challenges

Employment Challenges and a Closer Walk with Christ

I have had the good fortune during my career to meet countless men and women in the business world.  They come from all parts of the country and cover most professions.  Prominent among these good people are those who are unemployed, underemployed or unhappy with their jobs.  Each of these represents a type of crisis which can have a devastating […]

A Catholic Man Opens Up About Being “Restless”

Man at Prayer

“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 few weeks ago I prayed for many things, including strength and courage to stay focused on the […]

Vital Leadership Lessons from a Child with Autism

I have been leading people since I was a 16 year old in high school working at a restaurant in the town where I grew up.  Leadership has always been a passion for me and after years of study, reading dozens of leadership books, listening to mentors and accumulating great experience on the way to a successful career I have […]

The Paradox of Help

A Helping Hand

Back in 2006, shortly after I came into the Catholic Church, a friend and fellow parishioner shared an observation with me after Mass one morning which had a profound effect on me:  “Randy, I have noticed that you really enjoy helping people.  But, you are very uncomfortable when people try to help you.  By not allowing them the opportunity to […]

Addiction, Recovery and Hope at Guest House for Clergy and Religious

Catholic Clergy

In the secular world we frequently hear of drug and alcohol addiction affecting almost every segment of society.  Nobody seems to be immune from this scourge.  However, we don’t often hear about how addiction sometimes affects our Clergy and Religious.  These men and women of the Church face pressures and stress that many of us seldom see or appreciate. What […]

Learning to Accept God’s Will

Not long ago a priest shared some guidance with my wife and me that has been the cause of a great deal of conversation and reflection in our home.  In response to learning that we pray every day about our oldest son’s future and that he be healed of his autism, he encouraged us to pray first for acceptance. Let […]

Raising Independent Catholic Kids in an Age of Conformity

Catholic Teen Volunteers

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 12 and 16, 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 […]

Four Meaningful Ways We Can Help Job Seekers

Stressed and Anxious

With official unemployment hovering around 8% (the real percentage is probably much higher), it is likely that we all know friends and family affected by this tough economy.  It may be difficult to admit, but at some point we run out of helpful advice.  We may even start to avoid these wonderful people who need our assistance because we feel […]

Pursuing a Meaningful Life: An interview with author Randy Hain

In a spirit of full disclosure, I am a Randy Hain fan. As a friend, he has been the source of unfailing encouragement, fellowship, and wisdom. Yet there are many dimensions to the man… Randy is a husband, father, writer, speaker, business leader, and much more. His third book, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life is packed […]

Go where the flowers are

When I was a little girl I used to love to watch the butterflies, particularly monarchs, as they gracefully swooped in large numbers through our backyard in late August. There seemed to be hundreds throughout the day passing through. I viewed them as treasures in the air, like falling coins or surprises of chocolate that came, unexpected. When my brothers […]