If you’ve ever visited this humble blog in the past, chances are pretty good that you know I’m a fan of the late Fr. Ray Ryland. He was my friend, mentor, and spiritual director for many years, and among the heroes of my life. You probably also know that since Fr. Ray’s passing, my dad compiled hundreds of Fr. Ray’s responses... [Read more...]Stop Evangelizing Me!
As a kid, it always bugged me when someone was a little too sure about the state of their eternal salvation – and mine. I heard things like, “You haven’t prayed in tongues yet? Be careful when you cross the street…” or “All you need to do is say a little prayer in your heart, and you’re saved!” One way was too hard, another too easy... [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...]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...]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...]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...]Faith, Work, and The Journey Home
I asked my thirteen year old daughter to write this post for me. She wanted to write about herself – a great subject, to be sure, but not the one I had requested. So I kept the computer. All she has is a tiny little iPod, not to mention strands of blue hair (“Dad, they’re just extensions”) so I’ll write the post, and she... [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...]The God Who is Love
If I had to describe Shane Kapler‘s book, The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center, in one word, it would be “insightful.” Of course, this is no surprise, given how I was introduced to Shane in the first place. Have you ever noticed how cool people (or smart people, as the case may be) tend to hang out together?... [Read more...]Why Did You Convert?
My long-time friend (and now boss) Marcus Grodi is known for being a Protestant minister who did the unthinkable when he converted to Catholicism. He’s in good company. Even before Patrick Madrid’s classic book Surprised by Truth (a compilation of Protestant clergy conversion stories) hit the market, the ranks of former non-Catholic clergy coming... [Read more...]