“Books Change Our Lives”

Matthew Kelly inscribed a book for my son Daniel with the words “Books change lives” a few years back. The hard cover edition of Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star just resurfaced yesterday, and I was again struck by his words. I think he’s right. In my efforts to get up-to-date on book reviews, here... [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...]

A Powerful Legacy

A few years ago, I attended a Rite of Election along with a friend of mine who was coming into the Church that Easter. Our Bishop presided over the ceremony, and asked how many people were there because of books they had read. A couple hands went up. “What about something you heard on the radio, or saw on television?” he asked. Another couple hands... [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...]

Should Catholics Evangelize at Work?

“My friend, I have a challenge for you: it’s time you took your faith seriously.” So ended a conversation with Tim, an evangelical co-worker, many years ago. His parting comment rang in my ears for a long time afterward. Tim meant well, but what really concerned him was my rumored interest in the Catholic Church. Unfortunately (for Tim at least),... [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...]

How Are Things At Work?

“How are things at work?” I’ve asked this question of friends countless times, usually with a sympathetic grin. It’s a question that acknowledges the fact that work is fraught with difficulties. Perhaps an ongoing disagreement with the boss or a coworker. Insufficient hours in the workday. Fear of being downsized. The tough part about... [Read more...]

My Uncle Wins an Academy Award – and Dies

My uncle, John D. Lowry, was scheduled to receive an Academy Award for his work in digital film restoration on February 11, 2012. He died on January 21, 2012. As a kid, I was always impressed with my uncle, aunt, and cousins David and Julia. They were all extremely gracious – and bright. The entire family had an entrepreneurial streak. Back in the... [Read more...]

Give It Up for Sacred Heart Radio!

One of the best parts of working at The Coming Home Network International is having the opportunity to meet terrific people when they appear as guests on The Journey Home program. Last year, one of those people was the producer of the Sonrise Morning Show heard on EWTN radio, Matt Swaim. I remember being impressed immediately. Matt is young, articulate,... [Read more...]

Are You a Team Player?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if we truly applied our faith to every aspect of our lives? Take work, for example. Most of us do something every day that could be characterized as work, regardless of whether we collect a paycheck for our efforts or not. Full time Moms, for example, work as hard as any of us – and certainly deserve our... [Read more...]

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