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10. Superdad: More Than an Action Figure, Bill Donaghy

Brian Caulfield Pauline Books and Media ePub

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Superdad: More Than an Action Figure

BILL DONAGHY

I’m convinced that every dad might be a superhero in the making, destined for greatness. Sure, we might appear as mild-mannered insurance salesmen, construction workers, or lawn care and outdoor grill specialists, but underneath that seemingly mundane surface, there’s more. By virtue of the grace of sacramental marriage, dads can be faster than a speeding stroller, more powerful than a poopy diaper, and able to leap tall bushes in a single bound when the health and safety of the family is at stake. We are called, in the words of Blessed John Paul II, to embrace our natural greatness.

So why do there appear to be so few Superdads in the workplace, the malls, the town greens, and the parish halls of daily life? Many speak of a crisis in fatherhood and a collapse of the family structure in general. My hypothesis is simple—there’s a lot of kryptonite out there. According to studies, more than 30 million children in the United States do not have a father living with them. Ninety percent of all homeless and runaway children do not have their father in their lives. Seventy percent of juveniles in state institutions and 85 percent of all youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. Father absence is a scourge across our nation, and across generations.

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4. Five Steps for Disciplining Kids, Ray Guarendi

Brian Caulfield Pauline Books and Media ePub

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Five Steps for Disciplining Kids

RAY GUARENDI

When it comes to discipline, dads can be caught in the middle. Our instincts often tell us to be strong and consistent authority figures—the tough-love types—but the culture discourages assertive masculine virtue, and nearly any sign of disciplinary action by men is looked upon as excessive. So too often we fathers stand in the background and leave the disciplining to Mom. Don’t do it, Dad. Just as your kids need you in their lives for school, sports, and social skills, they need you in the all-important area of discipline.

Here is a basic five-point outline for being a disciplining, and disciplined, dad. Go over these with your wife so you can work together for the welfare of your children.

1. God made you their parents for a reason

As a licensed psychologist, radio talk show host, and speaker at numerous conferences, I am involved full-time in promoting good marriage and child-rearing practices. In addition, my wife and I have adopted ten children over the years. So I have heard about or personally dealt with just about every problem a family can run into.

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3. The Work of Dying

Kathy Kalina Pauline Books and Media ePub

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The Work of Dying

WHEN A PATIENT IS ADMITTED to hospice in the early labor stage, the first priority is to control symptoms. Then you have some space for building a relationship. Now, this is a paradox. The work of the dying is to detach from the people and things of this world, and here you are trying to attach. But you are acting as a guide for the journey, and the patient can sense that.

One hospice midwife spent two hours listening as a family described their father’s abusive behavior toward his nurses. When they felt she was adequately prepared they cautiously led her in to meet the patient, who had not been told she was coming. He took her hand, grinned, and exclaimed, “I’ve been waiting for you!”

A hospice midwife can be a breath of fresh air for the patient and family. And hospice care at its best dispels the stale energy of chronic sadness. Humor has served me well in this early stage! Many times I have walked into a patient’s room and said, “It’s your lucky day, because I’m your nurse. Rub my belly and I’ll give you three wishes.” There’s nothing that brings people together faster than laughter, and it’s often been in short supply for too long.

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Our Life Coaches

Marianne Lorraine Trouv Fsp Pauline Books and Media ePub

Guardian Angels

For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways.

— Psalm 91:11

Our Life Coaches

Would you like to have a personal life coach—for free? Someone who stands in your court, cheers you on, keeps you on course, and pushes you when you feel like dropping out? Every great athlete has a coach. No matter how much raw talent a person has, it needs to be shaped. What’s true for sports is even truer for the other aspects of life. Like a potter who forms clay into a beautiful vase, a good life coach helps shape a person’s life into a work of art. The coach will help the person find direction, set up goals, and figure out ways to reach those goals.

The need for a coach is even greater in our spiritual lives. We make choices all the time—about family and friends, work and careers, and, most importantly, our relationship with God. Life is made of all the things we do each day, and all of them have an impact on our spiritual lives. Our guardian angels can guide us in success, and encourage us when we’re discouraged. As we go through our day-to-day lives, the angels stay at our side no matter what happens.

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7. Doesn't Carbon-14 Dating Disprove the Bible?

Master Books ePub

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Doesnt Carbon-14 Dating Disprove the Bible?

Mike Riddle

Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth. Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old. This has caused many in the church to reevaluate the biblical creation account, specifically the meaning of the word day in Genesis 1. With our focus on one particular form of radiometric dating carbon dating we will see that carbon dating strongly supports a young earth. Note that, contrary to a popular misconception, carbon dating is not used to date rocks at millions of years old.

Basics

Before we get into the details of how radiometric dating methods are used, we need to review some preliminary concepts from chemistry. Recall that atoms are the basic building blocks of matter. Atoms are made up of much smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons make up the center (nucleus) of the atom, and electrons form shells around the nucleus.

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