Why We Need Boundaries

We all have those people in our lives whom we love, but just ask too much of us. This is just one reason why we need boundaries. Establishing boundaries in relationships can be hard, but it is necessary.

Even Jesus did it when he spent time with just his disciples, or just his apostles; or just Peter, James, and John; or even just his father in heaven.

Fr. Mike explains not just the importance of establishing boundaries, but how we could do so without coming across as glib or too honest. He talks about how establishing boundaries will help us more effectively live the Christian life, and even help the one to whom those boundaries apply.

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Fr. Mike is also a presenter in these faith formation programs from Ascension:

Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God

Chosen: This is Your Catholic Faith

Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed

YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body

Get 18 of Fr. Mike’s best Ascension Presents videos in this exclusive DVD from Ascension: Ascension Presents … Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike spoke at the Ascension Cafe during the World Meeting of Families. Watch him and other speakers get fired up about the gospel in the Ascension Cafe DVD.


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  1. Very well stated. I agree with the part where you described that how you establish that boundary matters. Specifically, how you explain or state the boundary can have an impact on your relationship with that person—does it maintain the relationship. I recently had a personal experience where someone did that very poorly with me. It’s healthy to be clear, but the method in which you do so can be very impactful on the other individual especially when you have been in clear or honest about that boundary in the past.

  2. Amen.
    Prudence and charity go hand in hand.


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