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Blessed Paul VI

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Blessed Paul VI

“Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. For joy comes from another source. It is spiritual. Money, comfort, hygiene and material security are often not lacking; and yet boredom, depression and sadness unhappily remain the lot of many.” (Blessed Paul VI, Gaudete in Domino, Apostolic Exhortation, 1975) Print this […]

John-Paul and Annie Deddens

A Chat with John-Paul Deddens of Pray More Novenas

I love novenas…and I hate novenas. I love the focus of them…and I hate the fact that if I forget a day, I’ve forgotten something HUGE AND BIG. Or that’s how it feels. And at this season in my life, I’m finding it’s easier than ever to forget or ignore things that are important, like novenas I want to pray. […]

The Virtual Family: Connected or Disconnected?

Six Ways to Avoid Becoming a Virtual Family

I took my family out to dinner one evening after my younger son’s lacrosse practice. As we were catching up on each other’s day and making plans for the coming weekend, I noticed a family had been seated at the table next to us. What struck me as odd was that the dad was on his iPhone answering an email, […]

Your Children are Watching YOU Watching TOO Much TV

It is always fascinating, as well as disappointing, how much time we adults spend with our technology verses each other.  This is so apparent to me as I travel frequently and have the opportunity to people-watch on a regular basis. We text. We tweet. We e-mail. We post.  We have our heads not in the clouds but in our lap […]

Allison Gingras

A Small App Idea to Help Your Prayer Life in a Big Way

Allison Gingras is no stranger to struggling with her prayer life. In fact, she considers herself something of a pro. Consider this video that she made to support a new project she’s working on: Unlike some people I know (ahemMYSELFcough), Allison didn’t look at the challenge of daily prayer and think, “That’s IT! It’s JUST TOO HARD! I QUIT!” No, she […]

The Virtual Family

I took my family out to dinner one evening last year after my younger son’s lacrosse practice.   As we were catching up on each other’s day and making plans for the coming weekend, I noticed a family had been seated at the table next to us.  What struck me as odd was that the dad was on his Blackberry, the […]

On Accidentally Smashing One’s Idols

I broke my smartphone, but not on purpose. Perhaps it should have been on purpose- as someone prone to the perils of workaholism, I had developed the tendency to check the thing far more than necessary.  It wasn’t the smartphone’s fault; before, when I had been the slightly embarrassed owner of a more conventional and less tricked-out flip phone, my […]

Photography © by Paul Johnson

Tech Tools to Help Your Body and Soul Goals

As we turn the page on another new calendar year, many of us have the desired goal of “getting in shape” for the New Year. This is definitely the case in my own life, but the more I ponder my motivations, the more I find that I’m not simply looking for physical changes in my life this year. The truth […]

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 […]

Refreshing New Voice in Catholic Publishing: An Interview with Matt Swaim

Matt Swaim is one of my favorite authors. For me this is an easily quantifiable statement. It is important that when I pick up a book I learn something new, am given a new insight or dimension on something that I already know or in some way am edified. Swaim delivers on all counts. Matt’s first book, The Eucharist and […]