Mother Elvira My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) “Your son’s addiction will become a blessing to your family.” I didn’t buy it at the time, of course. I have a vague recollection of staring back at this sympathetic Deacon, mouth agape, utterly confounded by his words.... [Read more...]From Addiction to Hope
Mother Elvira Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5) Call 911! A loud thud startled... [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...]Praying for Prodigals
You meet the nicest people while blogging. A great example of this happened just recently. After posting the last installment of my Workplace Witnesses article, I received a very gracious note from a reader who said she liked the section on freewill. She offered to send me her book that deals, among other things, with this topic. I wrote back, and offered... [Read more...]Home for a Hermit
This is Brother Rex Anthony Norris, or Br. Rex for short. He’s a hermit. Yes, a real, live hermit. So what does a hermit do? Well, suffice it to say that what is referred to as the eremitic life is a vocation, and has to do with what the Church calls assiduous prayer. He prays. A lot. Br. Rex is something of a walking contradiction. You might reasonably... [Read more...]Father Dwight
Blogger and author priest Father Dwight Longenecker is a veritable fountain of spiritual wisdom. Father has a new, weekly free newsletter offering practical help for the Catholic life. It’s part of an initiative for the Year of Faith, called FaithWorks! Articles can be found on subjects such as prayer, forgiveness, worship and authentic Catholic... [Read more...]Hangin’ With A Hermit
The Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville (my alma mater) is a highlight of the year. Fabulous speakers. Cool people everywhere. Tons of priests available for confession. The Portiuncula Chapel indulgence. What can be better? Hangin’ with a hermit at Defending the Faith. Meet Brother Rex, my good friend, and a... [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...]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...]What To Do When There’s Nothing Left To Do
In so many aspects of our daily lives, our roles entail doing things. For example, as a guy, I’m hardwired to work in order to provide for my family. I have goals to achieve, emails to answer, action items to accomplish, clients to serve. I prioritize, plan, work, and pray like crazy. Every day. If there’s a need, or a problem, I’m on it. I’ll... [Read more...]