Humility: Constructing Solid Foundations

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Today, in work on my book project (which may still be the early death of me) I am writing on the topic of humility. In my research on the topic — since I truly have a lot to learn — I ran across the most beautiful quotation, attributed to St. Augustine: Do you wish to [Read More...]

Integrity: Is It Even Possible in Today’s World?

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I’m writing today about Integrity and would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. What are some of the challenges you face in your world that perhaps keep you from living a life full of integrity? How does today’s society challenge us in this virtue? What’s a success story of a time you or [Read More...]

America Video Portrays Strong Catholic Women

I’m grateful to our Sweet Tweeter John Clem for pointing me to this wonderful video from America Magazine, which portrays stories of several strong Catholic women of faith. Their stories show the diversity of today’s Catholic woman, but also her heart connection to her Catholic faith and how that permeates her entire life. America asked [Read More...]

The Crescat Responds to my Recent “Yes to Love” Query with Style & Spirit

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Leave it to Katrina Fernandez — AKA “The Crescat” here at Patheos — to respond to my recent question about celibacy with wit and wisdom. Let’s talk about expressing love and having sex. I get asked a lot, as a single person, about the “lack of love” in my life. How do I cope? Do [Read More...]

Is Conscious Celibacy a “Yes” to Love?

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I could use your opinion. Especially if you are single. I’ve run into a bit of a sticking point in my work on my new book, “The Grace of Yes”. In one of the chapters, I am looking at the concept of saying, “Yes” to love in our lives. I want to include all kinds [Read More...]

Are You a Missionary? @Pontifex Ponderings

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In his morning tweet today, Pope Francis thanked missionaries who “quietly work hard”: I thank all missionaries, men and women who quietly work hard for the Lord and their brothers and sisters. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) November 4, 2013 His tweet got me to thinking about the question, “Am I a missionary?” When you look [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #13: Interview about #CRSEgan Rwanda Trip is Online

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Just in case you don’t wake up at the crack of dawn on Thursday mornings to listen to the Sonrise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, you can catch the interview that I did yesterday about our Rwanda trip with Catholic Relief Services online at the CRS Newswire [Read More...]

Saying “Yes” to God – Please Share Your Stories

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Now that I am home from Rwanda, work is beginning in earnest on my next book, The Grace of Yes. Without giving too much detail here, I will share that this book is an encouragement to all of us — myself included — to be more open to God’s will for our lives. As I’m [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #12: What I’ve Learned & How I Feel

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Today for the first time since returning home from Rwanda last Sunday night, I’m feeling back to “normal” physically. My ears have stopped ringing from thirty plus hours in the air, my ankles are back to their normal shape, and I no longer feel like bursting into [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #11: SILC, Strategic Support and a Celebration

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. While my body is officially back home in Fresno, California today, my heart and mind remain torn between this place and the green hills of Rwanda, half a world away. Over the next few weeks, I will continue to share my reactions to the experience I’ve enjoyed [Read More...]


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