My eight year old son David is a spirited, ebullient, goofy kid. You may not be able to see it in the picture, but the sign he’s holding up says “Wanted.” There’s more truth in that than he knows. His life is a testament to the fact that Christian gratitude poses an enormous challenge.... [Read more...]Show Me Eyes!
The tooth fairy in our region is such a slacker. My ten year old son Joseph came to me the other night, sad-eyed and wistful. “My tooth has been under my pillow for a week and a half!” he said mournfully. “Well, I didn’t text the tooth fairy, Joe. You have to let me know.” “Dad,... [Read more...]Tending the Temple
Dr. Kevin Vost is a very smart guy. As it happens, he’s also a faithful guy, and a fit guy. And that’s not all, he’s also a gracious guy. I like him. No, he’s not paying me for this. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Vost when he was a guest on The Journey Home Show. He is also... [Read more...]The Debt Ripple Effect
The headline jumped out at me: “Fed official says tax code provides incentives to carry debt.” For the past several years, the topic of debt has become increasingly important, for individuals, organizations, even nations. That headline got me thinking… regardless of the incentives, how should Catholics... [Read more...]The Toughest Way to Be a Christian
Back in my college days, I had a good friend who liked to give me a hard time. One day he was on a roll, and said something that made me really mad. “You know, accounting is the toughest business major. You probably couldn’t handle it, though.” Want to guess what his major was? At the... [Read more...]God’s on the Phone
Among the many cool people I have been privileged to meet over the past few years is a guy named Regis Flaherty. I will always be in Rege’s debt, for a simple reason: he bailed me out in a big way last year. My local Legatus chapter had a cancellation, and as “Program Chair” I was responsible... [Read more...]What Humility, What Joy!
When I was a kid growing up in Canada, I learned that the best way to become a better hockey player was to play with kids who were better than me. The same principle applies to our spiritual lives. Today I had a singular privilege – Kathi and I, along with five of our kids, visited the Children... [Read more...]What a Work Ethic!
Every now and again, one of my kids does something that really impresses me. That’s not to say my kids are slouches or anything – they are all wonderful gifts, each one with a unique personality and his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Most of the weaknesses were inherited from me, I... [Read more...]Workplace Evangelization: 3 Ways to Shock Your Co-Workers
It’s a tough time to be Catholic in the workplace. However, with hardship always comes opportunity. Although some are critical of the Church’s consistent teaching on faith and morals, others are discovering the depth and beauty of Catholicism every day. At the same time, workplace regulations... [Read more...]Crazy Busy? Try This…
Last night, I came home from work and my head was spinning. My long to-do list was orbiting in front of my eyes like the rings around the planet Saturn. I was completely absorbed in work-related thoughts all the way home and even through dinner. I am ashamed to admit that I was hoping to get right back... [Read more...]