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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 

Social media can prevent our doing greater things

By Vernell Bowen, Published: November 20, 2017   

In the past two years, school principals have begun to deal with issues with inappropriate uses of social media not only by students, but by the parents. There are many positive things about the ways social media keeps us informed and connected with... More 

Budgeting key whether you are married or single

Published: November 16, 2017   

Dear Dave, Do you have any tips for how single people can stay on track with their finances? Deb Dear Deb, The first thing I’d suggest is the same advice I give to married couples, and that is to spend less than you make, and live on a written,... More 

As my son grows, so does relationship with his birth mother

By Tara Little, Published: November 2, 2017   

When the time came for our son’s birth mom to leave the hospital, she had asked to say goodbye before she left. As Laura stood there holding Will, the love she felt for him filled the room. She looked at him as if to memorize every detail of... More 

Love of God breaks through body insecurity

By Olivia Parker, Published: October 26, 2017   

When you think of body image, negative or positive, you typically think of teen girls or just teenagers in general. However, recent studies have shown that when younger girls, around the ages of 8 and 10, are asked how they feel about their body image... More 

How to help your son become a responsible man

Published: October 20, 2017   

Dear Dave, My son is about to go off to college, and I’m concerned about how he’ll handle his money when he gets there. We’ve taught all our children how to use your envelope system, and to save and give, but I’d like some advice... More 

Being debt-free before you get married isn’t necessary

Published: September 27, 2017   

Dear Dave, I’ll be getting married in a few months, and I just finished reading some of your books. You make a lot of sense, but now I’m wondering if I need to talk to my fiancée about postponing the wedding until I pay off all my... More 

The desire for God is written on our heart

By Apolo Castillo Jr., Published: September 22, 2017   

Do you qualify as human? Surely you understand the ink shapes printed on this paper. A living human is breathing, his heart is beating and his mind conscious — to an extent — of the world surrounding it. The dictionary collecting dust on my... More