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Good News for Families: Parents are Happier than Non-Parents After All.

FROM THE ATLANIC.  Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a “parental happiness gap.” Basically, the running theory has been that p But Chris Herbst of Arizona State University and John Ifcher of Santa Clara University noticed some weaknesses in earlier studies on the phenomenon. Why did the studies always treat the happiness gap as a constant? [Read More...]

The Devil Went Down to Harvard (w/Apologies to Charlie Daniels)

By now, you’ve probably heard about the organization hosting a Black Mass at Harvard.   My first reaction, of course,  was horror.  I’m still horrified, but as I became more familiar with the story, the absurdity of the situation began to take center stage.  Here you have Lucien Greaves, a “Satanist” who doesn’t actually believe [Read More...]

What Stage is Your Faith?

We have a tendency to think that faith is faith.  But we all recognize that faith grows and changes with time.  What if faith evolved over specifically definable stages? What stage of faith would you be in?  What stage of faith are you called to be moving toward? Universal Stages of Faith In his classic [Read More...]

Faith, Spirituality, Belief, Religion…What’s the Difference?

Conventionally, we tend to use words like, “faith”, “spirituality”, “belief” and “religion” interchangeably and, generally speaking, there isn’t anything wrong with that. But it may interest you to know that for those who study the psychology of religion, these words do have different meanings.  More than just an academic distinction, these differences can actually be [Read More...]

Want Helpful Kids? Study Says, “Invite virtue!”

Every parent wants children who will be helpful around the house.  It turns out, the words parents choose to encourage helping behavior in children may make all the difference in determining how easy it is to raise helpful, self-donative kids. How do you get a preschooler to help with chores and other household tasks? Adults’ [Read More...]

Who Says, “I love you” First? Men or Women?

Chances are, if asked, most people would say that women are more likely to say, “I love you” first in a relationship.  New research challenges this stereotype.  According to Dr. Gary Lewandowski at the Science of Relationships Blog… In a survey of 171 people, researchers confirmed that most (over 70%) believe women fall in love [Read More...]

Ciao From Roma

Pronzo at La VittoriaIt’s been a busy few days here in the Eternal City as we countdown to the canonizations of John Paul the Second and John XXIII. The rest of the EWTN crew has arrived, and the fine production team is busy as we speak getting ready for our live radio and TV broadcasts. I hope you can tune in and also follow us on-line thro…

Pope St. John Paul II & Pope St. John XXIlI: Partners in the Universal Call to Holiness

It surprises many people that the Church will be canonizing both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday, April 4/27.  Most of the commentary I’ve read sees this in political terms. That is to say, the perception by many secular observers seems to be that the Church is throwing a bone to liberals [Read More...]

We’re All Pilgrims On A Journey

T on way to canonizationsBlessed John Paul the Second and Blessed John XXIII Pray for Us!

I don’t know what is more amazing; the fact that we are now in the Easter season with Divine Mercy Sunday and the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are upon us, or the fact that I am actually, praise the L…

“And the Lord Turned and Looked at Peter”

Church of Saint Peter in GallicantuAs a Catholic talk show host and pilgrimage leader I have had the blessing of taking groups to some of the most sacred and beautiful places on God’s green earth. At the top of the list, of course, would be the Holy Land and Rome. Interestingly enough, I will be head…

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