"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

Being Grateful for…Our Challenges?

“If God sends you many sufferings, it is a sign that He has great plans for you and certainly wants to make you a saint.” (St. Ignatius Loyola) I woke up on Tuesday of this week not feeling very grateful.  I am not sure why, but I started my day in a “mood.”  Maybe it was the stress of having […]


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 14 and 18, 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 […]

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco)
Photograph © by Andy CoanMission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Fixing Catholic Boredom in Six Easy Steps

On a recent Saturday morning my 14-year-old son said: “Dad, I’m bored. What are we going to do for fun today?” Knowing my youngest son well, I translated this to mean that he was looking for something new and exciting and I was supposed to provide it. This all too frequent discussion with my children has been the cause of […]


A priest, his music, and evangelizing the culture

Why would a Catholic priest spend his valuable free time recording music? That’s one question that Father Kevin McGoldrick probably gets quite frequently.  As chaplain of Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, he certainly lives in the right city for writing and recording songs. But how can a talent that once saw him playing in clubs in Philadelphia in the 1990s […]

Man at PrayerMan at Prayer

On Living Intentionally

“Will-power. A very important quality. Don’t despise little things, for by the continual practice of denying yourself again and again in such things—which are never futile or trivial—with God’s grace you will add strength and resilience to your character. In that way you will first become master of yourself, and then a guide, a chief, a leader: to compel and […]


Changing the throwaway culture

The other day I was listening to Catholic radio, and they were discussing how the rise of assisted suicide will especially target the poor, for whom death will be cheaper than medical care.  After the show went off and I changed the channel, the first story I heard teased on the mainstream news station was about a couple who cloned […]


Struggling with a Restless Heart

“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee” (St. Augustine, Confessions). I think most writers are naturally introspective and reflective.  While in Eucharistic Adoration a week ago I prayed for many things, including strength and courage to stay focused on the path […]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Prophetic Voice of the Catholic Church — Dignity of the Human Person and the Right to Life

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) We live in an age that is filled with signs and wonders, many of which are ominous and terrifying—our economies continue in turmoil, wars and the fears of terrorism rage, our environment is being […]

"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo

Practical Steps to Love Jesus More Deeply

We live in difficult times as Catholics. Quite possibly it has always been this way. The culture sends messages to us that are very harmful to our spiritual life. If we have become blind to this truth, it is likely that we are pursuing success as defined by the secular world instead of pursuing the holiness God has called us […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

So Many Voices… Who Should I Listen To?

There are so many voices in our day claiming to speak to us with authority, it is no wonder that so many are confused and misled. These voices come to us through our news and talk-show media, our entertainment industry, our government, our schools and universities, our religion and even from our friends and associates. And even from the Blogosphere! […]