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...]Catholic Q&A
Do you ever have questions about the Catholic faith? Chances are, those questions are in this book – along with succinct, witty, and deeply insightful answers. If you didn’t know him during his 93 year sojourn on earth, allow me the privilege of introducing you to a giant of our times – Fr. Ray Ryland. Fr. Ray was a dear friend,... [Read more...]Building Character(s)
Among the greatest privileges of fatherhood is watching your kids grow into really cool young adults. With that in mind, I’m going to provide a little demonstration, courtesy of my daughter… with a guest post. Meet Mia, unedited. Sorry for Spilling the Beans (Based on a true story) Ouch. A friend just said something that really stung. To... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 3
Continued from Part 2… here are more ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace. Joy in Tribulations One of my favorite stories in scripture is in Acts chapter 5. The apostles are hauled in front of the Sanhedrin, accused of preaching the gospel. For their troubles, they were flogged. Flogged! Then scripture tells us the most... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 2
Continued from Part 1… here are a few ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace. Be a Friend I worked with a guy several years ago named Stan, who had grown up Christian but abandoned his faith in favor of Buddhism. It was a bit of an odd relationship. Stan delighted in giving me a hard time about being Catholic, and we had... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 1
My wife’s cell phone was just about dead. She really didn’t want a new one, but the battery wouldn’t hold a charge, and it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to call her mom, text our older kids, and perhaps most important – receive calls from her loving husband. That’s why we recently found ourselves reluctantly trudging into the... [Read more...]Grateful Fathers
Among the privileges of my life is knowing many good men, and among them some remarkable fathers. One unifying theme springs to mind that unites the great dads: gratitude. Good fathers are grateful for their children. They know that that despite – and maybe because of – the challenges of fatherhood, there is a tremendous opportunity to positively... [Read more...]Thank You, Fr. Ray
I first met Fr. Ray Ryland over twenty years ago. As a new Catholic, perhaps the most striking thing at the time was also being introduced to his wife Ruth. He’s married? And a Catholic priest? How can that be? Boy, did I have a lot to learn. There was this thing called the pastoral provision, and it enabled certain non-Catholic clergy who came... [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...]