Imagine for a moment that you had taken the most extraordinary, unlikely journey – one you never anticipated and still can’t believe actually happened. Now imagine you wanted to write a book describing the experience… how would you begin? Here’s what I would write. Here’s something I believe: If Catholicism is true, then... [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...]Saintly Politicians?
I’ve heard lots of commentaries recently by people who are utterly infuriated with politicians. Now, this blog isn’t generally concerned with politics, but I ran across a priceless reflection this week that seems perfectly suited for the times in which we live. As regular visitors to gratefulconvert.com know, the late Fr. Ray Ryland was... [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...]“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...]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...]Faith at Work Has Arrived!
What a surprise! Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck has arrived! Yes, way ahead of schedule. I’m shocked, thrilled – and completely unprepared. The purpose of this book is to help Christians become better workers, and workers become better Christians. Our everyday work is one of the greatest opportunities we have for growing... [Read more...]Marketing, Mentors, and Great Catholic Books
See this guy to the left? Yep, his name is Brandon Vogt. Catholic convert, author, blogger extraordinaire, and flat-out talented dude. Young (25 years old), smart and articulate. His first book, The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet is awesome, and well worth reading. In fact, I have an extra copy of his... [Read more...]Tending the Temple
Dr. Kevin Vost is a very smart guy. As it happens, he’s also a faithful guy, and a fit guy. And that’s not all, he’s also a gracious guy. I like him. No, he’s not paying me for this. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Vost when he was a guest on The Journey Home Show. He is also a regular on The Sonrise Morning Show on EWTN radio,... [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...]