Lawn Chair Catechism Intro: On Discipleship & A “Lived” Relationship with God


Today marks an exciting day over at — the launch of our summer “Lawn Chair Catechism” series, a study of Sherry Weddell’s awesome book Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus. I find myself in the enviable position of being a “follower” in this situation, with my dear friends Sarah Reinhard and Jennifer [Read More...]

Liguori Publications Announces New Publisher and New President

Rev. Donald Willard, C.Ss.R.

As one who has greatly enjoyed the work of Liguori Publications in recent years, my heart skipped a beat when I received the following press release regardling an upcoming change in leadership. I’ve enjoyed a terrific working relationship with current Liguori President and Publisher Rev. Matthew Kessler. Fr. Mat offered me a few wonderful opportunities [Read More...]

Making Church Matter: Unpacking #MACongress

Rev. Michael White and Thomas Corcoran

Today I continue sharing my reflections on the recent Mid-Atlantic Congress in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Find all of my #MACongress posts online here. Friday, March 8th and Session Three of the Mid-Atlantic Congress found me sitting on the floor in the back of a standing-room-only crowd for the session “Making Church Matter” by Rev. Michael White and Thomas Corcoran. Here [Read More...]

New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Wuerl – A Must Read This Week!


As we head into the Conclave, I’d like to add a “must read” to your wish list: New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Relator of the Synod of the Bishops on the New Evangelization. Here’s the blueprint: This is a new moment in the life of the Church, [Read More...]

New Tagalog Catholic Bible

Magandang Balita

Because I have so many Filipino Catholic friends, I was thrilled to receive an email today from the Catholic Marketing Network notifying me of a brand new Tagalog Catholic Bible – this will likely be a gift to many! I hope to get a look at it later this week when I attend the Archdiocese of [Read More...]

The Hobbit – One Mom’s Admission

The Hobbit

OK, let me preface this by saying officially this is not a review of The Hobbit. I’m about to admit something that may get me “unfriended” by my many Tolkien-loving Facebook friends and kicked out of the Patheos Catholic Channel for lack of street cred. Here goes: I have never read The Hobbit. or indeed [Read More...]

O Radiant Dawn Giveaway – Comment to Enter

O Radiant Dawn Large

As you read this, I’m driving home from my Thanksgiving vacation. Even though I’m pre-posting this on Tuesday night, I already know that when Sunday morning rolls around I am bound to be cranky. I’ll have said goodbye to my precious son Eric and shipped him back off to college, and Adam, Greg and I [Read More...]

Are You Augustine, Monica, Both or Neither?

St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica

I’m at work on an interesting project — a foreword for a devotional book relating to the lives of St. Monica and St. Augustine. While I can’t say too much about the book at this point, suffice it to say that I’ve been thinking quite a lot about this saintly mother/son combo the past few [Read More...]