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 routine forms of communication. But wait, my wife... [Read more...]The Pain of Conversion
Did you experience the loss of friends and family due to your conversion? If you did, how did you get through the grief and loss? Thanks. The question, from a new Facebook friend, cut me to the heart. As I ponder his words, a rush of memories and emotions flood my mind. The answer to his first question, I assure him, is yes. But do I have any answers... [Read more...]Stop Evangelizing Me!
As a kid, it always bugged me when someone was a little too sure about the state of their eternal salvation – and mine. I heard things like, “You haven’t prayed in tongues yet? Be careful when you cross the street…” or “All you need to do is say a little prayer in your heart, and you’re saved!” One way was too hard, another too easy... [Read more...]Faith, Work, and The Journey Home
I asked my thirteen year old daughter to write this post for me. She wanted to write about herself – a great subject, to be sure, but not the one I had requested. So I kept the computer. All she has is a tiny little iPod, not to mention strands of blue hair (“Dad, they’re just extensions”) so I’ll write the post, and she... [Read more...]This Lent, Why Not Be More Faithful at Work?
My head was spinning. There I was, again, driving down the highway after a long day’s work. It was after nine o’clock at night, and I couldn’t shake the feeling of hopelessness. No matter how hard I tried, it seemed that I wasn’t spending enough time at work – or at home – to be successful. Of course, it wasn’t just work and home. I had... [Read more...]Words of Encouragement
“I like you.” This is the first thing I heard when I picked up the phone the other day. It was a college friend of mine, Chip, using a line that has been a running joke with us for many years. As it happened, I had experienced a challenging day when he called, and our conversation was a much-needed source of encouragement. Despite the difficulties... [Read more...]What To Do When There’s Nothing Left To Do
In so many aspects of our daily lives, our roles entail doing things. For example, as a guy, I’m hardwired to work in order to provide for my family. I have goals to achieve, emails to answer, action items to accomplish, clients to serve. I prioritize, plan, work, and pray like crazy. Every day. If there’s a need, or a problem, I’m on it. I’ll... [Read more...]Wanted
My eight year old son David is a spirited, ebullient, goofy kid. You may not be able to see it in the picture, but the sign he’s holding up says “Wanted.” There’s more truth in that than he knows. His life is a testament to the fact that Christian gratitude poses an enormous challenge. The fact that he’s here at all is... [Read more...]The Toughest Way to Be a Christian
Back in my college days, I had a good friend who liked to give me a hard time. One day he was on a roll, and said something that made me really mad. “You know, accounting is the toughest business major. You probably couldn’t handle it, though.” Want to guess what his major was? At the time, I was a business management major, following... [Read more...]Dan Needs a Job!
This is my friend Dan Lord. No, he’s not in pain, he just needs a job to support his wife and five kids. Fast. Dan was referred to me by my friend Randy Hain at The Integrated Catholic Life, an outstanding website. Randy is a professional recruiter, and knows that part of the job search game is numbers. It’s important to get a candidate... [Read more...]