Photograph © by Andy CoanPhotograph © by Andy Coan

What are Obstacles to Catholic Authenticity?

Why is it difficult to be the same person at work, home, church and with our friends? I have observed this problem for several years, but lately I have become more aware of the challenges people have with consistently being “real.” In a few recent discussions with friends, I received blank stares and perceived a lot of discomfort when I […]


Suffering Is An Act of Love

“I’m a nurse, and I’ve seen children suffer senselessly.  It’s far more merciful to allow them to die than to suffer.” “If we humanely euthanize pets, why can’t we do the same for people?  I see nothing wrong with this.” These, and other, statements reverberate in my mind in the aftermath of the recent Belgium child euthanasia headline.  At one […]


The Hidden Life

When I retired from a public work life, I found a hidden life had many lessons to teach… When I was a new mom, I slipped away for a silent weekend retreat. Before we adjourned on Sunday afternoon, the organizers invited the participants to randomly pick a holy card. On it, was a virtue we were supposed to cultivate throughout […]


There’s No Such Thing as “Balance”

I hate the word balance—at least the way our modern culture defines it. For most of my adult life, all I’ve heard (or read) is about how to balance work and family life or finding balance when life seems to get out of control.  It’s as if balance is this magical word that creates a utopian mindset—one that, I’ve come […]

Cathedral of St. Paul Altar (St. Paul, MN; Archdiocesan Photo)Cathedral of St. Paul Altar (St. Paul, MN; Archdiocesan Photo)

News Release: Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour

For Immediate Release  August 15, 2016:   The children of the world spiritually prepare for the 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA! On October 7th, 2016, Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Catholic school children, Faith Formation Children, Home School Children and all the children of the world, will spiritually unite their prayers, with the Most Reverend Bishop […]


Raising Independent Catholic Kids in an Age of Conformity

Sexting, drugs, alcohol, cyber-bullying, teen suicide, rampant materialism, technology addiction, and me-first mindsets—the list of challenges to young people today can seem overwhelming.  As parents of two boys, ages fifteen and eighteen, I feel like my wife and I are on the front lines of a never-ending war for the very souls of our children.  I would love to tell you […]


Women’s Leadership Conference Reveals the Gift of Feminine Genius

In a culture that lauds feminist ideology, many lay and women religious chose to respond to St. John Paul II’s definition of “feminine genius” this year instead.  In early June, a new women’s conference was held in Washington, D.C. with the title GIVEN, a word that, according to Sr. Mary Gabriel, SV, defines more than just the gifts we have.  […]


Celebrating Our Father

During the month of June, the United States and fifty-five other countries around the world honor the roles fathers play in the family and the community.  This modern secular holiday invites us to ask a very important question—what does it mean to call God “Father?” Most of the great religions of the world believe in one God and teach the essence of the […]

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Seven Essential Lessons for Dads

Who Introduced You to the Lord? The first question I would like to pose, is simply this: “How did you come by your faith, whether it be weak or strong, new or old? Where and when did you first come to encounter Jesus and his glorious Gospel?” For many of us, the answer would be, “I first came to know […]


Is Motherhood a Choice?

I recently stumbled upon a series of memes about womanhood and motherhood.  They were posted on Facebook by a friend’s daughter, and the one that immediately caught my eye was: “Rose decided not to have kids.  That’s okay, Rose.  Motherhood is a choice.”  In a string of comments following my “Motherhood is a gift and blessing” opening, I realized that […]