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October 30, 2019

A man walks down the main street of a traditional American town. He sees a pharmacy, a bank, a few restaurants, a police office and a church. Does it occur to him that a grand history of ideas has come together in the place that is right before his eyes? Or does he just see it all working together by chance? 

We could go into deeper detail abou...

March 5, 2017

It's a Friday evening and Tim has just finished work. On his way home he decides to go a half hour out of his way to check out a Catholic young adult group a friend  told him about that allegedly meets every Friday night at 7:30. Like many things in his hectic life, he only decided to go last minute. When he arrives at the church at 7:30, he's disa...

December 22, 2016

Listening to the carol and watching the classic movie this season was different for me this year.  It’s always been a fun story I’ve enjoyed in its traditional forms, yet some concepts that had tickled the back of my mind for the past few years really rose to the surface due to the timing and prevalence of certain circumstances of this particular j...

November 12, 2016

As human beings, we are conditioned to be selfish. To demonstrate express interest in oneself is part of our survival instinct. Spending our attention focused on ourselves allows us to become aware of our own needs. When we feel sick, hungry, sleepy—we notice these needs and care for ourselves accordingly. And it keeps us alive.

I have known people...

Last week I wrote about being stuck in a rut, and the importance of keeping your eyes fixed on God to get you through your problems.

But what about relational problems? You know, the ones that involve other people?  I’ve caught myself getting extremely frustrated and giving up on my “problems”, because some of them simply seem unsolvable. That perso...

Sometimes life seems overwhelming. Our problems loom over us, tempting us into a rut, wallowing in self-concern. 

Yet for all that our struggles seem gigantic, if we truly call ourselves Christians, is not God bigger than any mountain in front of us? Indeed, Jesus said if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20...

June 16, 2016

Have you ever noticed how people like to plan just about everything? I mean everything from what we’re going to do for a career to where we’re going on vacation next year; it all hinges upon our plans.  Even things we know are out of our control, like the weather and sports scores, are fair game when it comes to harmonizing our will with the future...

May 2, 2016

It’s almost Mother’s day, and soon time to plant the vegetable garden! I believe gardening is good for the soul. It’s been man’s work since the beginning of time (Gen 2:15), and something about seeing the fruits of our efforts of physical labor is incredibly satisfying.

 

Waiting and watching plants grow is truly an exercise in patience. As one of my...

March 10, 2016

I cannot speak for all millennials when it comes to specific beliefs and lifestyles, but I can speak of three pretty universal desires that all young adults have. We seek originality, authenticity and an identity. In a society where most of us have our basic needs met, these three quests can explain just about everything young adults do. Everything...

March 4, 2016

This Lent, I have been reflecting upon the 40 days of fasting that Our Lord did, as well as the Sorrowful Mysteries.  With these reflections a manifold set of questions came into my mind.

Our Lord suffered and died for my sins, for He had no sins.  Our Lord suffered and died for my pride, for my ignoring the obvious, for my comfort. Our Lord suff...

February 16, 2016

Something occurred to me the other day after getting ashes. Even when we think we have outsmarted Catholicism, even when we think we have come up with a better way of life, the Catholic life sneaks up on us and somehow gets us to stop everything, go to church, and mark our foreheads with dust in the middle of the work week. 

This is why I believe-...

January 25, 2016

As a father of a son attending kindergarten and a four-month old baby daughter, teaching the Faith is a gradual process.  While Mass is sometimes extremely hard for both of them to get through, the Faith slowly diffuses and is recognized.  While my youngest is in a stage of just looking around, my oldest has learned a few prayers and knows importan...

December 15, 2015


I like to think of myself as a planner. Not only do I love to watch my calendar fill up in color-coded “busy” dots, and to edit “penciled in” activities with specific times and places, but I also love to have a plan for my life.

Since youth, most of us – we girls and boys with wide-eyed dreams – knew the steps we would, at the very least, try to...

December 5, 2015

As we begin the season of Advent, we focus on waiting well throughout the many seasons of life.

I want to be a child again. I want to run around in my bathing suit and not suck in my belly. I want to wear flip flops that aren’t suede. I want to ride my bike with no handlebars and not be afraid of cars or hitting abandoned cats. 


I want to jump on...

December 1, 2015

I started ballroom dancing lessons during my first semester at Franciscan University. Coincidentally, my parents began taking lessons that same exact time. I told them I would join them when I came home- that is, after graduation. 


Taking ballroom lessons back home and meeting and practicing with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met has be...

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