The Lord Turned and Looked at Peter

Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu

As a Catholic talk show host and pilgrimage leader I have had the blessing of taking groups to some of the most sacred and beautiful places on God’s green earth.  At the top of the list of course would be the Holy Land and Rome. Interestingly enough I will be headed to both of these amazing places in just a […]

Can You Hear Him Now?

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

It is Lent and God is continuing to call us closer to Him. But are we listening? That’s what the Pope wants to know.  He raised the question more than once over the weekend.  First, at his weekly Angelus message to thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square this past Sunday.  Later that day when he celebrated Mass at […]

Are We Willing to Embrace a “Deeper Theology” of Women?

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

Where had I been all those years?  That was one of the nagging questions I asked myself as I found my way back to the Catholic Church.   How come I never heard growing up how Jesus was a true women’s libber; breaking the norms regarding the way men in His day related to and communicated with women?  Why, when gatherings […]

Your Children are Watching YOU Watching TOO Much TV

It is always fascinating, as well as disappointing, how much time we adults spend with our technology verses each other.  This is so apparent to me as I travel frequently and have the opportunity to people-watch on a regular basis. We text. We tweet. We e-mail. We post.  We have our heads not in the clouds but in our lap […]

The Church is in “this” for the long haul…

Pilgrims at Mass in Lourdes, France (KN / Shutterstock.com)

The morning after I returned from a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, the first guest on my daily radio program was Dr. Mark Latkovik.  Dr. Latkovik is a Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.  We were discussing an upcoming presentation he was about to give, entitled “Human Rights or God Given Rights; Why the “Right to […]

Changing the Perception

“Isn’t the Church against stem cell research?” This question came up more than once from my own friends, family members and regular Church-going Catholics as I was preparing to head to Rome to cover the second adult stem cell conference.  It’s a question that highlighted just how much the perception concerning this topic needs to be addressed head on. After […]

Real Role Models for Today’s Young People

He was one of those superstars that everyone admired and looked up to and so many of his fans and supporters were young people both male and female. There were the young athletes who admired his dedication and what we thought were natural abilities and talents. He was greatly respected as someone who beat the odds not only in his […]

Going Forward in this New Year by Looking Back

Pope Benedict XVI

One of my favorite ways to learn about my faith and to grow in my relationship with God is to try and read as much as possible the writings of Pope Benedict XVI.  For some reason the Pope’s words always hit me right between the eyes and strike me smack dab in the heart.  Whether it is something he said […]

The Komen Alternative

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from my radio listeners has to do with alternatives to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Active Catholics are slowly beginning to understand that there is a connection between Komen and the nation’s largest abortion provider; Planned Parenthood. That said, outside of Catholic media and a very few select health related web sites, […]

Fourth of July will be Different this Year

I am not very proud to admit that over the years I have taken the 4th of July, or should I say the real meaning of this national holiday, for granted over the years.   To me, the date has been more about another way and another special day to celebrate summer; my favorite season of the year. When I was […]