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Seven steps to build wealth and give generously

Published: November 29, 2018   

Dear Dave, I like your plan, and I’m ready to get control of my finances. Should I catch up on past due bills before saving $1,000 for the beginner emergency fund you recommend in Baby Step 1? Samantha Dear Samantha, This is a great question,... More 

Catholic nursing studies see body and soul

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: November 21, 2018   

This year, I began my first semester of college at Creighton University, a Jesuit college in Omaha, as a student in the direct entry nursing school. So far, despite the rigorous courses and the high stress that every college student is bound to experience,... More 

Souls suffer after abuse by clergy, but healing is possible

By Chris Baker, Published: November 8, 2018   

Chris Baker is sharing his painful reflections regarding the abuse he suffered years ago at the hands of former priest Bob Torres, its devastating impact in his spiritual life and his more recent path to healing. It is even more heart rending to know... More 

In scandal’s darkness, light world with love

By Sam Stengel, Published: October 29, 2018   

Who is responsible? How deep does the corruption go? What is going to be done about this? Why doesn’t God do something? Disrupting the relative peace we had before, the scandals in the Church have brought in a storm of questions. All of these... More 

What comes first? Retirement or loan payments?

Published: October 25, 2018   

Dear Dave, Do you think I should lower the amount I’m contributing to my 401(k) so I can pay off my house and my truck? Jamie Dear Jamie, If you’re following my plan, the first thing you should do is set aside a beginner emergency fund... More 

#MeToo movement reminds us to speak out for justice

By Olivia Parker, Published: September 28, 2018   

In our world today we have several civil rights issues plastered all over our newspapers, social media and televisions. Some include the recent news of separating immigrant families at the border, pro-life issues, unfair treatment from police toward different... More 

Credit cards aren’t the problem; overspending is

Published: September 26, 2018   

Dear Dave, How do you feel about taking money out of savings to pay off credit cards? Peggy Dear Peggy, I’m OK with this under two conditions. One is that you cut up the credit cards, close the accounts and never use those things again. The... More 

Help parents if it isn’t undue burden on your family

Published: August 24, 2018   

Dear Dave, Do you believe the adult child of a senior citizen, who is physically and mentally healthy but has neglected to plan for retirement, should be burdened with providing financial assistance to that parent? Robbie   Dear Robbie, Based... More 

With trust in Jesus, we will weather this storm as a Church

By Deacon Matt Glover, Published: August 23, 2018   

Bishop Taylor has no homily this weekend because he is on vacation, so he has asked Arkansas Catholic to publish this timely homily (which was given just prior to the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report) from Deacon Matt Glover. Bishop Taylor... More 

How can I get life insurance after a diagnosis?

Published: July 27, 2018   

Dear Dave, I started looking at life insurance policies after my wife and I had our daughter. During the screening process, I found out I had testicular cancer. I went through treatments, and the doctors have officially declared me to be in remission.... More