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Single parents should evaluate life insurance needs

Published: July 10, 2020   

Dear Dave, Last year I got a divorce. I’m 32, a teacher and a single mom. I’m on Baby Step 2 right now, and I was wondering about life insurance. My son is only 2, and if something happened to me, he would go to his father. His dad is in... More 

Save for retirement before you save for kids' college

Published: June 25, 2020   

Dear Dave, What percentage of our income should we save for our kids' education? We know you recommend setting aside 15 percent for retirement, but do you have a similar rule that applies to paying for college? Andrew Dear Andrew, I... More 

Pandemic requires God’s gift of adaptability

By Anthony Hailey, Published: June 19, 2020   

When we enter this world, we all come with certain innate talents and gifts, bestowed upon us by the Lord. Some of them include our athletic abilities or our intellect, but there’s one gift that stands out above all in a time like this: adaptability. The... More 

Should we combine finances now or wait until marriage?

Published: June 11, 2020   

Dear Dave, Is it OK to combine finances with someone and start working on a budget before you marry them? I just got engaged, and we’ve been talking about the idea of getting a head start on our finances together. Autumn Dear Autumn, First,... More 

Pay federal, state taxes now or wait until July 15?

Published: May 28, 2020   

Dear Dave, My husband and I owe $3,500 in federal taxes, along with $3,000 in state taxes. We’re both still working during the pandemic scare. Would it better to wait until the new July 15 due date to pay taxes, and pay off other debt in the meantime,... More 

Faith, service doesn’t stop when world does

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: May 22, 2020   

If there is anything that the world has learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that the world can stop in an instant. Whether we see it coming or not, there is always the possibility that change is just around the corner to knock us out of our familiarities... More 

God’s Kingdom a lesson in patient surrender

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: May 15, 2020   

In the days that have stretched into weeks upon weeks during the pandemic, we are learning valuable lessons about ourselves, our relationships and our interactions with the world around us. One of the lessons has to do with the importance of patience... More 

Should I tithe to my church from the stimulus check?

Published: May 7, 2020   

Dear Dave, Should my wife and I tithe on our stimulus checks? She thinks we should, but I’m not sure. In my mind, we already gave our money to Caesar — so to speak — and now he’s just giving it back. What do you think?  Luke Dear... More 

Home has always been a pillar of Catholic education

By Theresa Hall, Published: April 23, 2020   

The logo for the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Little Rock is made up of two pillars that represent the home and school working together to build the Church. The three bands on top suggest the threefold purpose of Catholic education: to teach... More 

When is it too late to buy life insurance?

Published: April 23, 2020   

Dear Dave, Life insurance is one of those things I always said I would get around to buying someday, but for various reasons I just haven’t done it yet. Is there ever a time when it is too late to get life insurance? Angie Dear Angie, First... More