Six Ways to Avoid Becoming a Virtual Family

The Virtual Family: Connected or Disconnected?

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, […]

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 […]

Civility and Communication in the Internet Age

Today was going along just fine — productive, happy, and relatively stress free — until a certain email crossed my desk. The name and subject of the email will be withheld so that hopefully I can forget this dialogue ever happened. Suffice it to say, I read the initial email which was a request for action. I held it in […]

The Internet as a Source of Grace and Sin

A Story Once there was a young girl named Jenna, who dreamed about walking in a beautiful enchanted city. Everywhere Jenna went in this city, she saw thousands of breathtaking sites. The main road through the city was truly the pathway to joy. The side roads were the ways to failure. The path to joy in the beautiful city offered […]

Daily Quote from Pope Benedict XVI

If the desire for virtual connectedness becomes obsessive, it may in fact function to isolate individuals from real social interaction while also disrupting the patterns of rest, silence and reflection that are necessary for healthy human development. – Pope Benedict XVI (Message for 43rd World Communications Day) Print this entry

Bishops Offer Helpful Guidelines for New Media

Do you feel like a fish out of water when it comes to what has been referred to as the new media or the social media? Do you even know what someone is referring to or do your eyes glaze start to glaze over when they use those terms or ask you how many “friends” you have on-line?  Do you […]

Have You Had Your Catholic Vitamins Today?

Like many women – and I assume many men as well – I am finding it a bit overwhelming to discern how much time I spend on the Internet for pleasure’s sake and what sites are worth my precious, seemingly dwindling time.  This is a separate issue from the fact that the Internet is part and parcel of my work […]

Sounds of Silence

You would think that someone who makes a living addressing media influence and the importance of silencing the noise in our lives wouldn’t have to be reminded about applying such things to her own Christian walk.  But all of us, especially those in ministry, need a little nudge now and then to help us really practice what we preach. This […]