Author Archive: Steven Lawson

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Helping the Homeless

Helping the Homeless

[ 4 ] June 19, AD 2012 |

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 years […]

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The Benefit of a Scandal

The Benefit of a Scandal

[ 3 ] May 22, AD 2012 |

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 few articles […]

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In honor of St. Stephen

In honor of St. Stephen

[ 4 ] April 24, AD 2012 |

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 […]

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Surprising Christians: Moby

Surprising Christians: Moby

[ 2 ] March 27, AD 2012 |

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 some way to the truth found in Jesus Christ. You can view the […]

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Montessori and Aquinas BFFs

Montessori and Aquinas BFFs

[ 9 ] February 28, AD 2012 |

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 the program that produced the […]

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Surprising Christians: Daniel Tammet

Surprising Christians: Daniel Tammet

[ 5 ] January 31, AD 2012 |

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 it in some […]

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Mormons, New Media, and Truth

Mormons, New Media, and Truth

[ 54 ] January 3, AD 2012 |

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 way we consume media and information forever. […]

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Finding God in the Wilderness

Finding God in the Wilderness

[ 4 ] December 6, AD 2011 |

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 talks, we were given an hour of quiet […]

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Atheists, Agnostics, and the Search for Meaning

Atheists, Agnostics, and the Search for Meaning

[ 3 ] November 16, AD 2011 |

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 she always struggled with meaning. Although […]

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Do Bishops use Facebook?

Do Bishops use Facebook?

[ 8 ] October 5, AD 2011 |

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 here…

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3 Catholic Thoughts on the Facebook Timeline

3 Catholic Thoughts on the Facebook Timeline

[ 3 ] September 28, AD 2011 |

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 Profiles to a pseudo virtual scrapbook of one’s life. If you’re […]

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St. Francis De Sales on Web Design

St. Francis De Sales on Web Design

[ 6 ] September 21, AD 2011 |

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 shirt that had obviously been there […]

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

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

[ 4 ] September 14, AD 2011 |

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 whole. There have already been […]

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Why I Believe in “The Purple Cow”: Part 3

Why I Believe in “The Purple Cow”: Part 3

[ 1 ] September 7, AD 2011 |

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 Jobs made computers more than just a […]

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Why I believe in “The Purple Cow”: Part 2

Why I believe in “The Purple Cow”: Part 2

[ 4 ] September 1, AD 2011 |

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 […]

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Why I believe in “The Purple Cow”: Part 1

Why I believe in “The Purple Cow”: Part 1

[ 5 ] August 25, AD 2011 |

What is “The Purple Cow” and why does it matter?

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