New Year

Man at Prayer

Practical Lessons for Integrating Faith and Work in 2017

How do we integrate our faith with our work? If you think about it, most of us will likely spend the majority of our adult (awake) lives in the workplace. A typical eight hour work day accounts for a third of the total day, with the other two-thirds devoted to sleeping, family, friends, faith, and so on. In the practice […]

The Difference an Hour Can Make

I recall the Monday after Christmas two years ago when I had to work for part of the day to meet a few clients, tie up loose ends for the year and do some preparation for the coming year.  It was challenging to be pulled away from my family over the holidays, especially with my easily bored sons out of […]

The New Year’s Resolution That Will Change Your Spiritual Life

Right now you’re likely inundated with ideas for how to make your new year healthier, more relaxing, more successful, more social…the lists really go on and on. When I sat down to do my own goal setting for the New Year, one rather unusual resolution kept coming up in my thoughts and prayers: Ponder things in your heart. I know […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Overcoming Obstacles Between Us and Christ in the New Year

As I considered what to write for today’s post, I reflected on years of well-intended resolutions to lose weight, go to daily Mass, pick up a new hobby, play more tennis, etc. which ended in failure as my desires clashed with the reality of my busy schedule and stubborn resistance to change. I like goals, but I have decided to […]

Powerful Lessons from St. Joseph for Catholic Men in the New Year

As the father of a nineteen-year-old 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 fifteen-year-old son through the minefields of today’s culture.  My loving wife should expect my best efforts as a husband, yet I often feel distracted […]

Photograph © by Andy Coan

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 […]

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

What Goals and Mary Have in Common

I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s resolutions and goal-making, despite a nice dose of cynicism acquired from years of failure and burning myself out on unattainable targets. Last year, I revisited resolutions and made a few strides in the right direction. No shock: I won some, I lost some. Despite my best efforts, the exercise thing wobbled. Despite my […]

The Difference an Hour Can Make

On Monday of this week I had to work for part of the day to meet a few clients, tie up loose ends for the year and do some preparation for 2014.  It was challenging to be pulled away from my family over the holidays, especially with my easily bored sons out of school during the break.  I felt guilty, […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

“I will honor Christ in my heart and try to be authentically Catholic all the 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 2014.  I would like you to join me in a different […]

Pope Benedict XVI

Going Forward in this New Year by Looking Back

One of my favorite ways to learn about my faith and to grow in my relationship with God is to try and read as much as possible the writings of Pope Benedict XVI.  For some reason the Pope’s words always hit me right between the eyes and strike me smack dab in the heart.  Whether it is something he said […]