A Grateful Convert Blog

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...]

Reasons to be Grateful

The Pope doesn’t take advice from Alec Baldwin I love being Catholic. There are so many reasons to be grateful, I hardly know where to begin. But one jumped out at me yesterday. “Anthony Weiner is a Modern Human Being” screamed the headline. Or so says actor Alec Baldwin in a recent Huffington... [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...]


Respecting – and praying for – non-believers I grew up in southern Ontario (Canada), and lived in a couple small towns for several years before moving to Willowdale on the north side of Toronto. Willowdale, or North York as it’s now called, is home to the Canadian rock trio Rush. Part of my misspent... [Read more...]

Financial Faithfulness

The Joy of Budgeting – Really! There’s an old saying, “when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Unfortunately, there is ample evidence all around us that many folks are struggling with money these days. Maybe this is an opportunity to do a bit of planning! Of course, there are those who are... [Read more...]


Mike Aquilina is one of my favorite authors. Well, in a spirit of full disclosure, he’s also one of my favorite people. Mike has been a good friend for many years, and encouraged me to begin writing a long time ago. He is one of those people who seems to know everybody… in fact, there’s... [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...]

Daily Dissonance

Taking Small Steps Towards Sanctity I believe. In fact, it’s one of those things I don’t consider often anymore. I made up my mind long ago, after a long and arduous journey, to put all my chips in the corner of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. There’s no question in my mind when I recite... [Read more...]

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