How do you become a better writer? By writing, writing more, and then writing even more. And it just so happens that Jen Fulwiler issued another writing challenge: 7 Posts in 7 Days. Challenge accepted. Time to let my fingers make some joyful noise via the keyboard. Here’s what’s ahead in the 7-Day Challenge. . . . → Read More: Writing to Finish the Race: 7 Posts in 7 Days
We’re going on a pilgrimage of a lifetime to see the sacred sites of the Holy Land! . . . → Read More: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
“Christians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith, not sure of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis. Bridge building can be hazardous, huh? Just take a look at what happened to the peace doves Pope Francis released while, ironically, praying for peace in the Ukraine where violent protests have raged since late November. The moment provided a bit of inspiration for my latest piece at CatholicMom.com. . . . → Read More: Even Papa’s Peace Doves Get Pecked Sometimes
Good news. In honor of tonight’s airing of The Sound of Music LIVE, we’re giving away a Sound of Music poster, T-shirt, and the soundtrack album featuring Carrie Underwood. All you have to do is two things, and these two things must be done by 11:59pmET TONIGHT. . . . → Read More: The Sound of Music + a Giveaway — two of my favorite things!
We recently signed on with CMG Booking’s speaker circuit thinking, Who’ll ever hire us?! Less than a week later, Joel was requested to speak for the Legatus chapter of the Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois). That talk is tonight and its theme is, drum roll, please: The bioethical dilemmas for Catholics under the new healthcare laws (i.e, Obamacare). Whoa. Talk about an insanely complex topic. Or as Donald Trump would said, “It’s HUGE!” . . . → Read More: Prayers for Joel, please. Donald says, “It’s HUGE!”
By now, you’ve most likely heard the story of the “Mystery Priest” from the car accident scene in Eastern Missouri. Interestingly, we were at Conception Abbey in Missouri last week for deacon formation. As you might imagine, this was a hot topic of discussion with both the deacon candidates and the monks. One of our professors indicated he might have a clue about the identity of the mystery priest. He believes it may be Servant of God, Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey, who died in a car accident in 1927. . . . → Read More: Could Fr. Lukas Etlin be the Missouri “Mystery Priest”?
Women deacons. It’s in the news again thanks to comments a German Bishop recently made about the potential of a new “diaconal” role for women in the Church. Given this topic is one that’s generating conversation and Joel is currently in deacon formation, we felt called weigh in on the issue over at Catholic Stand. . . . → Read More: So You Want to be a Deaconess?
If you’ve been following along with my A to Z posts, you might have noticed I skipped right over the letter K. Here’s the thing. I was ready to publish a post about kenosis and kerygma (sounds like a barn burner, no?), but I just couldn’t shake a different K-word. Kermit, as in Kermit Gosnell, the doctor currently on trial in Philadelphia for first and third-degree murders. . . . → Read More: The K-Word I Just Can’t Shake
If you’ve been following along, you know my mom is having quite the time in Rome this week. Here was her “view from the pew” as Papa Francesco passed by in the popemobile at his Inauguration Mass. . . . → Read More: Wordless Wednesday: Papal Drive-By
Today’s blog bits include some great photos of my mom with Timothy Cardinal Dolan over in Rome. Meanwhile back in Des Moines, we experienced a most festive and celebratory proclamation at Mass for our new Holy Father Pope Francis. How about you? What did you hear or see at Mass regarding the selection of our new Holy Father? . . . → Read More: Sunday Blog Bits