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Family, the Church, and the Real World by Redemptorist Pastoral Publication

Family life is both messy and holy!

If you embrace only the holiness, or if you just get lost in the messiness, then you miss the fullness of the experience that is living as a family - both in the domestic church and the Institutional Church. Here you'll find inspiration from Scripture and modern advice that does more than just tell you how family life is "supposed" to be. This book gives you real, practical wisdom on how to navigate the holy messiness of family life.

Insights have been gathered from experts in every area of family life, including: Dr. Sean P. Reynolds, Dr. Gregory Popcak, Lisa M. Hendey, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Donald J. Paglia, Christopher West, Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, Dr. Thomas J. Neal, and Greg and Jennifer Willits. You'll discover that Catholic Church teaching on marriage and family is rooted in our ultimate calling - to love with all we can muster, even through those messy moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764826207
Publisher: Liguori Publications
Publication date: 08/31/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication is written and edited by multiple authors and produced by Liguori Publications, a leading provider of award-winning Catholic publications for parishes and individuals in every stage of faith and life. A ministry of the Redemptorists, Liguori publishes inspirational and educational print and digital books, catechetical and faith formation programs, newsletters, pamphlets, Vacation Bible School programs, and parish bulletins. Our flagship magazine, Liguorian, communicates a timely pastoral message to Catholics on matters of faith and has been a cherished companion of Catholics for more than 100 years.

Mary Beth Yount, PhD, is the Director of Content and Programming for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Thomas J. Neal, PhD, is the academic dean and professor of spiritual theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He also leads retreats, workshops, and other catechetical events throughout the country. You can read more on his blog,

Andrew Carl Wisdom, OP, DMin, currently serves as the Promoter of Vocations and the Director of The Society for Vocational Support for the Dominicans (Order of Preachers), Province of St. Albert the Great at the Provincial Headquarters in Chicago. He also leads retreats and workshops for campus ministries, parishes, diocesan clergy and religious.

Originally from the Chicago area, Fr. Wisdom is one of 12 children. He earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work and worked in management positions for several not-for-profit organizations before becoming a Dominican Friar.

Fr. Wisdom earned his MA in Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome where he spent four years as a diocesan seminarian at the North American College before being ordained a deacon at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

After experiencing a "call within a call," he received the permission of his bishop to join the Order of Preachers. The Dominicans sent him to Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis for a Doctorate in Preaching. He currently resides with the Dominican Friars at St. Pius V Priory in Chicago.

Sean P. Reynolds, D.Min, is director of the office of youth ministry of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He holds degrees in theology and in community organization and development. He also is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter.

Dr. Gregory Popcak, the founder of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, is the author of many books on marriage and family life, including For Better...FOREVER!, Parenting With Grace, and Holy Sex! A pastoral counselor and host of More2Life Radio, he also serves as an adjunct professor of psychology and graduate theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio). Please visit him at

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of and author of The Grace of Yes and the Chime Travelers series of books for children. She employs television, radio, social media, and her writing to share her passion for the New Evangelization and in support of the domestic church around the world. Lisa speaks internationally on faith, family, and technology and resides in the Diocese of Fresno with her husband, Greg.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle is a Catholic wife and mother of five on earth and three in heaven. She is an award-winning and best-selling journalist and author of twenty books, catechist, speaker, pilgrimage host, and the EWTN television host of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms and Catholic Mom’s Cafe, which she created. Donna-Marie was blessed to know Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, and Blessed Mother Teresa. You can find her at and

Donald J. Paglia and his wife, Chris, are codirectors of the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT.

Christopher West is a husband and father of five. His global lecturing, multiple books, courses, study programs, and media appearances have also made him the world’s most recognized teacher of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Learn more at

Greg and Jennifer Willits have been married since 1995 and are the parents of four boys and a girl. They've cofounded multiple Catholic apostolates and currently host the popular weekly podcast The Catholics Next Door, which can be listened to free on

Greg and Jennifer Willits have been married since 1995 and are the parents of four boys and a girl. They've cofounded multiple Catholic apostolates and currently host the popular weekly podcast The Catholics Next Door, which can be listened to free on

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