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...]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 Only Millionaires Be Parents?
A friend of mine and his wife were expecting their sixth child. A young couple had come to visit them from out of town, and were amazed at my friend’s willingness to have yet another child despite modest means and a small home. The husband told my friend – with an earnest look on his face – that they couldn’t even imagine having... [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...]The Gratitude List – 2011 (Including Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll!)
As a grateful convert, I’d like to offer a short and completely non-exhaustive list of things and people on my gratitude list for the past year, in no particular order: 1. The marital act. That’s right kids, sex between your parents and blessed by God is the way you came into being. It’s a beautiful thing – and cheap imitations... [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...]Show Me Eyes!
The tooth fairy in our region is such a slacker. My ten year old son Joseph came to me the other night, sad-eyed and wistful. “My tooth has been under my pillow for a week and a half!” he said mournfully. “Well, I didn’t text the tooth fairy, Joe. You have to let me know.” “Dad, I did.” Oops. No sooner were... [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...]