Conversion

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...]

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...]

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...]

Faith at Work

Among the items on my gratitude list this past week: the manuscript for my first book, “Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint” was approved by Bert Ghezzi. Thank you Bert! Of course, there’s still a long road before the book’s release in March of 2012. One of the... [Read more...]

Excuse You!

Kathi and I watched “Of Gods and Men” recently on DVD, and thought it was fabulous. It’s the story of several Trappist monks who struggle for peace and unity in the face of very real danger. One scene in particular stuck with me. With pressure mounting and tempers flaring, two of the... [Read more...]

Foreign Inspiration

One of the reasons I’m a grateful convert is through the inspiration of others who have responded to the gospel message in wonderful ways. An example is Ann Voskamp, an advocate for Compassion and fellow Canadian. Ann is from a non-denominational tradition, although she believes in the Nicene and... [Read more...]

Which Came First, The Leader or the Followers?

Leadership. We hear the word everywhere these days. It seems like every time we turn around, another seminar, book or webcast is promising to help us become better leaders. Leadership development opportunities abound, and for good reason. By learning the principles and examples of great leaders, we internalize... [Read more...]

Intro to “Busyness”

I don’t remember much of 1992. At the time, I was a young husband and father. My wife Kathi and I had two young boys, the first born in 1990, the second in 1991. The boys were a source of great joy, and great exhaustion – as any parent with young children will attest. Then, not so many months later,... [Read more...]

The JPII Multiplier Effect

Blessed Pope John Paul II is one of the reasons I’m Catholic today. And I’m in good company. In early 1990, my Dad had an opportunity to visit the Vatican and stay for a week. As a hobby, he had developed a computerized Bible that was searchable and could be used for biblical study and research.... [Read more...]

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