Looking for a good read? I recommend Brendan Hodge’s new work, If You Can Get It (Ignatius Press). If You Can Get It is a well written, engaging novel that intelligently explores living meaningfully in today’s superficial world. An educated Catholic friend recommended it to me. The title lodged Gershwin’s song in my head, so… Continue reading Nice Book, If You Can Get It
Raising children isn’t as easy as it looks in those soft-focus magazine and television ads. I think it might be some kind of ruse designed to bamboozle us into peopling the earth (and buying all the products for it). Actual children are messy, unreasonable, and they’re around for such a long time! It turns out… Continue reading Do You Want To Be a Happier Parent?
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” our Lord answered, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”(Matt 18:3). It’s a clear message that aiming for greatness and prestige is not going to help us when it comes to the Kingdom… Continue reading Unless You Become Like Children
Is “good enough” good enough when you’re raising a Catholic family? Colleen Duggan thinks so. And she ought to know! Colleen is a self-professed recovering type-A perfectionist, who has struggled in her quest to become the “perfect” Catholic mom of the “perfect” Catholic family. And she has succeeded – not in achieving perfection, but in learning that God… Continue reading Is Good Enough Good Enough When It Comes To Parenting?
I don’t think I’m the only one who hasn’t been having a very good Lent this year. By which I mean I haven’t been having a very bad Lent. I mean, it hasn’t been hard; I haven’t been taking full advantage of the opportunities this liturgical season offers in terms of increased prayer, fasting and… Continue reading Sometimes You’re Just Lying There Like a Slug In the Desert
I’ve heard many people claim they hate small talk like it’s a mark of distinction. I’m not sure that’s something worth boasting of, though. Small talk gets a bad rap, but making it is a skill well worth having. It’s a skill that smooths the way for friendships and relieves uncomfortable social situations by getting… Continue reading Do You Hate Small Talk? Maybe You’re Doing It Wrong!
As I walked into the church for Mass last Sunday, I noticed right away the candles had been trimmed too long. They looked like a half dozen lit bottle rockets lined up on the reredos, in anticipation of the dazzling finale in a Fourth of July pyrotechnic display. My mind filled with strains of Tchaikovsky’s 1812… Continue reading A Soul’s Hearth
It’s not easy to become a saint while raising a family. Especially for some of us. Me, for instance. And I could use a little help. I heard a priest recommend that we read about and seek the intercession of saints who shared the same vocation as us. Priests should get to know the lives… Continue reading Excuse Me, God, Is There a Family Discount?
One of the things I most enjoy during visits with my family in Southern California, is visiting the little beach town nearby. Main Street lies between Pacific Coast Highway and the pier and is lined with restaurants, cafes, pubs, boutiques, ice cream parlors and art galleries. The shops are all individually owned and have a… Continue reading A “Strong Catholic” Adrift
I once heard someone say, “When a person has fallen from grace, don’t kick him down. Help him up!” It sounds so obvious, but we really do need to be reminded. We see it all around us. “Did you hear what she did???” Shock and outrage are often our response to accounts we see on… Continue reading When Someone Falls From Grace, Help Them Up!