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Good for the Body, Good for the Soul

By Phillip Garside Children’s first relationship with food is pleasure and displeasure. Then they learn another distinction, “good for you” and “bad for you.” Their curiosity leads them to the painful truth that pleasurable food is not always healthy. In fact, it is far more often unhealthy, and vice versa. Parents use this dietary lesson […]

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Families, Pharisees, and Tax Collectors

By Phillip Garside All parents should support one another. Sometimes, we are tempted to say with the Pharisee, “O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity … or even like this tax collector.” This can be the case when we see people whose parenting style or priorities within the […]

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Fasting For Teens

By Phillip Garside It is unfortunate that the age Catholics begin their Lenten obligation to abstain and fast (14 years old) aligns perfectly with developmentally-scheduled teen rebelliousness and sophomoric skepticism. Any insistence that fasting is “the law of the church” simply foments teen defiance. Rather than seeing this conflict as a hurdle to be overcome, […]

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