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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves. By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves. By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and […]

Civility and Communication in the Internet Age

Today was going along just fine — productive, happy, and relatively stress free — until a certain email crossed my desk. The name and subject of the email will be withheld so that hopefully I can forget this dialogue ever happened. Suffice it to say, I read the initial email which was a request for action. I held it in […]

The Lost Art of Interpersonal Communication

Today we have a long list of ways to connect and communicate through the latest and greatest technological gadgets.  We have the new iphone4S.  We can text, tweet, friend people on Facebook and yes, we can even do something that is almost getting to seem old fashioned…e-mail.  Why is it with all of the communication advances available that we seem […]

Thinking, Living and Embracing Life on the Digital Continent

Each year on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists and communication, Pope Benedict publishes his routinely compelling annual message for the World Day of Social Communication. For the past two years, he has emphasized the crucial importance for the Church to evangelize by means of cyberspace. In 2009, he called on young […]

The Death of the Definition

Recently, I was party to a debate that was attempting to discover the true definition of a particular word. Of course, one’s knee-jerk reaction might be to suggest to the debaters that they consult their friendly neighborhood dictionary. Unfortunately, however, our current mode of language makes the effort to define words, particularly conceptual ones, a much more labor-intensive pursuit. The […]

A Father’s Unity of Life

Family expert James Stenson has written an insightful article for the Catholic Education Resource Center that connects a father’s leadership in the workplace to the leadership he shows at home.  He warns of the dangers of leading two lives, the “producer” in the workplace and the “consumer” at home.  I was drawn to this particular passage:  “You are one person, […]