Entering into the Si...

Throughout Lent, we often focus on the things we are giving up or the extra things we are doing. Maybe we are fasting from chocolate, praying a weekly holy hour, or volunteering more at the soup kitchen. Often our Lent becomes filled with things to do instead of drawing us closer to God. To...

A Foretaste of Heave...

Every once in a while, God gives us glimpses of heaven: a beautiful sunset, the joy of a newlywed couple at their wedding, the birth of a child, etc. For me, this most recent glimpse came unexpectedly at the March for Life in Washington D.C. It has become a routine for me. Take a bus on a...

3 Ways Families Can ...

The family is the domestic church. As a part of the larger Church, we too are called to evangelize. Yet often families do not feel like they have the time nor the energy to evangelize. However, there is an easy way to evangelize without leaving the comforts of home: invite a single friend over...

What’s Keeping You from Becoming a Saint? Dec10

What’s Keeping...

Bigger is always better. That’s the maxim of our culture. From our vehicles to our buildings, from our paychecks to our television screens, we are never satisfied with our possessions and want more, searching for meaning in a chaotic world. Even our heroes are the people who have made it...

Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics Nov11

Spiritual Reading – ...

While on retreat, a priest discussed the benefits of spiritual reading. He advised the retreatants to begin by reading authors whose name started with “St.”  We all smiled a bit and tried not to laugh, since it was a silent retreat. Yet there is great wisdom in these words, for the Saints...

Flawless or Holiness...

As a new parent, I have quickly noticed that everyone has an opinion about the best way to raise my child. Authors, other parents, parishioners, and even strangers on the street are quick to offer advice or criticism of my parenting. As if this were not enough, society tells parents that they...

The Laity’s Call to ...

When we think about poverty, we usually think about starving children in the third world, the homeless, or the elderly living on fixed incomes. We may feel badly for these people and occasionally drop a donation for them in the collection basket or hand a beggar a few dollars. Rarely do we...

3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad Aug20

3 Lessons from My Fi...

This past May 31, our daughter, Lucy Benedicta, was born, changing our lives forever.  From learning how to hold a baby, to changing a diaper, to installing a car seat, I have had many new experiences as a first-time dad. So far, fatherhood has had its share of highs and lows, but mostly...

Where Two or Three a...

Many Catholics walk the path of faith alone, without the support of fellow believers. Our parishes are filled with people who come to Mass every Sunday but have never personally experienced God’s love. God desires us to experience his love, yet sometimes it is hard for us to open ourselves...

Do You Know Your She...

Devout Catholics seek to learn more about God through various avenues, such as prayers, songs, spiritual reading, discussions, talks etc. Yet sometimes we forget that the study of our faith should lead us to an encounter with Christ. Last week my friend and I were reminded of this when we...

Catholic in the Cubicle: Setting up your Work Space Apr30

Catholic in the Cubi...

The layout of a space matters. Just look at the time companies spend designing their headquarters. From cube farms to wide open areas, offices are designed to create a particular culture at a company. You too can create a specific culture focused on Christ within your work space. Since a...

Catholic in the Cubi...

I recently blew an opportunity to share my faith at work. It was a Friday afternoon and management bought pizza for the office to celebrate the successful completion of a major project. Naturally, I went for the cheese pizza since it was Lent. However, as I was eating my pizza, a co-worker sat...

Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle Mar05

Three Ways to Be Cat...

A few weeks ago, I was reading an excerpt about how a man chose to serve as a missionary on a college campus following graduation. He said that he decided to become a missionary because he wanted to something meaningful with his life and not just push papers in an office.  As an office worker...

What’s Wrong w...

The Super Bowl has become an enormous event in the United States. The parties, the media coverage, the commercials, and the analysis of the football game itself have grown to gigantic proportions. In fact, an estimated 111.5 million Americans watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday. People...

One Millennial’...

Winter is a restless time of year for me. The cold days and dark nights can be depressing. I long for the warm days of summer filled with picnics, sports and other outdoor recreation. Sitting still in the house can make me feel restless. I want to go out and conquer the world, not just the...

Joyful Waiting Dec11

Joyful Waiting

Advent is a time of joyful waiting and expectation. Unfortunately, our culture teaches us to complain, rather than to be cheerful while we wait for things. In a world where everything is instant, waiting 11 minutes for something, let alone 11 months, can seem like an eternity. Recently, I...

Finding Friends afte...

I have written before about some of the challenges that face recent college graduates in the transition from school to the workforce. As the tedious parts of adulthood such as paying bills, finding a job, moving to a new apartment, etc., set in, many go through a mourning period of realizing...

My Year Off – ...

Last year, in the days before my wedding, I wrote about Deuteronomy 24:5: “When a man is newly wed, he shall not go out on a military expedition, nor shall any duty be imposed on him. He shall be exempt for one year for the sake of his family, to bring joy to the wife he has married.”...

A Journey Into the W...

A few months ago, I posted about a Catholic men”s camping trip that I went on with the group Wilderness Outreach and the need for a renewal of authentic masculine spirituality in the Catholic Church. I had promised some more information on Wilderness Outreach and today I deliver that to...

Hey, We Have a Vocat...

Three brothers, one a diocesan priest, one a Franciscan Friar TOR priest, and the other a married man, walk into a bar… Sounds like the start of Catholic joke, right?  However, this might indeed be my life in a few years.  You see, both my brothers are in formation to become priests.  Now...

How Do I Serve the C...

As the summer starts to wind down, I have begun to notice that there are a lot of goodbye parties on my calendar.  One is for my brother who is leaving Pittsburgh to join the Franciscans Friars TOR one is for a college friend who is joining the Franciscan Sisters TOR, one is for my other...

Why Isn’t Men&...

Recently, I had the opportunity to go on a weekend Catholic men’s camping trip. During our time in the wilderness we had the opportunity to discuss masculine spirituality as well as use cross-cut saws to cut away trees that had fallen on the state park’s hiking trails. My friend Mike and I...

Letting God Fight fo...

My life is very structured. Just ask my wife. I fold my socks and put them in a special place in my drawer. I have a quarterly personal goal list on an Excel spreadsheet. I arrive at work at almost precisely the same time every day. However, this structure is often a hindrance to my spiritual...

3 New Ways to Give a...

The season of Advent is often overshadowed by a rush to the malls to buy the perfect gift for friends, family members and co-workers.  We get caught up by the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season that we forget about the greatest gift of all, Christ, whose birth we celebrate at...

3 Tips from Proverbs...

Many young adults have no strategy when it comes to finances.  In college, meals, utilities, lodging, transportation, school expenses etc,  were often covered by tuition and student loans. However, in the real world, finances often do not work like this.  Lodging, food, gas, internet, cell...

Taking a Year Off

All throughout the engagement process, people have asked us how the wedding preparation is going, or given us tips to remember on our wedding day.  However, I cannot recall anyone giving us advice on what to do once we are married nor a discussion about the early years of marriage. Somewhere...

Grace of the Sacrame...

My life is about to change.  In about one month, I will be getting married to the love of my life.  To say that things are already getting hectic would be an understatement.  Between working, moving out of my parent’s home into a new apartment and assisting in wedding plans...

Avoiding Burnout ...

In a culture always on the go, days, weeks and months blur together. We can sometimes be running so fast on the treadmill of life that we forget to stop and take a break. Sure, we might take a week...

Pass Me Another Waffle Fry Jul25

Pass Me Another Waff...

As a man who savors each and every opportunity he has to eat a fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries from the company that provided him high school employment, I thought I would weigh in on the recent controversy surrounding Chick-fil-a’s stance on gay marriage. This whole controversy...

Leaving a Legacy Jun27

Leaving a Legacy

One of the many lessons I learned in Boy Scouts while camping is to always leave a campsite better than you found it.  After a weekend of camping, all the Scouts in my troop would form a line and walk throughout the camp to pick up trash and clean up the area.  Though it was not the most fun...

Things I Learned after College May30

Things I Learned aft...

It’s hard to believe that it has only been a year since I graduated from college.  At that time, I wish someone would have prepared for me for the enormous change I would endure in the post-college life.  From discerning not to do a year of service, to finding myself unemployed for a few...

Exhibiting Mercy

In the ongoing battle against the forces of evil, I think that many Catholics forget to be merciful towards the “killers” of our society.  We see the aggressive attacks of those who do not value life on many fronts, abortion, contraception, euthanasia etc. and want to lash back at these...

Information Overload Apr04

Information Overload

Technology can be both a blessing and a curse.  It can be a way to learn more about God, but also waste countless hours.  We live in the information age where so much knowledge is right at our fingertips.  There is always something to check on facebook, twitter, email or one’s cell phone....

So, How Far Can We G...

So, how does a Catholic date in the modern world? Granted, pop culture gives us a picture of what we should avoid, but that does not answer the question.  When is kissing appropriate in a relationship?  Is kissing for more than six seconds sinful?  How can dating truly bring us closer to...

Renewal in the Churc...

It’s a tough a time to be a young Catholic in America. Pop culture fills our minds with base thoughts, job prospects for young adults appear bleak and the President, through his mandate on contraceptives has effectively said to the Church “To hell with you,” to quote my hometown Bishop...

Fatherless, the Chur...

Did you ever wonder how the Catholic Church and the overall culture began to crumble in America? After all, not so long ago, Mass attendance was high, Catholic schools were bustling with children, and the faith was an integral part of many Americans’ lives. So, what happened? Fatherless, by...

Tim Tebow, a Source ...

Just about everybody in the nation has an opinion about Tim Tebow so I thought I’d weigh in. Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in modern sports.  Sure, other NFL Quarterbacks are Christians, such as Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Kurt Warner but nobody else wears their faith on...

Life in the Post-College World Nov22

Life in the Post-Col...

One of the things I have realized this past year is that the transition period from college to adult life is one of life’s toughest adjustments. For me, a difficult aspect of adult life has been the absence of time-defined phases.  Previously, all of my life had been split up into different...

The Angelic Warfare ...

There is no doubt that sexual immorality is prevalent in our society.  The sheer number of sexual images that the modern person is exposed to each day makes the chaste and pure life appear unattainable.  So, what is a Catholic to do?  Some have made promises to remain chaste through...

A Reflection on the ...

I will be the first to admit that my devotion to the Saints is not as strong as I would like.  Sure, I pray novenas before job interviews (Sts. Jude and Joseph have really helped out in this department) and maybe read one or two of their lives every once in a while, but I do not think about...