ConversionGod’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...]Pulchritude in Women
Some of the most beautiful women I know are over 80. An odd confluence of circumstances led me to this conclusion. First, I went to a funeral this weekend. My college roommate’s Dad passed away at the age of 87. Although I only saw him a handful of times over the course of many years, he was a... [Read more...]The Secret of Successful Teams – Humility
At Home “We’re taking over!” My eight year old son David stood in the kitchen gloating, with arms stretched out in jubilation. For years, he and his younger siblings had played second fiddle to the older kids. They had gone to bed earlier. They had waited for the bathroom. They had eaten fewer... [Read more...]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...]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...]