Verbal Jabs, Sarcastic Comments, and Accusations
From time to time, adjustments are needed in the way we communicate with others. I recall a phase a few years back (when all eight of our kids lived at home) when there was a lot of bickering going on among family members. All of us. Verbal jabs, sarcastic comments, and accusations had somehow become routine forms of communication.
But wait, my wife and I thought. We’re a... Read More
Kicking and Screaming!
Imagine for a moment that you had taken the most extraordinary, unlikely journey – one you never anticipated and still can’t believe actually happened. Now imagine you wanted to write a book describing the experience… how would you begin?
Here’s what I would write.
Here’s something I believe: If Catholicism is true, then it should change us. In... Read More
The Pain of Conversion
Did you experience the loss of friends and family due to your conversion? If you did, how did you get through the grief and loss? Thanks.
The question, from a new Facebook friend, cut me to the heart. As I ponder his words, a rush of memories and emotions flood my mind. The answer to his first question, I assure him, is yes. But do I have any answers to the second?
Holy Spirit,... Read More
Catholic Q&A Wins International Award
If you’ve ever visited this humble blog in the past, chances are pretty good that you know I’m a fan of the late Fr. Ray Ryland. He was my friend, mentor, and spiritual director for many years, and among the heroes of my life. You probably also know that since Fr. Ray’s passing, my dad compiled hundreds of Fr. Ray’s responses to questions about the Catholic... Read More
Do you ever have questions about the Catholic faith? Chances are, those questions are in this book – along with succinct, witty, and deeply insightful answers. If you didn’t know him during his 93 year sojourn on earth, allow me the privilege of introducing you to a giant of our times – Fr. Ray Ryland.
Fr. Ray was a dear friend, mentor, confessor, and spiritual... Read More
The Kiss of Jesus
Holy people are made, not born.
Such is the case with a woman I am privileged to count as a friend, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. I first met Donna-Marie when I was but a lowly, first-time author with absolutely no idea how to promote my new book Faith at Work. Donna-Marie’s gracious intercession and encouragement during this time period was, and has been ever since, a tremendous... Read More
Among the greatest privileges of fatherhood is watching your kids grow into really cool young adults. With that in mind, I’m going to provide a little demonstration, courtesy of my daughter… with a guest post. Meet Mia, unedited.
Sorry for Spilling the Beans (Based on a true story)
Ouch. A friend just said something that really stung. To be fair, I did say something... Read More
Evangelize – or Proselytize?
Conversion is hard.
It also takes a long time. How many people do you know who have just woken up one day and decided to change their religion, political affiliation, or even favorite football team? I can’t think of anyone. These changes do happen sometimes, but they usually result from a long process. Heck, my conversion to Catholicism took the better part of ten years,... Read More
I’ve heard lots of commentaries recently by people who are utterly infuriated with politicians. Now, this blog isn’t generally concerned with politics, but I ran across a priceless reflection this week that seems perfectly suited for the times in which we live.
As regular visitors to gratefulconvert.com know, the late Fr. Ray Ryland was a dear friend, mentor, and... Read More
Praying for Prodigals
You meet the nicest people while blogging.
A great example of this happened just recently. After posting the last installment of my Workplace Witnesses article, I received a very gracious note from a reader who said she liked the section on freewill. She offered to send me her book that deals, among other things, with this topic. I wrote back, and offered to reciprocate.
Turns... Read More
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