New study on the threat to kids on the internet: some bad stats, some surprising good stats--and how 15 minutes can put your kids in that "good stat group"

First the bad news–then 3 pieces of good newsBarna Group, which is the leading research organization in areas of faith and culture, in mid January released results from a massive research project examining the attitudes and practices of teens and young adults in America. The topic of their research? Pornography.Their main (and very sobering discovery)–as reported in their “top-level findings” was:When they talk about pornography with friends, 89% of teens (12-17) and 95% young adults (18-24) discuss it in a “neutral, accepting, or encouraging way.” Only 10% of teens and 5% of young adults say their friends think viewing pornography is a bad thing.And–even worse: they don’t define the things that you and I think are pornographic…as pornographic.

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When Soup and Stations Just Doesn't Work Out

I would love to start this post off with a great story about that disastrous time I tried to bring the kids to soup and stations… but I don’t have one. I don’t have one because for a long time I have not been brave enough to drag my kids down to the church hungry, and at bedtime, to eat dinner when they are usually getting in PJs and to pray in a darkish church long past the kids’ “lights out” time.I remember doing the stations as a child and I have great memories of it… but those memories are also when I was over the age of seven. For my crew of five under the age of eight… Soup and Stations at the church is not going to happen this year. One night this Lent my husband might take the two oldest as a special treat… but for the most part

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Nine

Here are the prayers for the ninth day of our novena to the Holy Spirit. BUT WAIT: If you are late getting started with us, you can do this ENTIRE NOVENA in just one day (and it is not that hard or time-consuming at all)! Scroll on down below the rules for Ash Wednesday to see how to do the “express novena to the Holy Spirit for your Lenten devotions and penances” and let the Spirit get you ready for Lent! And don’t you get intimidated as you scroll down–this is truly an “express novena” that will only take a minute or so at the top of every hour trust me!NINTH DAY Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. AmenThe

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Eight

Here are the prayers for the eighth day of our novena to the Holy Spirit. Jump right in and let the Spirit get you ready for Lent! EIGHTH DAY Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!The Gift of WisdomEmbodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine

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Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day Seven

Welcome to day seven of our Novena to the Holy Spirit. We are praying this novena to help us prepare for Lent by asking the Holy Spirit to lead us “into the into the desert” of Lenten penances, just as the Spirit led Jesus into the desert in the Gospels.If you are reading this and you have missed some or all of the previous days that is OK! A little prayer is better than no prayer at all! Someone once told me “Do Not Let the BEST be the enemy of the GOOD.” In other words: It’s best if you can make it through the entire novena without missing a day. It is still good to pray what you can, even if the novena or prayer is incomplete. So, regardless of your participation the past six days, read on pray on and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into the desert. To read

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