Lessons From Our First Ambulance Ride: Gratitude and Empathy

He was breathing, but they were very small breaths in and nothing out. In less than 20 seconds He began to turn blue. Something was wrong. [Read more…]

Right Where We Are Wrong: My Ongoing Conversion

There is something weighty in the decision to become Catholic. One knows that it is somehow intrinsically different than joining any denomination. [Read more…]

I Have a Confession to Make

Shortly after my conversion, a social-media acquaintance of mine asked me to explain the Sacrament of Confession. I practically put together a syllabus for a semester-long lecture series. Tonight, As I stood in line for confession, I realized that I had tried to give a lecture instead of an answer. [Read more…]

Right Where We Are Wrong: Being Reformed by the Church

There is something weighty in the decision to become Catholic. One knows that it is somehow intrinsically different than joining any denomination. There would not have been trepidation before leaving my Methodist congregation to become a Baptist or a Non-Denominational, or an Anglican. Yet there were gasps and cautions expressed when I talked about becoming a Catholic. [Read more…]

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Oh Be Careful Little Eyes – A Review of the Little Prince

Our family of 8 piled onto the couch for a much anticipated movie night. We eagerly launched Netflix and selected their critically acclaimed adaptation of the beloved children’s book “The Little Prince.” I quickly began to regret that we had not screened the film first. [Read more…]

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It’s My Birthday: Share the Love!

It’s my Birthday! We’ve experienced one transition after another. We’ve left our friends and career in Tulsa. Then we left our new friends in Texas. We’ve experienced uncertainty and grief in extreme measure. But My wife and I and our six kids are going to celebrate nonetheless! [Read more…]

Forming Your Conscience: It’s Annoying as Hell.

This week, on Outside the Walls, I’m going to talk with fellow Patheos blogger, Sam Rocha, about what steps we can take to form our consciences as we prepare ourselves to vote. It promises to be a riveting conversation. We’ll address both how to form our consciences overall, and with respect to the current election cycle. [Read more…]

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Of Road Trips and Rest Stops – Vol 2.

Back in May, I wrote about one of our favorite rest stops on our long trips to and from Colorado. Here are a couple of videos I just recorded at St. Fidelis that you might find interesting. [Read more…]

See It All Around You, Good Lovin’ Gone Bad

You can participate in this corporal work of mercy by helping this couple salvage their marriage. [Read more…]

Forgiveness doesn’t Preclude Justice.

We must forgive. In fact, in the Lord’s Prayer our own forgiveness is tied to how well we forgive: “Forgive us our trespasses as [in the same way] we forgive those who trespass against us.”

But too often we conflate forgiveness with mercy, passivity, and reconciliation. [Read more…]