From time to time, adjustments are needed in the way we communicate with others. I recall a phase a few years back (when all eight of our kids lived at home) when there was a lot of bickering going on among family members. All of us. Verbal jabs, sarcastic comments, and accusations had somehow become routine forms of communication. But wait, my wife... [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...]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...]Lives of Caring
It’s been 10 years since 9/11. The day that changed everything, and everyone who watched replay after replay of airplanes flying into buildings. But how have we changed for the better? Consider just one quality: are we more caring for others? As America prepares to remember the fallen, each of us hearkens back to our own experience of the event. For... [Read more...]Remembering 9/11 – on 9/12
Today’s guest post was written by my Dad ten years ago, just 24 hours after the first aircraft struck the World Trade Center. It still resonates, and is presented here in honor of the victims whose lives were lost on that tragic day. Terror versus Care: A message to terrorists I have never seen the face of God. But in the darkness I reached out... [Read more...]