ The thread that has been woven through my conversations this year at home, work, and ministry is that to grow in our faith we must be intentional. It will happen when I take time. It will happen when I plan. It will happen when I focus. I’m [...]

22 May, 2017

What are effective ways for our family to share our faith?

2017-10-24T13:35:41+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

One September evening back in 2008, a man, who less than two years later would become my husband, took me on our first date to a small Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities.  I was a little (okay, a lot) nervous, as it was the first time we were seeing each other in about a [...]

8 May, 2017

How can we help our graduating child transition with faith intact?

2017-10-24T13:36:20+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

I remember that day clearly.  It was the Fall of 1999, and my husband and I were driving our oldest son off to college.  We dropped him off at the dorm and helped him get unpacked.  We said our goodbyes and drove off.  Suddenly, my husband pulled over to the shoulder of the road and [...]

1 May, 2017

How can we speak effectively to our children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol?

2017-10-24T13:36:45+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

In February of this year in North Carolina, a 16-year-old was three times the legal blood alcohol limit when the car he was driving crashed into a tree.  His 17-year-old passenger, also legally drunk, died as a result of the crash.  They had just left an underage drinking party and were driving 75 mph in [...]

24 Apr, 2017

How do I talk to my child about friends who might be a bad influence?

2017-10-24T13:36:59+00:00 Apr 24th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

When I was a kid, my life revolved around my friends. I liked what they liked, I talked how they talked, and far be it from me to easily accept it when someone would tell me who I could or could not hang around. However, as I grew, I realized that some of the friendships [...]