Family and Kids

People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.”

Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends.

To read my article on this topic, click here. I will discuss this on the Terry & Jesse Show at 2 PM Eastern, Tuesday. Listen live or later to the recorded show here.

They are only 2 minutes each! Enjoy!

Rule 1: Don’t Argue!

Rule 2: Love them more than ever before

Rule 3: Study and do your homework

Rule 4: Pray and make sacrifices (not being trite)

Rule 5: Show the Joy of the Lord

Rule 6: Most Important… Listen to find out what it is!

Here is my article Six Rules published in Catholic Answers Magazine


Earlier this week I was interviewed for an hour by Fr. Robert McTeigue SJ on his show “The Catholic Current” on “Station of the Cross Radio.

Our topic was about how to be a good and effective grandparent. What can we do to encourage and help our grandkids stay strong Catholics? What if things have failed and we need to start over? What are our obligations? What are fun things to do together?

Here is a picture of Janet and I with our 18 grandkids at our family get-together last week, so we have a bit of experience being grandparents :-)


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steves weddingSeems like a long time ago. Seems like yesterday. I loved her then. I love her more now. Little did we know what we were getting started, but we had every intention of getting it started.

We look back with joy at what God has done in our lives including our four great kids with their spouses and all the 18 grandkids.

God is good and we now set our sights on the next 44 years. My parents were married 73 years so we intend to do the same, Lord willing.

Cindy BabyThe first picture is our wedding and the second picture is us with little Cindy a year and a half later (yeah, I used to have hair :-) and the thirds is us at the site of .John Wayne’s “The Quiet Man” movie in Ireland a bit ago.

Happy Anniversary Janet!





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