Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott is the mom of eight children, most of whom are old enough to vote. She is a registered nurse and the owner of a nursing - related small business. She teaches Catechism Class to her parish's First Communion candidates. Terry writes for Catholic Insight Magazine, is a columnist at CatholicMom.com. Visit her blog, 8kidsandabusiness.com



Eight Strategies for a Calm, Fruitful Advent

Most of us are distracted with so many things. Busyness is a stress-inducing condition of daily life. We rush from one place to another, and try to juggle one too many commitments. With only one month left before Christmas, our lives are going to be even more rushed....

Book Review: Why be Afraid? A Retreat

Why Be Afraid? A Retreat by Douglas McManaman Justin Press ISBN: 978-0-9917996-6-4 102 pages, softcover $12.95 CDN Deacon Douglas McManaman is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Toronto, ministering especially to those who suffer from mental illness. A high...

When Mental Illness Affects the Family

Whenever a suicide strikes a community, everyone is shaken. And yes, the news of the suicide of Rick Warren’s twenty-seven-year-old son, Matthew, was also very tragic. Rick Warren is a famed Evangelical Christian pastor, a popular speaker, and the celebrated...

Short Shorts and Midriffs: Dressing Our Daughters

According to WebMD, girls begin a growth spurt around age 9 or 10, with the fastest growth around age 11 or 12. Typically, girls grow about three inches per year during this period. That’s what happened to my youngest child this past year. At the beginning of...

Mid-Lent Check Up

One of the kids in my First Communion Class asked me how many more days are left in Lent. When I answered that we are just about halfway through, there was a very loud, disappointed chorus of aaawwws from most of the class. Right about now, are you saying...

Fasting: a common sense approach

During a Lenten Friday Mass, I was called upon to use my nursing skills in an emergency situation. Just as the cantor began the Gospel Acclamation, an elderly woman in the pew in front of my family suddenly collapsed to the floor. My nursing instinct kicked in as I...

Am I Dumb Because I Have Eight Kids?

The Guardian UK recently published the article “Should We Care That Smart Women Aren’t Having Kids?” The piece was based on the work of Satoshi Kanazawa, a London School of Economics psychologist who conducted research on the link between...

Humanae Vitae and NFP: My Testimony

In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis was reported to express praise for Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of birth in keeping with natural and Divine law. Pope Francis reportedly said that Pope Paul VI was...

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