Got Gratitude?

Sometimes bad news comes thick and fast, to the point of being overwhelming. I have two friends whose fathers are struggling with lung cancer. Another whose marriage is on the rocks. One lost his house to foreclosure recently. On a national scale, we have heard plenty of bad economic news. The weather... [Read more...]

Do You Have the Right Tools?

On Sunday morning, I was feeling pretty good. I would spend some time at Church, signing people up for the financial class Kathi and I will lead this fall. Then a relaxed afternoon, spending time with Kathi and the kids. Wrong. Just as I was on the last leg of my short drive, my phone rang. “Dad?”... [Read more...]

Market Madness

What a roller coaster ride. The market was up today. Or was that yesterday? It was down the day before that. Way down. Tomorrow, who knows? The financial news these days is fraught with anxiety. Upheaval in the markets. Political gridlock. Rancorous debate. Particularly when it comes to money, the uncertainty... [Read more...]

The Value of a Woman – Part II

Have you ever been really angry, only to have your anger morph into gratitude? It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? When I posted “The Value of a Woman” last week, I was pretty upset about my wife being treated poorly by a “scumbag” salesman. To those who took exception to my description of the salesman,... [Read more...]

The Bill Gates of Blurbs

Mike Aquilina is one of my best friends, my daughter Maria’s godfather, and a prolific writer. He is also the Bill Gates of blurbs. Mike provided the original impetus for me to begin writing. When we met many years ago, he was the editor of the Pittsburgh Catholic diocesan newspaper. Later Mike... [Read more...]

The Value of a Woman

I have rarely been so angry. Last week, Kathi called me at work. We were in the process of selling a car, and the prospective buyer had asked us to drive it over to her mechanic friend for an inspection. No problem, we thought. Until Kathi arrived at the seedy used car lot where the mechanic friend worked. Out... [Read more...]

Thank You, Father!

Amazing. I’ve been shaking my head over this all day, muttering words of gratitude and offering up astonished prayers. Not only did I receive an extraordinary, gracious and fantastic endorsement of my forthcoming book, “Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint” today, it came... [Read more...]

The Church and New Media

Young, smart people inspire me. A few months ago, I spent a couple days at Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) in Huntington, IN. My friend Greg Erlandson asked if I knew Brandon Vogt, a young blogger and author with a book coming out in August. The question must have been divinely inspired. At Greg’s suggestion,... [Read more...]

More Faith at Work

Aren’t word plays fun? I have always appreciated the value of a nice, ambiguous slogan or phrase. Faith at work in particular is one that has consistently resonated with me. For some people, the phrase could mean that the faith itself is at work, in lives or situations. It’s always a joy seeing the... [Read more...]

Allen Hunt’s Faith at Work!

Another endorsement for my forthcoming book, “Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint” showed up today! Allen Hunt is the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program The Allen Hunt Show. He is scheduled to appear on The Journey Home program with my boss and friend Marcus... [Read more...]

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