• What is Love?

    Center for Family Care

    November 17, 2020

    “I love your new SUV!” “I love this restaurant!” “I love that movie’s soundtrack.” Countless times, I have expressed these types of sentiments. Perhaps in my eagerness to describe a sincere appreciation for things, I casually say I love them. As innocent as this may appear, I begin to suspect that the careless and repeated misapplication of a word tends to dull its rich meaning. Read More

  • The Beauty of Creation

    Center for Family Care

    October 26, 2020

    Everyone can appreciate the various expressions of nature; hiking in the mountains, a walk along the shoreline, a visit to a botanical garden. Nature has a way of calming our souls. We are awed by the complexities and detail of creation. It revitalizes and restores our whole being. Yet there are two contrasting extremes that are being played out in the world today; two radical paths happening concurrently. One is the exploitation of creation and nature, and the other is the worship of creation and nature. Read More

  • Fully Human: The Special Call of Special Needs

    Center for Family Care

    October 22, 2020

    The Center for Family Care's newest ministry, "Fully Human," is designed to lift up the unique gifts of individuals and families with special needs. Read More

  • When Parents Disagree: Some Thoughts and Considerations

    Center for Family Care

    October 16, 2020

    Children learn from their parents what it means to be a male, female, husband, wife, mother, and father. We teach them primarily from what we model and do, not what we say. They need to see us as husband and wife who work hard to listen, hear and understand each other—both when we agree and disagree. Read More

  • Why Those Who Mourn Are Blessed

    Center for Family Care

    October 12, 2020

    This beatitude always perplexed me. If you’re sad about something you would expect to be comforted but why are those who mourn blessed? Read More

  • A Delightful Surprise Part II: Prayer in Family Life

    Center for Family Care

    September 28, 2020

    What can we learn about family prayer life from a monastery? Read More

  • St. Sophia's Holy Paradox: Loving God First is Loving Your Children More

    Center for Family Care

    September 16, 2020

    Saint Sophia’s witness has gifted loving mothers throughout the ages with a special Wisdom to emulate: loving Christ more than the temporary happiness of our own children is actually loving them more. Read More

  • A Delightful Surprise: Part I

    Center for Family Care

    September 14, 2020

    How can we more intentionally recognize Christ in our midst in every nook and cranny of family life? Read More

  • Body of Christ

    Center for Family Care

    September 8, 2020

    The priest commemorates the names of the dead and living members of His Body in the Proskomide prayers. These are not just names, these are people: each with his or her own beauty, talent, personality, as well as blemishes, uneven growth, and moldy spots on their souls. Jesus is willing to become so very small for us, and even more unfathomably, He is willing to become, us; and so we offer Him the best we have. It can never be perfect but it is all we have to give. In return He joins us to His own Precious, Perfect Body. Read More

  • Childlike vs. Childish

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2020

    We must make a distinction between the terms childlike and childish. Those of you who have children or grandchildren know that childish behavior includes conduct that is self-centered and disobedient. Those with childlike qualities, on the other hand, reveal basic Christian characteristics. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 8: God Rested

    Center for Family Care

    August 3, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son for the last time this summer! This week we learn about what happened when God rested after the creation! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 7: Animals & Humans

    Center for Family Care

    July 27, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we are learning about how God created all the animals and the first human beings! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 6: Birds & Fish

    Center for Family Care

    July 20, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we learn about what happened when God created the air and sea creatures! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 5: Sun, Moon, & Stars

    Center for Family Care

    July 13, 2020

    It's time to Soak up the Son! This week we learn how God formed the sun, moon, and stars. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 4: Earth, Seas, & Plants

    Center for Family Care

    July 6, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we are learning about how God formed the earth, seas, and plants on the third day of creation! Read More

  • Soak up the Son - Week 3: The Sky

    Center for Family Care

    June 29, 2020

    Welcome back to Soak Up the Son! This week are talking about what happened when God created the sky! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 2: First Day of Creation

    Center for Family Care

    June 22, 2020

    This week on Soak Up the Son we are talking about what happened on the first day of creation! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 1: Angels

    Center for Family Care

    June 15, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! Welcome to the first week of our summer series. This week we talk about God's first created beings...angels! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: The Wonder of Creation

    Center for Family Care

    June 12, 2020

    Join the GOA Center for Family Care this summer as we explore the beauty of God's creation. New episodes premiere every Monday at 12PM EST! Read More

  • What Social Distancing Taught Us About Our Non Verbal Son's Faith

    Center for Family Care

    April 27, 2020

    I want to reflect on a particular little death and resurrection which is unveiling itself in the midst of our more stringent self-isolating these days. My non-verbal teenager is showing me something of his relationship with the Lord. Read More