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Fighting Our Own Indifference

Do you ever feel numb or helpless because of all the problems the world faces each day? One only has to watch the news or follow the events of the day online to feel completely overwhelmed. Some of the challenges facing the world include ever-increasing threats to our Catholic faith. The Church is being accosted on all sides and the culture […]






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The Sign of the Cross

Our behavior will be the proving ground of our deepest convictions.  This firmness in the Faith is often an excellent testimony to the beliefs of the Christian.  In some cases it can cause people to begin their return to the House of the Father. – Francis Fernandez (In Conversation with God) Several weeks ago I had lunch with one of […]






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On Honoring Christ in Our Hearts and Being Authentically Catholic in the New Year

One of the most famous Christmas quotes of all time is this one from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Reflecting on this quote has made me think about resolutions a little differently for 2016.  I would like you to join me in a different […]






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A Christmas Rebellion?

I have been pleasantly surprised this Advent season.  I was prepared to receive a tidal wave of Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings cards with no mention of Christmas in them.  I have been listening for the growing trend towards the frustrating “Happy Holidays” from employees of retail and grocery stores.  I assumed people would feel reluctant to give their time, […]






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Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy this Advent

Here is something to ponder in the remaining days of Advent.  I recently had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with overtly living out his faith in the real world and reluctance to discuss his faith with others. He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be […]






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Simplify Your Life

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all of the stress, responsibilities and challenges in your daily life? If I am honest with myself, the times I feel most anxious or stressed are usually caused by my lifelong tendency to overcomplicate things and an inclination towards “busyness”. I am grateful for the occasional insights I have into ways to address this […]






"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 […]






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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 […]






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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 […]






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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 […]