Speaking Event This Saturday in Ames, Iowa


Joel and I are looking forward to speaking at this year’s Pure Fashion Show on Saturday evening at the Gateway Hotel Conference Center in Ames, Iowa. What’s better is Jonny Diaz is taking a break from his national concert tour to perform at the show. His name may not be familiar, but I bet you’ve heard his […]

Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom


We were scheduled to lead a young couples event at a parish in eastern Iowa today. We’ve been defeated by the weather once again this winter and were not able to travel due to the snow. But all is not lost. We share with you, dear readers, a portion of our presentation titled “Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom: The Beatitudes of Healthy Marriages.” Please keep in mind the target audience was young married couples with one or more little ones at home.

Pray, Work, Rest and Play: God Bless This Ordinary Time

Benedict and JoseMaria Escriva

The Church, like families, has Ordinary Time, and in many ways, it’s those ordinary times that are most important for families. I actually started writing this post on the first Sunday in Ordinary Time. And here I am nearly two weeks later trying to finish and publish. My ordinary life has kicked into high gear. Here’s a snapshot of how we’re balancing these first days in ordinary time with prayer, work, rest, and play.

Prayers for Joel, please. Donald says, “It’s HUGE!”


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!”

Will It Play in Peoria?

Friendship Wordle

Ever hear this one?

“Have you ever played Peoria?”
“Peoria? Oh, yes — I spent four years there one night!”

I’m here all night, folks. No, really, I’m actually here, all night, in Peoria! Tonight I’m “playing” Peoria and giving a talk with Sister Helena Burns on Authentic Friendships in a Social Media Age to a fine group of women.