priorities

Six Ideas for Reclaiming Your Calendar (and Your Life)

As busy people with compounding responsibilities, isn’t it becoming more and more difficult to find time just to think? Commiserating with colleagues and friends, we share how our workdays are filled with an almost obsessed focus on getting as much work done as possible, countless meetings and squeezing every bit of air out of our schedules. In our other roles […]

Daily Reflection — Do I know What I Want?

Ask yourself what it is that you most want.. right now. Maybe a new job or better job security, better pay or just the respect of your employer. Or maybe you have health issues, concern for your children or the need to get your finances in better order. Do you need for a new car? I would just like a fun and extended summer vacation! These […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — What do I want?

Ask yourself what it is that you most want.. right now. Maybe a new job or better job security, better pay or just the respect of your employer. Or maybe you have health issues, concern for your children or the need to get your finances in better order. Do you need for a new car? I would just like a fun and extended summer vacation! These […]

Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy this Advent

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

Here is something to ponder in the remaining days of Advent.  I recently had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with overtly living out his faith in the real world and reluctance to discuss his faith with others. He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be […]

Five Ways to Show Catholic Courage at Work

Do we ever stop to consider how many times a day our thinking and actions about our Catholic faith are influenced by a misguided concern for what others think of us? During the day, how many times have we missed opportunities to stand up for Christ or share our faith?  Is it the conversation we avoid with a troubled co-worker?  […]

Let it Go

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

I grew up in a home where both my parents worked to make ends meet. There were years that my dad worked two jobs to help support our family. We had few extras, but we had what we needed. If I wanted spending money I worked a number of jobs to earn it. What our family did have in abundance […]

Employment Challenges and a Closer Walk with Christ

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

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 […]

Staying Catholic Beyond Confirmation

Holy Spirit Detail of Chair of St. Peter

My 16-year-old son and 174 other 10th graders received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Saturday at my parish during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Luis Zarama. The church was packed with friends and family of those being Confirmed. The bishop did a wonderful job explaining to the young people the tremendous gift of our Catholic faith and the responsibility […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Ignatius of Antioch

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

“I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.” (St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr) October 17 — Memorial of St. St. Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr ( – 107) […]

What is the root of all evil?

In his space trilogy, C.S. Lewis called him ‘the Bent one.”  That is really an apt name for the one the Bible calls “Satan” or the Accuser.  The perverse choice he made to serve himself rather than his creator warped his nature, and ever since his delight has been twisting anything he can get his hands on. Take sexual desire […]