Fixing Catholic Boredom in Six Easy Steps

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

On a recent Saturday morning my 14-year-old son said: “Dad, I’m bored. What are we going to do for fun today?” Knowing my youngest son well, I translated this to mean that he was looking for something new and exciting and I was supposed to provide it. This all too frequent discussion with my children has been the cause of […]

Pursuing God’s Bucket List — An Interview with Teresa Tomeo

I have known Teresa Tomeo for almost four years and have watched the tremendous impact she has made in the Catholic world through her books, speaking, blogging and radio show.  Teresa is clearly on fire for the Catholic Faith and you rarely leave a conversation with her not feeling inspired.  With her newest book being released next week from Image […]

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 […]

Stumbling Towards Peace

Some weeks ago I blogged about an experience I had in Eucharistic Adoration where I was having a challenge with “noise” and finding peace during my prayer time in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  The experience rattled me as my overactive brain would not allow me to be calm, listen and focus during what is typically my weekly retreat from […]

Daily Quote from Pope Benedict XVI

Do not become utterly absorbed in activism! There would be so much to do that one could be working on it constantly. And that is precisely the wrong thing. Not becoming totally absorbed in activism means maintaining consideration — discretion, deeper examination, contemplation, time for interior pondering, vision, and dealing with things, remaining with God and meditating about God. One […]

SPD and the Prince of Peace

Reflections of a Catholic High School Teacher  – SPD and the Prince of Peace A few weeks ago, one of my sophomore students showed up in class wearing a rather interesting sweatshirt. I glanced up and noticed that he had placed one of the drawstrings of his hoodie into one his ears, and the other drawstring was placed into the […]

Upon Reflection

I went to Eucharistic Adoration this morning with a sincere desire to be still and listen.  I have too much “noise” in my life these days and I wanted to offer up my burdens in prayer to our Lord, ask for help and patiently listen for His response.  My mind remained calm and peaceful for only a short period of […]

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 […]