Broadcasting Friday 8:20 Eastern

bustedhaloradioWe had a great time recording the show with Brett Siddell and Fr. Dave Dwyer of Busted Halo, talking about our new book–topics like why discernment is important for both parents and teens; how parents provide scaffolding for teens’ construction of self; how to find God present in daily life as parents; and others.

Tune in at 8:20pm Eastern to Sirius XM Radio, Channel 129, or listen to the podcast anytime!

Spirit Mornings Radio

Tune in tomorrow, Thursday May 11, at 8:20 Eastern Time (7:20 Central) for Tim’s
interview on Spirit Mornings Radio: Shot 2017-04-01 at 7.25.02 AM

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 and young adults’ faith

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.

How can Ignatian spirituality help you with your teen?

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.

New book!

Cover photoWe 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 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