Holy people are made, not born. Such is the case with a woman I am privileged to count as a friend, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. I first met Donna-Marie when I was but a lowly, first-time author with absolutely no idea how to promote my new book Faith at Work. Donna-Marie’s gracious intercession and encouragement during this time period was, and... [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...]Catholic Mom’s Café
I admit it: I was a little reluctant about this book review. The problem is, I’m not a mom. What can I possibly say about a book that targets mothers? It’s not like I have any experience with the subject matter. I’m a guy. So my experience is 100% vicarious. Actual experience, 0%. When I received the review copy in the mail, I didn’t even... [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...]“Books Change Our Lives”
Matthew Kelly inscribed a book for my son Daniel with the words “Books change lives” a few years back. The hard cover edition of Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star just resurfaced yesterday, and I was again struck by his words. I think he’s right. In my efforts to get up-to-date on book reviews, here... [Read more...]A Powerful Legacy
A few years ago, I attended a Rite of Election along with a friend of mine who was coming into the Church that Easter. Our Bishop presided over the ceremony, and asked how many people were there because of books they had read. A couple hands went up. “What about something you heard on the radio, or saw on television?” he asked. Another couple hands... [Read more...]Show Me Eyes!
The tooth fairy in our region is such a slacker. My ten year old son Joseph came to me the other night, sad-eyed and wistful. “My tooth has been under my pillow for a week and a half!” he said mournfully. “Well, I didn’t text the tooth fairy, Joe. You have to let me know.” “Dad, I did.” Oops. No sooner were... [Read more...]Pulchritude in Women
Some of the most beautiful women I know are over 80. An odd confluence of circumstances led me to this conclusion. First, I went to a funeral this weekend. My college roommate’s Dad passed away at the age of 87. Although I only saw him a handful of times over the course of many years, he was a true character. At age 80, he had a number of professional... [Read more...]