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Catholic school principals shine with bruised hearts

By Theresa Hall, Published: August 16, 2019   

It is the time of year when the hot days of summer begin to wind down and the hustle and bustle for parents begin as they prepare for the upcoming school year. Teachers and principals have had a break, but they question, “What happened to those... More 

Paying past due bills first step to being debt free

Published: August 6, 2019   

Dear Dave, I’ve had enough of living paycheck-to-paycheck. I’m going to start following your plan, but I have a question. Should I catch up on my past due bills before beginning Baby Step 1? Simon Dear Simon, Go for it! You’re... More 

Think you have plans? God may surprise you

By Katherine McWilliams, Published: July 26, 2019   

When I think about the phrase “God has a plan for you,” I recall a homily where we heard about a visiting priest’s call to the priesthood. He had his entire life mapped out, was attending medical school, and had wanted to be a doctor... More 

Teaching kids to save, spend, give

Published: July 26, 2019   

Dear Dave, We’ve followed your advice and put our kids on commissions instead of allowances. The problem is our 8-year-old. He never buys anything, and he seems to be very frugal by nature. Do you have any advice for teaching him it is okay to... More 

Honesty best financial decision to make in marriage

Published: July 10, 2019   

Dear Dave, I’ve never hidden debt from my husband, but I do hide money from him on occasion. I don’t hide it for my personal use, but I have been setting money aside for emergencies without his knowledge. He’s not terrible with money,... More 

Temporary: When should I not match my company’s 401K?

Published: June 27, 2019   

Dear Dave, Should I still contribute up to the match to my 401(k) at work, like you recommend, if I’m in the process of trying to get out of debt? Russ Dear Russ, Some people disagree with this stance, but my answer is no. I understand how... More 

Quality marriage means joining finances, sharing goals

Published: May 31, 2019   

Dear Dave, Should my husband and I combine our finances? Jenny Dear Jenny, If you want a quality marriage, the answer is yes. If you want a high probability of building wealth, the answer is yes. I read an article the other day about how you... More 

Faith is not just a seasonal subscription

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: May 23, 2019   

Now that the season of Lent has ended, so have our Lenten promises, and with our Lenten promises, the daily reminder to try and grow closer in your relationship with Christ. Much like New Year’s resolutions, Lenten promises are often forgotten... More 

As door closes on St. Edward School, light will still shine

By Theresa Hall, Published: May 3, 2019   

As I watched the Notre Dame Cathedral fire with sadness, I was reminded of another longstanding institution that suffered a great loss, St. Edward Parish. My relationship with St. Edward School began more than 34 years ago while praying before Mass... More 

It takes true courage to surrender to God

By Sam Stengel, Published: April 26, 2019   

In C. S. Lewis’ book “The Screwtape Letters,” the demon named Screwtape writes, “We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice.” The implication of this is that there is also at least one virtue men are always... More