The Love of a Parent

I love my kids. Being a parent is a wonderful gift, even though I sometimes joke that I’m not ready for children. But ready or not, they’re here, all eight of them – from 21 years old down to 4. I have often marveled at the mathematical improbability of having eight children who all seem to be... [Read more...]

Recovering Faith

I love a good story. One of the things I appreciate most about having my conversion story included in Patrick Madrid’s Surprised by Truth 2 is that it’s such a compelling book. I pick it up every year or two and re-read it, because the stories always resonate and provide inspiration. That’s... [Read more...]

He’s A Nice Priest!

Yesterday, I was preparing to lector at our parish and receiving some last-minute instructions from my friend Martha, lector extraordinaire. In walked Msgr. Anthony Borrelli, the celebrant of the Mass. “Which one of you knows the most about computers?” he asked. Martha and I promptly pointed... [Read more...]

The Purpose Driven Blog

Why Another Blog, Anyway? As a newcomer to the world of social media, I had to decide on the purpose of my blog and web site. It struck me today, while jogging on the treadmill, that this purpose might not be self-evident. As you might expect from the site name, my motivation is one of gratitude. And... [Read more...]

What’s The Name Of That Book?

Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint This morning, my acquisition editor/legendary writer/all-around great guy Dr. Bert Ghezzi shot me an email. Much to my delight, the team at Our Sunday Visitor just agreed on the title for my first book, due for release March 1, 2012. It’s going... [Read more...]

Role Models

I have known Chuck and Jo Ann Wilson for years now, and am constantly grateful to have them as role models in my life. Fellow members of Legatus (Chuck is President of our chapter this year), they have a good marriage, raised four terrific kids – one a priest in our diocese – and have an... [Read more...]

From Atheism to Catholicism

For those who are philosophically minded, I can’t help but recommend a book by my friend Dr. Kevin Vost. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Vost when he visited The Coming Home Network recently to be a guest on The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. Dr. Vost, a regular guest on The Sonrise Morning... [Read more...]

The Godless Delusion

My last blog post on Neil Peart got me thinking – I sure wish Neil’s reading list included a few books by Patrick Madrid. Pat has been a friend for many years, and will always have my gratitude for publishing my conversion story in his book Surprised by Truth 2. So just in case Neil happens... [Read more...]

I Confess

Appreciating the Church Yesterday, I decided to go to confession at our local parish, and wanted to take a few of the kids. “OK, who wants to go to confession?” I asked. My eight year old son David’s response – “Confession? Good, I need that.” Amen, kiddo. As a convert... [Read more...]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Patience My wife Kathi and I had the breathtaking lack of foresight and basic math skills to discover one day, much to our horror, that we were living with four teenagers. Simultaneously. Add to that our four younger ones, waiting in the wings with smirks on their faces. Divine payback is rough. Influencing... [Read more...]

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