The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Recent Columns

Playing the lottery weekly robs you of your future

Published: January 9, 2020   

Dear Dave, I’ve been struggling financially for the past few months, so I’ve been playing the lottery once a week. To me, the chance to win millions is worth a few dollars a month, even if things are tight. Paula   Dear Paula, You’ve... More 

Who will be liable for the debt after my parents die?

Published: December 18, 2019   

Dear Dave, My parents are getting up there in years, and they aren’t really prepared for when they pass away. They can’t afford life insurance at this point, and they also have a lot of debt. When they die, who will be liable for their debt? Tammi Dear... More 

Time to make decisions about being stay-at-home mom

Published: December 13, 2019   

Dear Dave, We have two preschool kids, and I’m a stay-at-home mom. My husband brings home about $2,500 a month, and our mortgage payment is $1,000 a month. Recently, we’ve had to tap into our savings in order to pay the bills. Should I go... More 

Look at your habits and emotions associated with money

Published: November 27, 2019   

Dear Dave, I’ve gotten out of debt before following your plan, but I always seem to fall right back in. I find myself spending more than I mean to whenever I go out shopping or running errands. I’m tired of all this, and I want to stop busting... More 

Growth: Teaching students about effort, persistence

By Theresa Hall, Published: November 11, 2019   

We are all familiar with the children’s book “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper. Even though there are many versions of this same story, the plot is the same. The little engine that has a very heavy load has to get over the... More 

How to teach your children value of work and money

Published: November 7, 2019   

Dear Dave, Is it OK to give very young children an allowance? Christie Dear Christie, Teaching kids that there’s an emotional connection between work and money is one of the best things you can do as a parent. Once your kids are old enough... More 

Want peace and truth? Make God a priority

By Olivia Parker, Published: October 24, 2019   

Our lives are centered on our relationships with other people. The definition of relationship according to the Oxford dictionary is, the way in which two or more people are connected, or the state of being connected. In our current culture, we are told... More 

Is $1,000 the minimum emergency fund I should have?

Published: October 23, 2019   

Dear Dave, I’m 26 and single, and I have about $35,000 in credit card and student loan debt. I’m only making $20,000 a year right now, but I expect to be making almost $30,000 soon. Under the circumstances, can I get by with $500 in my emergency... More 

How should I use emergency fund after husband's layoff?

Published: October 10, 2019   

Dear Dave, My husband lost his job last week. The good news is we’re completely debt-free, and we have a six-month emergency fund saved up. I work part-time, since we have young children, and I’ve been bringing home about $800 a month. Should... More 

Everyone is called to be a ‘saint of today’

By Sarah Duvall, Published: September 26, 2019   

I recently had the honor of taking a tour of the Holy Family Mission in Morrilton with my local Catholic faith group, Ignite. On this tour, Luz Sandoval-Lord and Raymond Freyaldenhoven, also known as Brother Joseph, showed us what they do at the Mission,... More