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Worlds Apart

Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" on the Altar Wall in the Sistine Chapel Photography by Mark Armstrong

I am a father and a philosopher.  This is not necessarily an unusual combination, but it does give me a range of interests that spans two rather distinctive worlds.  I am interested in the family, its challenges and rewards, its hard work and its joyful celebrations.  As a philosopher, I am interested in an array of ideas that range from […]

Passing Along All that is Noble and Worthwhile

I was blessed to grow up with great parents. We didn’t have much, but my parents made sure my sister and I had love, discipline, faith, strong values, and an appreciation for the value of hard work. My mother played a vital role in our family, as all mothers do, but I find as I grow older that I am […]

America, the Resilient

Reminiscing seems to go hand in hand with getting older.  When I slow down enough to look at life through the eyes of my children, I see a world vastly different from the one in which I grew up.  As a product of Generation X, my age group may be the last to remember a childhood without electronic games and […]

Interview with Theresa Thomas, co-author of “BIG HEARTED: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families”

Every now and then a special book comes along that grabs you and leaves a mark.  BIG HEARTED: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families is such a book.  Deacon Mike and I are blessed to know and work with co-authors Theresa Thomas and Patti Maguire Armstrong who are also popular contributing writers for Integrated Catholic Life.  This book, their second collaborative […]

The Nest Begins to Empty

As I was addressing my daughter’s high school graduation invitations last night, I began to reminisce about the journey my daughter has taken in life.  I find it difficult to put into words how proud I am of her: knowing her struggles, knowing her convictions, knowing her faith, knowing her success despite it all.  My sweet baby girl, so young […]

Worlds Apart

I am a father and a philosopher.  This is not necessarily an unusual combination, but it does give me a range of interests that spans two rather distinctive worlds.  I am interested in the family, its challenges and rewards, its hard work and its joyful celebrations.  As a philosopher, I am interested in an array of ideas that range from […]

Six Practical Ideas for Integrating our Catholic Faith with Work

Photography © by Paul Johnson

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 1/3rd of the total day, with the other 2/3rds devoted to sleeping, family, friends, faith, etc.  In the practice of our faith, do we consider the workplace as an opportunity to […]

How We Measure Success

My father came to our house for a visit a few weekends ago, which he typically does two or three times a year.  He loves to see his grandsons and we talk to him every week by phone, but it is sometimes difficult for him to travel from his Florida home to Atlanta.  I have occasionally written about my dad […]

Teaching Kids What Matters – 10 Practical Lessons

Our family recently enjoyed a weekend visit from my 73 year old father.  This has been a tough few years for all of us, especially my father, as my mother passed away in 2010 after a long illness.  My parents were married for nearly half a century, a rare thing these days.  My mother was his best friend, partner and […]

Catholic Cop-outs

Catholic clichés are vapid.  They exhibit a lackadaisical attitude toward the faith, and consequently, the way it is taught. Anna Mitchell, a good friend of mine and Catholic radio personality, recently took up the topic of limiting preaching to action in her December article, “Use Words When Necessary”.  I would like to toss in another classic cop-out:  the problem of […]