Advent Week 1 Reflection: Staying Awake!

Advent Wreath, Week 1

It’s sounding a lot like Christmas around here with Christmas songs playing everywhere I go. When I hear the classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry, or anything off the Carpenter’s Christmas Portrait, I travel twenty-five years back in time to my childhood. Music has a way of […]

The Holy Paradox

King David in S. M. Maggiore, Rome

November 21, 2010: The Solemnity of Christ the King Jesus is a shock to the senses. One doesn’t have to read the gospels long to find Him challenging existing authorities, breaking social norms, and generally turning convention upside down. The last shall be first; one must lose his life to save it; etc. This past […]

The Shroud Meets Its Match

Holy Face of Manoppello

Have you seen the face of God? Paul Badde has. In the The Face of God: The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus, best-selling journalist, historian and author Paul Badde, embarks on an exciting quest to discover the truth behind the Holy Face of Manoppello, a relic recently rediscovered and rumored to be the […]

Detonating a Charity Bomb

Iowa National Guard 734th Agri-Business Development Team

St. Martin of Tours helps refine our understanding of who a soldier is. Editor’s Note:  Today we are reprising our original Veteran’s Day post from last year. You’ll be happy to know that Eric, the man about whom I wrote below, is now back home safe with his family, as is his son Brady who […]

Input Needed!

When people ask: “Are you born again?” How do you answer? I’m collecting responses for a new blog entry I’m writing based on my experience at funeral yesterday. I could use some inspiration–humor is always appreciated! Leave your thoughts below or on our Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking the link to the […]

Happily Ever After

Our Lady of Salvation, Baghdad

November 7, 2010: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The “afterlife” is an interesting topic. Bring it up with enough people and you will get responses ranging from reincarnation to rapture and everything in between, including nothing at all. What do you believe? This was the subject of the past Sunday’s readings. Maccabee Martyrs. In the first […]

A Shout out to!


I recently became aware of a terrific online resource called, an online apostolate whose goal is to provide a place where teaching is easier and learning is fun for students of all ages (adults included!). has over a dozen online interactive learning games which can be played in teams or individually with scorekeeping systems […]

The Calling: Songs for Seminarians

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I was honored beyond all belief when asked to be a contributing vocalist on a recent CD project organized by Bob Weast and the Serra Club of Des Moines. The Serra Club is an organization of lay Catholics working to foster vocations to religious life. Proceeds from The Calling: Songs for Seminarians, will financially support […]