Seven things teenage boys most need

January 16, 2009

Interesting article:
Legionary of Christ Father Michael Sliney suggests the following seven necessities for parents of adolescent boys:

  1. Clear guidelines with reasonable consequences from a unified front; cutting slack but also holding boys accountable for their actions.
  2. Reasonable explanations for the criteria, guidelines and decisions made by parents.
  3. Avoiding hyper-analysis of boys’ emotions and states of mind: avoiding “taking their temperature” too often.
  4. Unconditional love with an emphasis on character and effort more than outcome: Encourage boys to live up to their potential while having reasonable expectations. To love them regardless of whether they make it into Harvard or become a star quarterback.
  5. Authenticity, faith and fidelity should be reflected in parent’s lifestyles.
  6. Qualities of a dad: Manliness, temperance, making significant time for family, putting aside work, and being a reliable source of guidance.
  7. Qualities of a mom: Emotional stability, selflessness, loving service and extreme patience.

complete article and interview at: http://www.zenit.org/article-24773?l=english

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The Solution to Poverty is Poverty

January 5, 2009

The Pope says that the solution to overcome the poverty that God does not want is Evangelical Poverty! The solution is not getting more wealth but sobriety and solidarity, the fruits of evangelical poverty.

read the complete article at: http://www.zenit.org/article-24692?l=english