We all know that having more stuff doesn’t make people happy. I don’t know about you, but there are a few people on my Christmas list who don’t even want more stuff – they have everything they need, and it’s almost impossible to buy anything meaningful for them. Of course, there are also a couple who want lots of stuff... [Read more...]Our Sunday Visitor – Beacon of Hope
One of the great joys of my life is serving on the Board of Directors for Our Sunday Visitor (OSV). On Friday, September 28, 2012, an extraordinary event unfolded in Ft. Wayne, IN commemorating the centennial for the publishing company established by Archbishop John F. Noll. A symposium began the celebration, with speakers Cardinal Francis George (please... [Read more...]Applied Leadership
My MBA was in “Applied Leadership.” It took an enormous amount of time and sacrifice to complete, yet I’m still not sure that I could provide a concise definition of exactly what “applied leadership” means. Thankfully, I know it when I see it. One of the most head-spinning times in my life was right around my 40th birthday.... [Read more...]Vocation of the Business Leader
What does the faith have to do with business? According to many people I’ve encountered, the answer is: nothing. Thankfully, not everyone thinks that’s true. Recently, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a new resource entitled Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection. It’s well worth reading. Consider the following... [Read more...]Free Rosaries for Everyone!
I think the rosary is one of the coolest devotions ever. In fact, the rosary is so cool, I recommend it for everyone. Praying the rosary was a decisive tipping point in my conversion to Catholicism. Some guy named Scott Hahn gave me my first rosary – and get this – it was FREE. Or at least, I didn’t pay for it. Maybe Scott did, I don’t... [Read more...]What the – Hell?
I had a really weird dream the other night. You know, the sort of puzzling, surreal, yet completely vivid dream that leaves you scratching your head the next day. It completely freaked me out. I was in hell. Now, here’s where it gets surreal (well, admittedly, the whole thing was surreal). When I “came to” in the dream, I was alone,... [Read more...]10 Ways for Men to Increase Family-Work Balance
My wife got run off the road today. Some guy was in a big hurry and didn’t like the fact that Kathi had slowed down to merge onto the highway behind a school bus full of children. So he accelerated from behind her car, and drove up beside her, forcing her onto the berm. After almost causing multiple accidents, he weaved his way around further impediments... [Read more...]Catholic Family Fun: A Book Review
Sarah Reinhard is a genius. When she approached me about reading her new book, Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless, I thought, “Wow, she wrote a book just for me. I’m clueless.” Yes, I’m a husband and father of eight kids. But family fun doesn’t always come naturally – even (or perhaps especially)... [Read more...]Treating Others with Dignity
One alarming trend seen in many workplaces today is that of treating others poorly. It’s nothing new, of course. Yet don’t we all behave differently when we’re under pressure? And isn’t there plenty of pressure to go around these days? I’ve been doing a series of “Faith at Work minutes” with the good folks at... [Read more...]Kathleen Sebelius, Faith and Work
Kathleen Sebelius is undoubtedly a gifted, politically savvy, and extremely smart individual. As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), she leads a vast organization. She’s considered one of the most powerful women in the United States, and there’s widespread speculation about her bright political future. But… She’s... [Read more...]