CultureFrom Addiction to Hope – Part II
Mother Elvira My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) “Your son’s addiction will become a blessing to your family.” I didn’t buy it at the time, of course. I have a vague recollection of staring back at this sympathetic Deacon,... [Read more...]From Addiction to Hope
Mother Elvira Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given... [Read more...]Verbal Jabs, Sarcastic Comments, and Accusations
From time to time, adjustments are needed in the way we communicate with others. I recall a phase a few years back (when all eight of our kids lived at home) when there was a lot of bickering going on among family members. All of us. Verbal jabs, sarcastic comments, and accusations had somehow become... [Read more...]Catholic Q&A Wins International Award
If you’ve ever visited this humble blog in the past, chances are pretty good that you know I’m a fan of the late Fr. Ray Ryland. He was my friend, mentor, and spiritual director for many years, and among the heroes of my life. You probably also know that since Fr. Ray’s passing, my... [Read more...]Evangelize – or Proselytize?
Conversion is hard. It also takes a long time. How many people do you know who have just woken up one day and decided to change their religion, political affiliation, or even favorite football team? I can’t think of anyone. These changes do happen sometimes, but they usually result from a long... [Read more...]Saintly Politicians?
I’ve heard lots of commentaries recently by people who are utterly infuriated with politicians. Now, this blog isn’t generally concerned with politics, but I ran across a priceless reflection this week that seems perfectly suited for the times in which we live. As regular visitors to gratefulconvert.com... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 3
Continued from Part 2… here are more ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace. Joy in Tribulations One of my favorite stories in scripture is in Acts chapter 5. The apostles are hauled in front of the Sanhedrin, accused of preaching the gospel. For their troubles, they were... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 2
Continued from Part 1… here are a few ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace. Be a Friend I worked with a guy several years ago named Stan, who had grown up Christian but abandoned his faith in favor of Buddhism. It was a bit of an odd relationship. Stan delighted in giving... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 1
My wife’s cell phone was just about dead. She really didn’t want a new one, but the battery wouldn’t hold a charge, and it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to call her mom, text our older kids, and perhaps most important – receive calls from her loving husband. That’s why we recently... [Read more...]You Want to Convert Me?
I’m a grateful convert, but no one converted me. You may have read about Pope Francis and his recent dialogue with atheist Eugenio Scalfari, founder of La Repubblica. In the published article, the Pope and Mr. Scalfari exchanged comments about whether they would attempt to convert one another.... [Read more...]