Verbal Jabs, Sarcastic Comments, and Accusations

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...]

Catholic Q&A Wins International Award

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...]

Building Character(s)

Among the greatest privileges of fatherhood is watching your kids grow into really cool young adults. With that in mind, I’m going to provide a little demonstration, courtesy of my daughter… with a guest post. Meet Mia, unedited. Sorry for Spilling the Beans (Based on a true story) Ouch. A friend just said something that really stung. To... [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...]

Thank You, Fr. Ray

I first met Fr. Ray Ryland over twenty years ago. As a new Catholic, perhaps the most striking thing at the time was also being introduced to his wife Ruth. He’s married? And a Catholic priest? How can that be? Boy, did I have a lot to learn. There was this thing called the pastoral provision, and it enabled certain non-Catholic clergy who came... [Read more...]

You Want to Convert Me?

I’m a grateful convert, but no one converted me. You may have read about Pope Francis and his recent dialogue with atheist Eugenio Scalfari, founder of La Repubblica. In the published article, the Pope and Mr. Scalfari exchanged comments about whether they would attempt to convert one another. The Pope’s comments on the matter were decisive: Proselytism... [Read more...]

Baby Steps to Humility

The other day, I was driving home from work and pulled up alongside a pickup truck at a red light. A woman was driving, accompanied by a couple guys in the cab. Nothing unusual, right? Moments later, the light turned green, and I gave my car a little extra gas, since I needed to make a left turn shortly down the road. Much to my surprise, the pickup... [Read more...]

Something More: An Interview with Randy Hain

In a spirit of full disclosure, I am a Randy Hain fan. As a friend, he has been the source of unfailing encouragement, fellowship, and wisdom. Yet there are many dimensions to the man… Randy is a husband, father, writer, speaker, business leader, and much more. His third book, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life... [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Speak Positively about your Spouse at Work

“Sorry, I can’t do it tonight. The old ball and chain gets ticked off if I’m out late.” How many times have we heard derogatory comments like this about spouses in the workplace? Even worse, snide remarks can give way to all-out whining: “My husband is such a jerk sometimes” or “My wife completely lost interest in me after we began having... [Read more...]

The Power of Encouragement

The other day, I was jogging on the treadmill, thinking. It’s one of my favorite places to think. On this particular day, much of the thinking was skewing in a negative direction. As a counter-measure, it struck me that I should instead try to think of happy memories. That’s when it happened. Like a lightning bolt, my aging brain produced... [Read more...]

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