CFCA Saddened by President’s Sudden Death

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I was saddened yesterday to learn of the sudden passing of Bob Hentzen, one of the co-founders and the president of CFCA, the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. While I’ve obviously never met Bob in person, his vision and example of saying “Yes” to God’s call to serve the poor will leave a lasting [Read More...]

Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, MM — A New Saint in the Making

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio signs papers appointing a tribunal to deliberate the Cause for the Beatification of Father Vincent Capodanno on Oct. 1, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

From the Archdiocese for the Military Services, outstanding news on the opening of the Cause for Beatification of Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, MM. Having recently read about Fr. Capodanno, I am now praying through his intercession on a regular basis.  Archbishop Broglio Solemnizes Cause for the Beatification of Father Vincent Capodanno, MM Makes public tribunal [Read More...]

Thanking God for Small Miracles: Thomas Peters Update

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Over on the update blog for our friend and fellow blogger American Papist Thomas Peters, we received a promising update today. Along with describing the developments in newlyweds Thomas and Natalie’s rehab and housing situation, a tiny glimmer of one of those developments we’ve been praying for: Lastly, yesterday Thomas began moving his entire left [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Message for Migrants and Refugees

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On January 19th, 2014 we will commemorate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In advance of this event, Pope Francis has released the full text of his message for the annual event. I think my ears and heart are particularly open to this message of encouragement but also of urgent action. As I type [Read More...]

Giving: I Dare You to Watch This and Not Cry

It’s gone viral, with close to six million views since being published on Youtube on 9/11: Video Link I’ve been thinking today about why films like this that show the amazing capacity of simple acts of love and generosity are so incredibly compelling. How many times per day do we walk past opportunities to be [Read More...]

World Travelers and What Would You Ask the Pope?

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A humongous thanks to my good friends at SQPN’s Catholic Weekend for their kind invitation to be a part of their most recent episode. Among other things, we discuss my upcoming trip with Catholic Relief Services to Rwanda. Watch all of the fun here and check out the links in the show notes here. You guys [Read More...]

Gearing up for a 33 Day Rosary Challenge

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Last week, I received an email from my friend David Calvillo, author of the book Real Men Pray the Rosary. David’s email held an invitation to join him and others around the world in an initiative they are calling the “33 Day Rosary Challenge“. Here are some of the basics: Pray the Rosary daily. Not [Read More...]

Pope Francis to Footballers: Don’t Neglect Generosity, Camaraderie & Beauty

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New out this morning at News.va is an outstanding article on Pope Francis’ meeting this morning with members of the Italian and Argentinian national football squads. Definitely click through and read the full version of the article, which includes the Holy Father’s remarks in their entirety. Coaches at any level would do well to share this [Read More...]

The Laborers are Few: Pondering Our “Yes”

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I’m in the regular habit of watching the daily gospel reflection videos from the USCCB as a part of my morning prayer time. So many days, these simple two minute ponderings truly bring the gospel to life for me. Such is always the case on Tuesdays, when I hear from one of my favorite preachers, Fr. [Read More...]

When Helping is Messy

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I’ve been praying about an email I received early this week. The digital missive was a cry for help. Behind the simple question the writer asked were a series of complex issues, like layers on an onion. It sat in my inbox unanswered for a few days. “I’m busy,” I thought. “I’ll reply later…” Two [Read More...]


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