Helping the Homeless Jun19

Helping the Homeless

I had an interesting experience this past week. Tuesday night, as I was walking around downtown Buffalo with a friend, a homeless man approached me and asked for money to buy some food. I live in the heart of a downtown area so this experience is not uncommon. If this request happened a few...

The Benefit of a Scandal May22

The Benefit of a Sca...

There has been no shortage of scandals and crises in the Catholic Church recently. Our failings as members of the Church are well documented in the press, which has given the Church a black eye to the secular world and continues to break down the morale of the faithful. I’ve read quite a...

In honor of St. Step...

I never realized how much St. Stephen was the man until after my reversion. Reading through Acts for the first time I felt a certain pride in sharing my name with a man who was so bold in the face of persecution. His martyrdom represents somewhat of a paradox in that Stephen, who the apostles...

Surprising Christian...

This is the second post of an ongoing series called “Surprising Christians” where we highlight well known individuals in the public scene who are surprisingly Christian. Not all are Catholics, not all would be considered “good” practicing Christians, but all witness in...

Montessori and Aquin...

Well Maria Montessori and Thomas Aquinas weren’t exactly best friends, but the did share many of the same views on education and formation. I have to admit it, up until about three weeks ago I knew nothing about Maria Montessori or the Montessori Method. I would have never guessed that...

Surprising Christian...

This is the first post of an ongoing series on persons in the public eye who you may be surprised to hear are Christian. Each comes from a very different background, and not all may yet grasp the fullness of faith in Catholicism, still each gives some insight into Christianity and witness to...

Mormons, New Media, ...

Throughout history man has been limited. His existence in space and time has largely dictated the truths, ideas, customs, and material goods that he consumed (both good and bad for his soul), which were in turn predestined by his culture, location and community. The internet has changed the...

Finding God in the W...

The week before my wedding, I attended an outdoor men’s experiential retreat with about 100 other men from around Western New York. The weekend was filled with various team building exercises, campfire discussions, and keynote speakers. On the third day of the retreat, following one of the...

Atheists, Agnostics, and the Search for Meaning Nov16

Atheists, Agnostics,...

Last week over at Why I’m Catholic we posted Jennifer Fulwiler’s conversion story from Atheist to Catholic. Since it’s gone up it has manage to make a few rounds in some atheist circles who take issue with one of Jennifer’s main points in the article, that as an Atheist...

Do Bishops use Facebook? Oct05

Do Bishops use Faceb...

Yes apparently they do. Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis managing his Facebook page at the Catholic New Media Conference Oct. 1, 2011. You can check out an interview Brandon Vogt did with Bishop Coyne and his perspective on new media...

3 Catholic Thoughts on the Facebook Timeline Sep28

3 Catholic Thoughts ...

Last week 120,000 watched via livestream as Mark Zuckerburg announced the biggest change to Facebook since its inception. Many of the changes will impact the way we interact with businesses and one another but my primary concern here is “Timeline,” the departure from Facebook...

St. Francis De Sales on Web Design Sep21

St. Francis De Sales...

Lets face it, people judge based upon appearance (at least that is their first natural inclination). Since our youth we all innately presume a correlation between interior dispositions/order with those we observe  externally. Case and point: If you met me and I had a giant mustard stain on my...

Are we reaching Young Adults? Thoughts on New Media following the CARA study… Sep14

Are we reaching Youn...

You may or may not have already seen the recent results of a study done by CARA (the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) on Catholic new media use among millennials. The results look pretty bleak for Catholic new media and its effectiveness reaching young adults Catholics as a...

Why I Believe in ...

Most successful large organizations have a marketer. So who is the marketer for the Catholic Church? You are. I am. A notion that is both empowering and terrifying. In the business world there exist many memorable marketing figures that have shaped history with their vision and skill. Steve...

Why I believe in ...

Have you ever been so excited about something you just wanted to tell everyone you know about it? I would consider myself an avid fan of music. About once a week I come across a new song and am so enthused that I become its hype man. I quickly try and share this song/artist with those in my...

Why I believe in ...

What is "The Purple Cow" and why does it matter?

The Truth Is Aug18

The Truth Is

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