• Son of Man: Jesus a Fully Human Being

    Center for Family Care

    May 5, 2021

    It is difficult to see through murky, cultural distortions when defining what makes a person fully- alive, purposeful, worthy, or important. Cultural “norms” marginalize large groups of people, including those who do not meet accepted physical, mental, or cognitive standards of what is considered “normal.” To put it bluntly, people with disabilities are often seen as less than alive, less than purposeful, less than worthy, less than important - less than human. Read More

  • A Palm Sunday Parade

    Center for Family Care

    April 19, 2021

    The invitation to this parade, and the events of Holy Week, are extended to everyone. Christ does not require a perfect and complete faith. He asks for an open heart, a willing spirit, and our first step to be taken in faith. After that initial step, Jesus will lead us to experience the events of this week in an intimate and life-changing manner. Come and see! Read More

  • Lenten Hymns for Families

    Center for Family Care

    March 22, 2021

    Hymns from the Lenten services in English with text for families to use to learn. Read More

  • "For the Prayers of Parents Make Firm the Foundation of Households"

    Center for Family Care

    February 1, 2021

    Take a closer look into the text of the marriage service and how powerful the prayers of parents can truly be for children. Read More

  • Family Resolutions: New Year, New You?

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2021

    The beginning of January, the first month of the civil calendar, is a traditional time in our society when countless people take something of an inventory of their lives, resolving to implement changes in the hope of bringing about the desired effect. Read More

  • Christ's Family—Our Family

    Center for Family Care

    December 14, 2020

    Christ wasn’t born into a perfect family but, rather, a fallen one—as we all are. His entry into the world was neither cute nor pretty—he was born in a cave filled with smelly animals and, shortly after, his family fled the country because of a jealous, murderous king. So the Christmas story indicates all sorts of imperfection and turmoil. Ultimately, it says that in the midst of our own brands of chaos, we should really be focused on the One born in a manger for our salvation. Read More

  • Christmas Hope

    Center for Family Care

    December 8, 2020

    Fellow pilgrim of life, do not lose heart if you are missing and longing for family to celebrate life with. Just follow His Star, and you will find a Holy Family. Do not give up if you get sidetracked and become isolated, for deep within you something is telling your soul that there is a Light and a love waiting to be embraced and nurtured. Read More

  • Giving and Receiving

    Center for Family Care

    December 1, 2020

    We are an indulgent society. If we want something, we get it. So, how do we teach our children to give generously and receive humbly in an age of materialism? How do we let them experience the grace that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ described when he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)? Read More

  • 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

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    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