Tune in tomorrow, Thursday May 11, at 8:20 Eastern Time (7:20 Central) for Tim’s
interview on Spirit Mornings Radio: spiritcatholicradio.com.
Bruce and Jen will be interviewing him about his new book release, Living Against the Grain, from Loyola Press. The book is an adaptation of Tim’s popular course at Boston College, Capstone: Desire and Discernment. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, the book is an invitation to young people to pay attention to their authentic desires in order to discern where God is leading them, toward lives of service rooted in love.
Fathers have an important role in passing faith on to their children as they get older. According to the authors of Young Catholic America, the preeminent study of young adult Catholics in the United States today, this role is critical.
Our interview data strongly suggest that the religious faith and practices of fathers play a particularly important role in determining the religious trajectories of their sons and daughters. (p. 122)
Later, they clarify:
Committed Catholic fathers are not a sufficient condition for producing children who will be committed Catholics down the road. However, in most cases, having a committed Catholic father seems to be a necessary condition. (p. 124)
If Catholic faith is a practice–more than just a set of beliefs or even moral convictions, the immediate takeaway is that as children age, they will look their fathers to learn the way their practices manifest what they really believe.
Thanks to Wendy Wiese for inviting us to be part of her show on Relevant Radio yesterday!
Listen to the audio here.
See our response on the Aleteia news site.
Aleteia posed six questions to authors, educators, and parents-of-teens Tim and Sue Muldoon about their newly-released book, The Discerning Parent: An Ignatian Guide to Raising Your Teen.
1) What inspired the book?
Two things: our professional lives and our parenting teens. Tim is a theologian who has taught Ignatian spirituality for years at Boston College, and Sue is a therapist and religious educator who has counseled many young adults over the years. We saw a need as parents to reflect intelligently on how we parent our teens, and drew inspiration from the same Ignatian tradition that gave rise to our first book, Six Sacred Rules for Families.
We are delighted to announce the publication of our new book, The Discerning Parent: An Ignatian Guide to Raising Your Teen, from Ave Maria Press! See what others are saying about it.
“An engaging book for parents who desire that God be the center of raising their teenage children. Applying Ignatian discernment to this specific task–a valuable contribution–the authors offer clarity and hope to all parents.” —Rev. Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., Author of The Discernment of Spirits
“How many books have you read on parenting? Whether your answer is none, or too many, you should read this one. The Discerning Parent is a solid guide to parenting done the right way. After the first few chapters, I knew I was not simply going to endorse this book, I was going to pause, consider, and incorporate its insights into my own parenting. Tim and Sue Muldoon have done all parents a service with this gracefully written volume, a practical manual for raising holy young men and women.” —Chris Stefanick, Founder of Real Life Catholic
“This is a book I wish I’d had for those challenging years of raising my own teen sons. Learn practical strategies and spiritual wisdom to help your favorite teens not only survive but thrive.” —Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms
“Tim and Sue Muldoon have done it again, welcoming readers on their family journey as they raise teenagers with faith, hope, love, and no little amount of courage. The Discerning Parent equips us with an Ignatian toolbox containing rich practices that include the daily examen and imaginative encounters with the scriptures. We are invited to explore our deepest desires for our children and attend to the ways in which God’s ‘slow work’ is unfolding in their lives. Parents who are experiencing the many challenges that adolescence brings will find mercy and consolation here. Parents who are celebrating the joys that come with this stage of life will be encouraged to view these anew through the eyes of faith. The Muldoons are wise companions on this journey.” —Mary M. Doyle Roche, Associate Professor at College of the Holy Cross
“Tim and Sue Muldoon draw from the wisdom and spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola, whose reflections on discernment are a blessing to many in the Church today. As parents, they see how the practice of discernment sheds light on the task of parenting teens, who themselves are beginning the work of making important life decisions. I am grateful and so will you be for their insights on a discerning approach to family life.” —Most. Rev. Robert P. Reed, Axiliary Bishop of Boston, President of CatholicTV
Coming this Lent: Tim’s Ignatian Workout for Lent, hosted by Loyola Press.
Tim Muldoon writes that, “Life in Christ demands the same kind of vigilance, preparation, and training that a person undertakes as an athlete.”
This Lent, become a spiritual athlete and join Tim for The Ignatian Workout for Lent. Each Monday he’ll share audio reflections accompanied by suggestions for prayer and action. Based on the book of the same name, the online retreat begins the week of Ash Wednesday and continues through Easter Week.
First Week of Lent
Second Week of Lent
Third Week of Lent
Fourth Week of Lent
Fifth Week of Lent
We are looking for people who are willing to read and comment on our new book on Amazon and social media. Please contact us at muldoont [at] bc.edu if you are willing to read an advance copy of the book. What can you expect? Our reflections on the practice of discernment in the Ignatian tradition, applied to parenting teens.
The book is part meditation and part invitation to reflection on the task of forming our young adults. Our hope is to reach parents and educators of teens, as well as youth ministers and others who minister to young people. We believe that learning and practicing discernment can yield great fruit for ourselves, for our families, and for the young people who will take their cues from us on how to make life choices that are not only life-giving, but also mindful of others in building a good society.
Thank you, designers at Ave Maria Press! Thank you, Father Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V.!