One of the great privileges of my life is knowing many good people. In fact, it would be difficult to overstate the impact of these family members, friends, and acquaintances on my journey through life – and who I have become. As anyone who has read my conversion story or my latest book knows, the greatest gift I have been given is my unwitting... [Read more...]The Pain of Conversion
Did you experience the loss of friends and family due to your conversion? If you did, how did you get through the grief and loss? Thanks. The question, from a new Facebook friend, cut me to the heart. As I ponder his words, a rush of memories and emotions flood my mind. The answer to his first question, I assure him, is yes. But do I have any answers... [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...]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...]Looking for a Great Christmas Gift?
We all know that having more stuff doesn’t make people happy. I don’t know about you, but there are a few people on my Christmas list who don’t even want more stuff – they have everything they need, and it’s almost impossible to buy anything meaningful for them. Of course, there are also a couple who want lots of stuff... [Read more...]10 Ways for Men to Increase Family-Work Balance
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...]Kathleen Sebelius, Faith and Work
Kathleen Sebelius is undoubtedly a gifted, politically savvy, and extremely smart individual. As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), she leads a vast organization. She’s considered one of the most powerful women in the United States, and there’s widespread speculation about her bright political future. But… She’s... [Read more...]