Daily Reflection — Living What We Believe

“Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you are. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” (Diaconal Ordination Rite) The key to a joyful life is to be authentic. Authenticity simply means being and living as the person God designed you to be. There is no other way to find joy. From our earliest […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement.”  (Pope St. John Paul II) October 22 is the Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II (1920 – 2005).   Print this entry

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Great Prayer Tool for Catholic Professionals: The Jesuit Daily Examen

Over the years I have had numerous discussions with Catholic professionals around the country about making time for prayer and reflection during the busy work day.  People have been interested in how I keep the Jesuit Daily Examen on my calendar, so I am sharing it here along with suggested times.  The Examen is one of the most effective (and […]

Experience the Life of Peace Christ Wants for You

If all we ever do to learn about God is to approach Him as an academic exercise, we may come to know about Him, but we will not come to know Him. In today’s gospel (Matthew 11:25-30), Jesus speaks of a relationship with Him to which He invites us that promises rest for the weary. In light of his other sayings, […]

Six Practical Ideas for Integrating our Catholic Faith with Work

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 of […]

James Nolan

Daily Catholic Quote from James Nolan

“Engagement describes an attitude, a commitment, as well as the day-to-day activities of a calling or profession. The good that we can do at work and at home for family, individuals and for society is far too important to ignore. We are called to collaborate in God’s creative and redemptive work, called to use our skills and talents for the […]

"King David in Prayer" by Pieter de Grebber

What’s In Your Heart? — Six Areas to Examine

The things that we do can reveal who we are. You have heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” We know this is very true. There are many people who deliberately say one thing and then do another. We call these people hypocrites. They lie about who they are, intentionally, in order to gain something they desire. But, there […]

Jere Thompson and Members of
Young Adult Professionals

5 Steps to Finding Faith and Balance in Business

Editor’s Note: This is the first post from the group, Young Catholic Professionals (, in Dallas, Texas. Randy Hain and I applaud their efforts to call today’s young adults to “Work in Witness for Christ” and are grateful for their contributions here to the mission of the Integrated Catholic Life™. – Deacon Mike Bickerstaff What’s Important Now: 5 Steps to Finding Faith and […]

Living a Life of Joyful Witness: An Interview with Editor and Syndicated Columnist Kathryn Lopez

Over the last few years, I have had a few opportunities to interact with Kathryn Lopez as she has interviewed me about topics related to my books.  But the opinion I have formed about Kathryn is more heavily influenced by her outstanding writing and editing work for various publications and websites.  Kathryn is longtime editor and now editor-at-large of National […]

Place Jesus at the Center of Your Life

I once got a harsh letter from a Baptist lady protesting that she could not find the word “Catholic” anywhere in the Bible. True, the earliest occurrence of the term is in a letter of St. Ignatius of Antioch, written 20 years after the last book of the New Testament.  But the idea that the Church is “catholic” pops up […]