June 16, 2019

A personal relationship with Jesus is not enough. There, I said it! Even though it feels wrong to write those words, it is a true statement. Let me clarify. I have a personal relationship with Jesus and you should have one too, but it’s not enough. In addition to knowing and loving Jesus, we should also have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. How do I know? Because Jesus said so! The Holy Spirit leads us… Read more

June 15, 2019

Sometimes I wonder why God would trust a weak and imperfect knucklehead like me with the awesome privilege of being a father. My Dad had all this “father stuff” down pat, but my daughters are young adults and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing! As a man, it drives me crazy is when my kids have a problem that I can’t fix. I was recently asked to write an article on fatherhood for Catholic Digest. As I… Read more

June 14, 2019

Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34) A few days ago, I offered advice for thanking God when you don’t feel thankful. My post was inspired by a great list that I ran across on the Internet. After reading the list, I was extremely thankful for my many blessings! I bet you never thought to thank God for some of these things… Utilities If you have running water in your home, thank God. If… Read more

June 13, 2019

Do you struggle to pray the rosary? If so, you’re not alone. Some Catholics grit their teeth and tough it out, while others give up and conclude that it’s impossible to pray the rosary without getting bored. Believe me when I tell you that I struggled with this for years. I knew that the rosary was important, but I absolutely hated to pray it! Feeling terrible, I was determined to find something that would help. After much research, I came… Read more

June 12, 2019

Let me be totally honest with you. I know I should thank God for my blessings every day, but sometimes I don’t feel thankful. Sure, I’ve learned to go through my standard list and force myself to thank him, but I know I can do better. True thanksgiving should flow from the heart and be effortless. Rather than force myself to read through a list of  blessings, I should be overflowing with thanks for all that God has done for… Read more

June 11, 2019

“Be Not Afraid!” It’s been said that this phrase appears in the Bible 365 times, once for every day of the year. While the exact number may vary depending on which translation you use, it’s safe to say that the message appears hundreds of times. Not to be a buzzkill or anything, but did you ever ask yourself, “Why?” With all of the craziness going on in the world, why shouldn’t we be afraid? God: “I Am With You and… Read more

June 10, 2019

As an anxious person by nature and someone who has spent thousands of hours worrying about anything and everything, I understand the mind of a worrier. I have suffered from panic attacks, digestive issues, heart palpitations and sleepless nights. By the grace of God, however, my worrying is under control and I have spent the past seven years helping others break free from the worry habit. Through my full time speaking and writing ministry, I have been blessed to share… Read more

June 9, 2019

For years I went to Mass on Pentecost Sunday, but one thing always bugged me. I got the part about the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles and those gathered with them. I also understood that this event was considered to be the birth of the Church. What I didn’t get was why we were praying for the Holy Spirit to show up. Didn’t this already happen two thousand years ago? Furthermore, isn’t the Holy Spirit living inside of me?… Read more

June 8, 2019

Have you noticed that there’s been a lot of Holy Spirit talk in the past few weeks? I’ve been hearing it at church, in blogs and it’s all over Catholic media. And there’s a good reason for it. Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday and the Holy Spirit is definitely the “star of the show”. But here’s something to ponder. When the Spirit descended on the members of the early Church (Acts 2), there was a drastic change in them. They prophesied,… Read more

June 7, 2019

See if this sounds familiar. Someone asks you to pray for a special need – a doctor’s appointment, job interview, difficult encounter, etc. You agree and then totally forget about it. By the time you remember, it’s too late…or so you think. Here’s some good news. It’s never too late to pray. Because God exists outside of time, we can (and should) pray for past events! One of the remarkable things about prayer, according to blogger Mark Shea, is that… Read more

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