My long-time friend (and now boss) Marcus Grodi is known for being a Protestant minister who did the unthinkable when he converted to Catholicism. He’s in good company. Even before Patrick Madrid’s classic book Surprised by Truth (a compilation of Protestant clergy conversion stories) hit the market, the ranks of former non-Catholic clergy coming... [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...]God’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 for getting a replacement, and fast. As... [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 of Mary religious community near Newark, Ohio. What... [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 suspect. Yes, my wife Kathi reads these posts. Anyway,... [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 and policies designed to treat all people with... [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 to work afterwards, but that’s not what happened. Instead,... [Read more...]Gratitude for Groceries
This may sound ridiculous, but one of the most satisfying experiences in my life is shopping for groceries. This morning, I woke up early. Kathi and I had a very nice anniversary yesterday, complete with dinner, a movie, and strolling around Easton Town Center near Columbus. Unfortunately, this morning she had a migraine (please pray for her) so I decided... [Read more...]Lives of Caring
It’s been 10 years since 9/11. The day that changed everything, and everyone who watched replay after replay of airplanes flying into buildings. But how have we changed for the better? Consider just one quality: are we more caring for others? As America prepares to remember the fallen, each of us hearkens back to our own experience of the event. For... [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 cookies. But that was all about to change. Of the... [Read more...]