Editor’s note: I would like to thank our friends at Liguori Publications for their sponsorship of CatholicMom.com this month. The book we’re sharing with you, Family, the Church, and the Real World, is chock full of practical solutions for living out the faith in your “real world” Domestic Church. It was an honor and a privilege to join with the well-known authors and experts who teamed up to create this resource for you and your family. We pray that it will be a gift to you! Lisa Hendey
Greg Popcak, Christopher West, Lisa Hendey, and more Catholic leaders contribute to a new book on living the marriage vocation, building the domestic church, and living in love as a family
Introduction by Mary Beth Yount, PhD
“Wonder if you’re the only one from a messy family? Just think about the stories of messed-up families that are woven through the biblical narrative,” writes Thomas J. Neal, PhD, the opening essayist in the new book, Family, the Church, and the Real World (Liguori, 2015). Neal explains a central truth in the book: Jesus meets families in the midst of brokenness. The unifying center of marriage and family life is faith in Jesus and fidelity to his teaching.
Today, as media and society discuss marriage and family life, this refreshing collection of essays written by Catholic leaders in marriage and family life offers support to deepen the unity of families and find the holiness that underlies the mess.
Nine essayists clarify Catholic teachings on marriage and family, lay out the mission of the family, and inspire families to give their all to this communion of love.
They make their points in a brisk, down-to-earth way, as if sitting down to the kitchen table to unpack the big, encyclical-sized ideas and to identify bite-sized action steps, including
- Four tasks to protect your family against the dehumanizing aspects of our culture
- Thirteen actions to put your family on the way of love
- Five traits that empower families to live the Catholic difference in their daily lives
- Four ways to live out the liturgical calendar
- Six conversation starters, and more
Family, the Church, and the Real World is a lifeline for families who struggle to grow in faith—and that takes in every family, say essayists Greg and Jennifer Willits. “As a family, we are struggling to stay in a committed relationship with God every day. Cling to God with every bit of your strength. The rewards you gain will far outweigh the effort you put in!” Sample pages are at Liguori.org.
About the Contributors
Thomas J. Neal, PhD, is the academic dean and professor of spiritual theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He also leads retreats, workshops, and other catechetical events throughout the country. He blogs at nealobstat.wordpress.com.
Sean P. Reynolds, DMin, is director of the office of youth ministry of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He holds degrees in theology and in community organization and development. He also is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter.
Gregory Popcak, PhD, MSW, LISW-S, founder of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, is the author of many books on marriage and family life, including For Better…FOREVER!, Parenting with Grace, and Holy Sex! A pastoral counselor and host of More2Life Radio, he also serves as an adjunct professor of psychology and graduate theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is at CatholicCounselors.com.
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes and the Chime Travelers series of books for children. She shares her passion for the New Evangelization and the domestic church around the world through television, radio, social media, and her writings. Hendey speaks internationally on faith, family, and technology.
Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, OP, is a Dominican priest and preacher. He has more than a decade of experience in vocations ministry and currently serves as vicar for mission advancement and director of the Society for Vocational Support for the Dominicans, Province of St. Albert the Great. Fr. Wisdom authored Tuning In to God’s Call (Liguori, 2012) and Why Should I Encourage My Son to Be a Priest (Liguori, 2007.)
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, a Catholic wife and mother, is an award-winning and best-selling journalist and author of twenty books, catechist, speaker, and pilgrimage host. She also hosts the EWTN programs, Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms and Catholic Mom’s Cafe, which she created. Her web sites are donnacooperoboyle.com and viewdomesticchurch.blogspot.com.
Donald J. Paglia and his wife, Chris, are codirectors of the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut.
Christopher West is a husband and father of five. His global lecturing, multiple books, courses, study programs, and media appearances have made him the world’s most recognized teacher of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. His web site is corproject.com.
Greg and Jennifer Willits have been married since 1995 and are the parents of four sons and a daughter. They’ve cofounded multiple Catholic apostolates and currently host the popular weekly podcast The Catholics Next Door on GregandJennifer.com.