A Baptism — {Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} Style

Here’s a pictorial recap of Jude’s Baptism on Sunday, April 22, 2012.  As a friend said to me, there really are no words to describe this moment. So, I’ll allow the pictures to do the storytelling. Thanks to our dear friend Sue for snapping these photos. And Father Kautzky, we are blessed to call you friend and Father. Thank you for celebrating Jude’s first sacrament with us!


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Call me pretty, call me boy. Just don’t call me pretty boy!


Happy Grandparents 

Happy Godparents

Happy Das Schmidt Haus!


Oil and water? On . . . → Read More: A Baptism — {Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} Style

Your Spouse — A Channel of Grace


Through our baptism, each of us receives a special vocational calling from God. What is God calling you to? Priest or deacon? Perhaps consecrated religious life? Married or single life? In conjunction with National Vocations Awareness Week, a post on the vocation of marriage. . . . → Read More: Your Spouse — A Channel of Grace

Celebrating Your Birthday in the Church

Joel immersing Lucy in the baptismal font

Does your family celebrate baptismal anniversaries? Here are some ideas for how to celebrate your entrance into the Church family. . . . → Read More: Celebrating Your Birthday in the Church

Until Death Do Us Part?

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 gone. They’re gone. They are gone. I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.”

Woah. Get a cotton swab. Surely we heard that wrong. But after a quick YouTube search, . . . → Read More: Until Death Do Us Part?

Holding Back and Hurting Ourselves

September 11, 2011: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you ever held a grudge? C’mon, who among us hasn’t? When we have been wronged, our first instinct is usually to get angry. Our second instinct then is to hold onto our anger, because we somehow feel justified in doing so. Forgiveness comes later, much later if we’ve been deeply hurt. Sometimes, forgiveness never comes. In contrast, “The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion” (Ps 103). So, what is the price of holding onto anger, of failing to forgive? That is the subject of this week’s readings.

Who are we really hurting?

I’m better than . . . → Read More: Holding Back and Hurting Ourselves

The Curious Case of the Cursing Catholic Coach

How should Catholics respond when other Catholics publicly misrepresent the Church? That’s really the fundamental question. It has been before American Catholics ever since September 12, 1960 when John F. Kennedy, in a televised speech in Houston, essentially disavowed the influence of the Catholic faith on his political choices. With regard to politicians, U.S. bishops have increasingly taken them to task for publicly touting their Catholicity while simultaneously undermining the Church by advancing legislation contrary to Catholic moral and social teaching. Where matters of public policy are directly affected, it follows logically that if you represent yourself as Catholic, you have a duty to do so with the utmost fidelity . . . → Read More: The Curious Case of the Cursing Catholic Coach

First Communion and Counting

This past Sunday, my son celebrated his fifth communion. I know because he told me. He’s been counting and says he plans to keep counting until he is an old man hobbling down the aisle. I hope he does. Personally, I love to envision him bent over a walker, shuffling down the aisle, murmuring, “three thousand nine hundred ninety-two.”

His first trip down the aisle was marked with youthful vigor and enthusiasm.  He shot out the side of the pew, clapped his hands together, marched with surgical precision, and bowed deeply before his Lord. And I cried a little. This was a big joyful day for us.

One after another, . . . → Read More: First Communion and Counting

To Hell With It!

Flannery Quote on Cup 1

You never know what to expect when a visiting priest arrives at your parish with a handful of spiritual talks prepared, folded in his back pocket, and ready to present in a four-night long parish mission. So I am quite happy to report the recent mission at my home parish, Saint Francis of Assisi, was spiritually edifying and equally challenging all at the same time.

The visiting Vincentian missionary priest, Father Ron Hoye, took us on a journey with Christ, encouraging us to grow in friendship with Him. One talk in particular, “Transformed in Jesus,” stirred my soul. Father Hoye passionately advocated that we need to develop a deeper . . . → Read More: To Hell With It!

Ideas for Fostering Vocations

Prayer for Vocations

In honor of National Vocations Awareness Week, a few ideas on fostering vocations. . . . → Read More: Ideas for Fostering Vocations

They Know Not What They Do

September 12, 2010: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The daily Mass readings this past week urged us to conduct our affairs in a manner pleasing to God. In 1 Corinthians, St. Paul urged us to purge immorality from our lives (Mon.), deal justly with one another (Tue.), refrain from idolatry (Thu.), exercise discipline (Fri.), and respect the Eucharist (Sat.).  Given we often fall short at one time or another, how fitting it is to begin this week with an unmistakable reminder of God’s mercy!

The Lord relented in punishment (Exodus 32:14). While Moses was on Mount Sinai, conversing with God and retrieving the Ten Commandments, the Israelites ran amok under . . . → Read More: They Know Not What They Do