Angelhood

    I bought Angelhood for my thirteen-year-old daughter, Natalie. She excitedly shared the story with me as she read it. She particularly loved the ending. She told her grandma about it too, and now she’s reading it. Early on, even though she enjoyed it, she found it “scary.” Of course, diving into teen depression and suicide is hardly normal …

Seven Times Seventy

After first playing a hero and rescuing Amy from imminent danger in the wilderness, Michael agrees to help her again. This time providing legal help to try to save the Life Center that Amy manages. However, it may be Michael who is the one most in need of help. And however daunting his rescue of Amy may have been, Amy …

CWG Book Blast: “Broken Brain, Fortified Faith,” by Virginia Pillars

Originally Posted on August 19, 2017 by Michael Fraley on the Catholic Writer’s Guild Blog. This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Virginia Pillars’ book, “Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child’s Mental Illness.” It is a CWG Seal of Approval winner! Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the story of one family’s journey through schizophrenia, navigating …

Family Revelations 7 of 7 – Dare to Love

Do we really know what love is anymore? Haven’t we thoroughly convinced ourselves that love is nothing more than want? Desire? That you only love something as long as you want it? As long as it lies before you on the broad, easy path? As long as it offers only pleasure and ease? Marriage isn’t about love anymore; it’s about …

Family Revelations 6 of 7 – Reclaiming Childhood

I suppose our families do spend far less time together than in previous generation, but many of them make up for it by spending quality time together. Previous generations spent all there time together working; today’s family spend less time together but more quality time together. It is highly unlikely that those special “quality” childhood moments that most folks reminisce …

Family Revelations 5 of 7 – Rediscovering Courtship

So why do most marriage fail these days? And just as importantly, why did they last so often 100 years ago?  Most of those marriages were happy and fulfilling; what did they do differently? A proper courtship lays at the foundation of a happy, healthy, fulfilling marriage. The lack of a proper courtship is often the foundation for a miserable, …

Family Revelations 4 of 7 – Pandora’s Pill

We have seen that traditional marriage and family-oriented values lead to fuller, happier, healthier lives. While many don’t want to acknowledge this, either with their minds or their hearts, looking at history and statistics, looking deeply into our consciences, it cannot be denied. We as a society have taken the easy and indulgent path, the all so wide path. And …

Family Revelations 3 of 7 – Feral Children, Feral Adults

What is more profound than the mother-child bond? What is more essential for a toddler than his nurturing mother? Who can teach a child who they are and what life holds better than their father? Children need their mother and father. Infants and toddlers need the perpetual presence of their mothers; they need a routine and familiarity. Mothers and fathers …

Captain’s Log, Star Date 60917.12

Life is never what we expect. Even less what we hoped. And far less yet what we planned. In hindsight, we’re often glad of it. I typically am. However, the recent drama and trauma hasn’t receded far enough in my rear view mirror yet to appreciate. In fact, it’s still setting in my lap! About a year and a half …

Family Revelations 2 of 7 – Marriage and the Power of Commitment

So what’s the truth about marriage? Is it an antiquated institution that simply gets in the way? A prison of unwanted responsibilities that stunts our personal growth? Or is it a lifelong commitment of love and companionship? A safe environment to raise and nurture children? We desperately want a good, happy marriage. We hold the highest hopes and deepest fears …