lessons

Five Important Lessons from Saint Joseph

As the father of a teenager with high-functioning autism, I am sometimes challenged to give my oldest child the focus and patience he needs from me.  I frequently feel inadequate when I advise and guide my 12 year old son through the minefields of today’s culture.  My loving wife should expect my best efforts as a husband, yet I often […]

Hectic Schedules, Quiet Reflection and a Timeless Lesson

In January 2007, I became a Eucharistic guardian at my parish, which is blessed to have perpetual Eucharistic adoration. This hour each week in the True Presence of Christ has been an incredible blessing in my life and the reflection and prayer time has been the inspiration for much of my writing. I distinctly remember going to Eucharistic adoration one […]

How We Measure Success

My father came to our house for a visit a few weekends ago, which he typically does two or three times a year.  He loves to see his grandsons and we talk to him every week by phone, but it is sometimes difficult for him to travel from his Florida home to Atlanta.  I have occasionally written about my dad […]

Teaching Kids What Matters – 10 Practical Lessons

Our family recently enjoyed a weekend visit from my 73 year old father.  This has been a tough few years for all of us, especially my father, as my mother passed away in 2010 after a long illness.  My parents were married for nearly half a century, a rare thing these days.  My mother was his best friend, partner and […]

Joy, Encouragement and a Mother’s Love

One of the earliest memories I have of my mother, Sandi, is from when I was three or four years old.  It was during summer and we were living in our first home in Annapolis, MD.  I remember playing in the front yard with my mother and feeling very happy and safe.  I recall vividly the expression on her face – […]

Being Catholic at Work

Photography © by Paul Johnson

“For the Christian living in the middle of the world, he or she must choose to act responsibly in daily work.  Work should be ordered to the glory of God, to the service of society, to the fulfillment of family obligations.  It also provides a vital area for personal apostolate.” (Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God Volume 5, p.292-293) Since […]

Teaching Our Kids to Handle Adversity

One of the defining moments in my youngest son’s life occurred on a Saturday a few years ago.  He had been working hard for over two years to earn his black belt in Taekwondo and was participating in an all-city testing event to determine if he was ready.  He executed his kicks and moves flawlessly during the day and you […]

Acting on the Lessons of 9/11

The events of September 11, 2001 reawakened most Americans — and with us, so many others in the world — to some of the fundamental realities of human existence that in day-to-day life can be marginalized or ignored: the reality of evil, of death, of heroism, and of God. The most fitting way to mark the tenth anniversary of this […]

My Survivor’s Guide

As the mother of ten children, I found the perfect book to help me survive life’s rough spots: the Bible. Some of you are nodding: “Of course, it is God’s word!”  Others have just glazed over, “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that before, but it does not really do anything for me.”  But whichever group you belong to, the next time […]