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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 

Emulating monks’ lifestyle calms the storm

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

I was alone. There was no real place to go, no real thing to do. Aimlessly I walked; My head heavy, my mouth motionless and my hands hidden. I wanted detachment — isolation — yet the thought of loneliness sent aches to my fumbling mind. I... More 

No moral, legal obligation to pay for deadbeat’s funeral

Published: June 28, 2018   

Dear Dave, My father died recently. He walked out of my life 25 years ago when I was a teenager, and he never wanted anything to do with me after that. His brothers, who have already paid for some of his final expenses, asked if I wanted to pay to have... More 

Science & faith: God’s work clear in all things

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: May 25, 2018   

“I just don’t understand why people believe in God when we have so much scientific proof that he doesn’t exist.” This was what one of my best friends told me when we were discussing our personal beliefs. As an atheist, he has... More 

Should we postpone marriage until we are debt-free?

Published: May 24, 2018   

Dear Dave, My fiancé and I are planning to be married in less than a year. We’ve both been through your class at church, and the other night we started wondering if we should wait to have the wedding until we’re both completely debt-free.... More 

Eucharistic adoration is a spark in the darkness

By Sam Stengel, Published: April 27, 2018   

Walking into Eucharistic adoration is always a transforming experience for me. To begin with, the Eucharistic chapel is an extraordinary environment. Illuminating the room, soft beams of light fall on the kneeling figures and the silence is profound.... More 

After 25 years in Catholic education, farewell with love

By Vernell Bowen, Published: April 27, 2018   

It is with bittersweet emotions that I write this column for the Catholic Schools Herald section. This will be my last article as superintendent of Catholic schools. I will be retiring as of June 30. I have been asked by many what my plans are going... More 

What happens to your debt when you die?

Published: April 26, 2018   

Dear Dave, I’ve started your personal finance course in high school, so I’m asking this for the entire class. What happens to your debt if you pass away with no relatives or heirs to take responsibility for what you owed? Elizabeth   Dear... More