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
Workplace Witnesses – Part 3
Continued from Part 2… here are more ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace.
Joy in Tribulations
One of my favorite stories in scripture is in Acts chapter 5. The apostles are hauled in front of the Sanhedrin, accused of preaching the gospel. For their troubles, they were flogged. Flogged! Then scripture tells us the most astonishing thing.
They... Read More
Workplace Witnesses – Part 2
Continued from Part 1… here are a few ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace.
Be a Friend
I worked with a guy several years ago named Stan, who had grown up Christian but abandoned his faith in favor of Buddhism. It was a bit of an odd relationship. Stan delighted in giving me a hard time about being Catholic, and we had many spirited conversations... Read More
Workplace Witnesses – Part 1
My wife’s cell phone was just about dead. She really didn’t want a new one, but the battery wouldn’t hold a charge, and it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to call her mom, text our older kids, and perhaps most important – receive calls from her loving husband.
That’s why we recently found ourselves reluctantly trudging into the wireless store at the end... Read More
Among the privileges of my life is knowing many good men, and among them some remarkable fathers. One unifying theme springs to mind that unites the great dads: gratitude.
Good fathers are grateful for their children. They know that that despite – and maybe because of – the challenges of fatherhood, there is a tremendous opportunity to positively influence the lives... Read More
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