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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 

‘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