Stop Being So Busy | Family Goes Strong

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Stop Being So Busy | Family Goes Strong.

What a perfect reminder for all of us in this digital age of Twitter and Instagram.

Relationships don’t suddenly grow out of poking each other on Facebook.

1) Use Blocks of Time.

2) Guard Yourself Against Time Suckers

3) Pause Before You Commit to New Things

4) Guard Your Free Time

5) Put People Before Projects

Read the article for more.

Study Shows Homosexual Parenting Not Equal to Heterosexual Parenting |

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Study Shows Homosexual Parenting Not Equal to Heterosexual Parenting |

This will never make the news.  But it’s the most news-worthy article I’ve read all week.

“The greatest negative outcomes were found among children of lesbian mothers. This contradicts defective studies popularized by the media claiming children fare as well, or better, with lesbian mothers. Regnerus’ study showed negative outcomes for these adult children in 25 of 40 categories including far higher rates of sexual assault (23% of children with lesbian mothers were touched sexually by a parent or adult, in contrast to 2% raised by married parents), poorer physical health, increased depression, increased marijuana use and higher unemployment (69% of children from lesbian households were on welfare, compared to 17% of those with married parents).”

10 Commandments for Happy Relationships | Bottled Emotions

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10 Commandments for Happy Relationships | Bottled Emotions.

Beautiful, well thought-out article.  It doesn’t even apply to only romantic relationships, but to all relationships we have in every aspect of our lives.

1) We will remember that every person and relationship is different.

2) We will listen to each other openly, without judgment.

3) We will say what we mean and mean what we say.

4) We will support each other through good times and bad.

5) We will be loyal.

6) We will live by the truth.

7) We will spend quality time with each other (OK, I guess this one lends itself more towards romantic relationships than workplace relationships, but perhaps not.)

8) We will appreciate each other and help each other grow.

9) We will settle disputes peacefully.

10) We will love and respect ourselves as individuals too.

Definitely some good advice for our lives.  Thank you, Jabelah.

“What should I tell my kids about sex?” | Simcha Fisher

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“What should I tell my kids about sex?” | Simcha Fisher.

Most important parts:
“There is so much here that one thing is clear: there is no such thing as The Talk, singular.”

“This education has to begin at an early age, in an age-appropriate way. One reader sums it up this way: “5-year-olds need to understand what modesty is, and why our bodies need to be given an appropriate amount of respect. 7-year-olds need to be able to ask questions (and get answers) when they see “weird” magazine covers at the grocery store. 10-year-olds need to have some understanding of their biology. And so on. I don’t think there is an age that is too early to plant the seeds of modesty, purity, and chastity because it involves so much more than [sexual intercourse]. It is ultimately ordered to charity and the basic understanding that all people are created in the image and likeness of God.””

The whole article is worth the read.

[Why the] Catholic bishops strike back | Washington Times

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Catholic bishops strike back | Washington Times.

“Why go to battle with the Catholic Church? The answer may lie beyond the current fray. So much of what the Catholic Church stands for is antithetical to so many positions of Mr. Obama and his core supporters (think abortion, embryo-destructive research, same-sex marriage). Perhaps, at bottom, this is no more than a power play. Take the Catholic Church down a notch now and make future battles easier later.”

Love this op-ed piece speculating the real reason for the HHS mandate.

Hate the fact that she’s probably right.

Pornography Is for Cowards

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Pornography Is for Cowards | Daily News |

“Porn creates a world in which men are insulated from hurt and the possibility of rejection. In the storyline of porn, men are cast in the role of “the most important person on the planet.” We are the center of the universe, and everything revolves around us.

Absolutely nothing is allowed into our experience that would challenge our will, play with our emotions or wound our ego. All the perfectly air-brushed and HD-quality citizens of our world are smiling, desiring and accepting, and there is certainly no chance for hurt, pain or rejection. We are given the illusion of intimacy without the risk of vulnerability.

The more a man grows accustomed to this, the more he will prefer safety to sanctity. Having lodged his heart many nights in the all-inclusive resort of the fantasy woman, he will cringe at the idea of an adventurous but dangerous expedition into real love. And when God calls that man to initiate authentic intimacy with a flesh-and-blood woman, the lustful coward will cower in fear, terrified of the sanctifying vulnerability that such a task requires.”

If you are in need of help in ending a pornography addiction, the resources are plentiful.

Please, if you need it, get help. Save yourself, save your relationships, save your marriage.  Have courage.

Counselors for Porn Addiction

Women’s Sexual Addictions

Resources for Freedom from Pornography

You can do it. BE STRONG.

Pope to Young Couples: “By burning certain stages, you risk burning love”

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Pope to Young Couples: “By burning certain stages, you risk burning love”.

“The pope said dating should lead to a path of maturity where people can discover just how important the other person is in their life.  He also said that all love, is based “on gratitude, sacrifice, forgiveness and mutual respect.”  The pope also highlighted how taking that route isn’t always  easy. 

“Do not believe that living together before marriage guarantees the future. By burning certain stages, you risk burning love itself. Time needs to be respected gradually, just like the expressions of love.” – Pope Benedict XVI

What wise words from a very wise man.

Viva il Papa!!