A Tomato and God’s Wild Imagination

Heirloom Tomatoes

Image Credit For each of us, there is a way of being that is as natural and deeply congruent as the life of a . . . tomato? Given no two tomatoes are alike, absolutely. Cut one open and you’ll never find its match – it doesn’t exist. Isn’t God’s imagination wild? So why do […]

Courageous: Strong Message Cuts Through Jesus-Speak


Joel and I recently attended a presentation by Dr. Peter Kreeft on how to raise kids in the faith. One of Kreeft’s many strategies was to “Give them good books. Leave a lot of good books around the house. And movies and videos.” Then he continued with a thought that resonated very deeply. He said, […]

7 Quick Takes with Brandon Vogt: Raising Saints in the Digital Age


Consider these stats for a moment: 90% of children over five years use the Internet. 96%+ of young adults have joined at least one online social network. Kids aged 9-17 now spend more time using social media than watching TV. Internet, blogs, social networking, and text messaging have profoundly changed our children’s world. Got parenting […]

Until Death Do Us Part?

Today's Med News

Have you heard the latest comments from Reverend Pat Robertson? When asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from Alzheimer’s, he offered the following thoughts: “This is the woman…that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years and suddenly that person is […]

Catechetical Sunday: Sharing Everlasting Life


The following thoughts on Catechetical Sunday were written by Father Bob Hoefler and printed in his “From the Pastor” column in the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church bulletin. It’s Catechetical Sunday. Take a moment to offer a special prayer for those people who were catechists to you. Maybe it was parents; maybe it was […]

Stem Cell Storm Brewing in Wisconsin

Clouds Over Wisconsin Capitol Dome

As a Ph.D. biochemist and a native Wisconsinite, I can’t keep silent. The science of stem cell research is again in the news due to a pair of identical bills introduced in the state Assembly and Senate. If you don’t live in Wisconsin, you may be wondering why you should care. Here’s the thing. As […]

Lovely Lady. . .


Even though there are words here, given I didn’t write them, I’m giving myself permission to enter it into the Wordless Wednesday annals. Here’s a beautiful image and reflection of our Blessed Mother from Christina McShane in the Spring 2011 issue of Radiant Magazine. Tip of the hat to my sister Sarah and friend Alicia […]

Epic Media Experience Coming to Des Moines!

The Catholicism Project

Ten hours. Ten episodes. One Film Series. The Catholicism Project. Heard about it yet? If not, you soon will. Written and produced by the renowned Father Robert Barron at Word On Fire Ministries, George Weigel, Biographer of Blessed John Paul II says, “This is the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America.” […]

9-11 Promises


Image Source Just over ten years ago as the Twin Towers fell in New York City, we counted our blessings, prayed for healing for those directly impacted, took extra time to give our spouses and children an extra tight hug, and asked for forgiveness from those we had wronged. In those moments we looked at […]