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‘Financial child abuse’ can harm college student with debt

Published: March 27, 2018   

Dear Dave, I’m about to graduate from college, and while I’ve been in school my mom has been handling most of my finances. Recently, I discovered she’s been taking my student loan money and spending it on herself. So far, it looks like... More 

Faith, action both needed to keep schools safe

By Olivia Parker, Published: March 23, 2018   

The Catholic Education Resource Center defines “sanctity of life” as “human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its... More 

Ask God: What can I do to better myself for you?

By Katherine McWilliams, Published: February 23, 2018   

During the Christmas season, it is popular for news channels to publish inspirational stories about couples who rescued animals, donated to the needy or the rare few who managed to save their failing marriages. It just so happens that I came upon an article... More 

Rent-to-own scenarios always cost you more money

Published: February 21, 2018   

Dear Dave, Is it OK to buy something using a rent-to-own plan? Josh Dear Josh, I advise against rent-to-own deals. Rent-to-own places get people in the door with promises of low monthly or weekly payments. But when it comes to rent-to-own furniture,... More 

Parents, teachers must collaborate for kids’ success

By Vernell Bowen, Published: January 26, 2018   

Educators know that the level of success a child shows during a school year is enhanced by the level of cooperation between parents and the teacher. The Church’s vision of the parent’s role in educating their child/children is put forth in... More 

How long and big could my mortgage be?

Published: January 26, 2018   

Dear Dave, Do you have a guideline ratio for mortgage debt to income?  Levon Dear Levon, When it comes to buying a home, I always tell people to get a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, with monthly payments that are no more than 25 percent of their... More 

Theater and Mass are both about relationships

By Apolo Castillo Jr., Published: January 25, 2018   

No matter where I was, I loved being the center of everyone’s attention. I had no idea why. Seeing friends and family laugh as I made a joke or told a story was a feeling of fulfillment. And, as a 12-year-old who constantly had energy, I could... More 

Life insurance whatever your age: Get it now!

Published: December 19, 2017   

Dear Dave, I’ve noticed that the younger you are, the less expensive life insurance can be. I’m 32, and I’m still paying off my student loans. With this in mind, what’s the best age to get term life insurance, and what does it... More 

Meeting archbishop opens heart to confession

By Michael Broadwater, Published: December 7, 2017   

I have to admit, I’ve always been hesitant about reconciliation. My mom or one of my friends will ask if I’ve been to confession recently, and I get this terrible anxious feeling in my stomach. There’s something about telling a priest... More 

Faith threatened by the desire to be ‘normal’

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: November 22, 2017   

I’ll be transparent. Being a teenager is hard. With school, work, college applications, keeping a social life and an abundance of other things, it begins to stack up. Being a Catholic teenager is even harder. You get caught up in a whirlwind... More