A Grateful Convert BlogThe Power of Encouragement
The other day, I was jogging on the treadmill, thinking. It’s one of my favorite places to think. On this particular day, much of the thinking was skewing in a negative direction. As a counter-measure, it struck me that I should instead try to think of happy memories. That’s when it happened. Like... [Read more...]Along the Way – An Interview with Randy Hain
Among the countless joys of working with The Coming Home Network is meeting the many wonderful guests on the Journey Home program. In certain blessed cases, these individuals have become good friends – among them, Randy Hain. I first came to know Randy through our mutual friend Tom Peterson of... [Read more...]Looking for a Great Christmas Gift?
We all know that having more stuff doesn’t make people happy. I don’t know about you, but there are a few people on my Christmas list who don’t even want more stuff – they have everything they need, and it’s almost impossible to buy anything meaningful for them. Of course,... [Read more...]Father Dwight
Blogger and author priest Father Dwight Longenecker is a veritable fountain of spiritual wisdom. Father has a new, weekly free newsletter offering practical help for the Catholic life. It’s part of an initiative for the Year of Faith, called FaithWorks! Articles can be found on subjects such as... [Read more...]Our Sunday Visitor – Beacon of Hope
One of the great joys of my life is serving on the Board of Directors for Our Sunday Visitor (OSV). On Friday, September 28, 2012, an extraordinary event unfolded in Ft. Wayne, IN commemorating the centennial for the publishing company established by Archbishop John F. Noll. A symposium began the celebration,... [Read more...]Applied Leadership
My MBA was in “Applied Leadership.” It took an enormous amount of time and sacrifice to complete, yet I’m still not sure that I could provide a concise definition of exactly what “applied leadership” means. Thankfully, I know it when I see it. One of the most head-spinning... [Read more...]Vocation of the Business Leader
What does the faith have to do with business? According to many people I’ve encountered, the answer is: nothing. Thankfully, not everyone thinks that’s true. Recently, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a new resource entitled Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection.... [Read more...]Hangin’ With A Hermit
The Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville (my alma mater) is a highlight of the year. Fabulous speakers. Cool people everywhere. Tons of priests available for confession. The Portiuncula Chapel indulgence. What can be better? Hangin’ with a hermit at Defending... [Read more...]Are You Goal Oriented?
Have you ever been so focused on achieving your goals that you’ve run people over in the process? I sure have. In today’s workplaces, it’s more important than ever to meet our goals, and we’re under lots of pressure to be productive and efficient. Unfortunately, this can cause plenty of interpersonal... [Read more...]Free Rosaries for Everyone!
I think the rosary is one of the coolest devotions ever. In fact, the rosary is so cool, I recommend it for everyone. Praying the rosary was a decisive tipping point in my conversion to Catholicism. Some guy named Scott Hahn gave me my first rosary – and get this – it was FREE. Or at least,... [Read more...]