Way Of The Icon: 

Week 2: Lenten Reflections – You gaze upon the icon…

Week 2: Lenten Reflections – You Gaze Upon The Icon…

March 4, 2021

This week I invite you to quietly look deeper… After my first and surprising experience of icons in Russia, the next experience was also amazing and drew me even closer to an understanding of the Icon. It is by entering into the process that one draws more closely to the icon subject, regardless of whether that subject is angel or...


matthia

Matthia Langone, D.Min., is a Vancouver-based artist and iconographer whose work has been exhibited in Canada, Rome, Portugal, and in private collections. She also serves as...

" Matthia Langone, D.Min., is a Vancouver-based artist and iconographer, and a pastoral animator on the UBC campus. "

Integrating Faith And Work: 

COVID restrictions on religion: I’m still attending Mass from my church parking lot

Covid Restrictions On Religion: I’m Still Attending Mass From My Church Parking Lot

March 3, 2021

I never thought I’d watch Mass from the front seat of my car. I never thought I’d receive Holy Communion standing in the parish parking lot. But there I’ve been, Sunday after Sunday for months on end, in the parking lot at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Mission Viejo, California. From the start, I knew it wasn’t the same. Sure,...


Tim Busch

(This is the title of my column)

View Articles -- Tim Busch (Timothy R. Busch), founder and CEO of the Napa Institute, is a seasoned entrepreneur, attorney, CPA, a builder of business entities,...

Way Of The Icon: 

Week 1: Lenten Reflections with the Icon: The Face of the Icon

Week 1: Lenten Reflections With The Icon: The Face Of The Icon

March 1, 2021

This week I invite you to quietly look upon the face of this icon of Christ... Take note of the size of the eyes, the fineness of the nose, the delicacy of the mouth, because in the upcoming weeks we'll be taking a closer look at each of these features of the face. There is great mystery and meaning behind...


matthia

Matthia Langone, D.Min., is a Vancouver-based artist and iconographer whose work has been exhibited in Canada, Rome, Portugal, and in private collections. She also serves as...

" Matthia Langone, D.Min., is a Vancouver-based artist and iconographer, and a pastoral animator on the UBC campus. "
COVID’s Valentine Dance can deepen our understanding of human communication

Covid’s Valentine Dance Can Deepen Our Understanding Of Human Communication

February 14, 2021

This year, with COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in many parts of the country and world constraining most of our communications to video, phone calls, email and text, our interpersonal communication truly lacks the “fullness of interpersonal communication” that St. Pope John Paul II introduced in his general audiences regarding Theology of the Body (1). How much we lose when we have,...


NoellePatno

Noelle Patno has competed as an amateur ballroom dancer and has taught and helped organize two Orange County, California, Catholic dances. She continues to study ballroom...

" Noelle Patno, PhD, is the Nutrition Scientist for Digestive Health at Metagenics. "

Catching Air: 

Covid Vaccine Myths and Morality

Covid Vaccine Myths And Morality

February 9, 2021

As a California attorney, I take regular continuing education classes. With Covid on everyone's’ minds, I decided to learn something about vaccine laws. Some of what I learned was eye-opening, including the truth about three common Covid vaccine myths. Myth 1:   Covid Vaccines are FDA approved. Reply: The vaccines have only been authorized so far on an interim basis after...


David G. Bjornstrom

(Attorney)

David G. Bjornstrom is a Santa Rosa, CA-based attorney at law with 36 years specializing in business, estate and tax law. He may be reached at...

Point Of View: 

Make Room for the Future

Make Room For The Future

February 6, 2021

We are all wondering where we are going to go from here. New President, new administration, Covid response apparently working somewhat. We do have that sense that finally, even with the terrible projections, we may actually be “going” somewhere. And I have been thinking of that. Wondering what it is going to require of me. The other night I was...


Fr David ORourke

Fr. David O’Rourke, OP, is pastor at the historic Our Lady of Mercy parish in Point Richmond, an accomplished artist, gardener, translator, author, lecturer, family counselor...

" Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy in Point Richmond, CA "
Overcome Fear, Live with Hope, Love, and Faith in God

Overcome Fear, Live With Hope, Love, And Faith In God

February 4, 2021

I have not written my monthly Catholic Business Journal article since December 2020. It has taken some time for me to understand my difficulty to complete this article. For me, it was not because of Covid-19, which has had a paralyzing effect on many.  In my case, I was anticipating the outcome of the Presidential election—not because of either man—but...


Tim Von Dohlen

View Articles If you’ve met Tim, you know that his life was shaped by good values that were imparted to him by his parents and he...

From The Pastor: 

Always Darkness Before the Dawn

Always Darkness Before The Dawn

January 6, 2021

This article was originally published Dec 20, 2016, four years ago, on the heels of President Trump's election and after 8 years of President Obama's presidency, yet Fr. Rutler's insights perhaps have even richer meaning today, January 6, 2021, a day marking the date of Epiphany (though now commonly celebrated on a Sunday) and also marking the Congressional confirmation (or...


Fr. George Rutler

(Pastor of St. Michael's Church)

View Articles Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's...

Catching Air: 

IS THE VACCINE MORAL?

Is The Vaccine Moral?

December 30, 2020

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen time and again just how much the so-called "experts" don't know. There have been ongoing disagreements among medical researchers and the public health community with their ever-changing predictions. The experts say... For the first few months, we were told to stay home, avoid beaches and parks, and wear N-95 masks....


David G. Bjornstrom

(Attorney)

David G. Bjornstrom is a Santa Rosa, CA-based attorney at law with 36 years specializing in business, estate and tax law. He may be reached at...

A Time for Hope, Belief in America’s Greatness and Being a Voice for the Unborn

A Time For Hope, Belief In America’s Greatness And Being A Voice For The Unborn

December 9, 2020

It is the time of Advent and the Gospel of Mark tells us to “Be watchful! Be alert!” This is an admonition of HOPE. Hope is defined in Wikipedia as an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. I want...


Tim Von Dohlen

View Articles If you’ve met Tim, you know that his life was shaped by good values that were imparted to him by his parents and he...

Ceo Learnings: 

A Christmas Gift: Life-Giving Nourishment for Both the Body and Soul

A Christmas Gift: Life-giving Nourishment For Both The Body And Soul

December 7, 2020

The Pontifical Swiss Guard’s elegant “The Vatican Christmas Cookbook” is infused with the Spirit of Christmas with 100 recipes, stories and pictures that are an integral part of the Vatican Christmas narrative. In this beautifully illustrated book, authors David Geisser and Thomas Kelly have again successfully linked our physical and spiritual needs to food – food for the body and...


Thomas M. Loarie

(CEO, Bryologyx)

View Articles Thomas M. Loarie is a popular host of The Mentors Radio Show, the founder and CEO of BryoLogyx Inc. (BryoLogyx.com), and a seasoned corporate...

" Thomas Loarie is CEO of Bryologyx, a radio host of The Mentors Radio Show, and the former, seasoned and pioneering CEO of life science... "

From The Pastor: 

Second Sunday in Advent: Two Kinds of Judgement

Second Sunday In Advent: Two Kinds Of Judgement

December 5, 2020

During the 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia, a relatively unknown figure, the Archbishop of Krakow and future Pope John Paul II, said: “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society, or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully....


Fr. George Rutler

(Pastor of St. Michael's Church)

View Articles Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's...

Management That Makes A Difference: 

The Best Way Forward is to Face the Truth Squarely

The Best Way Forward Is To Face The Truth Squarely

December 2, 2020

I don’t even want to type the word.  It’s that painful. Corruption. My on-line dictionary provides these three initial definitions: Moral perversion; depravity.  Perversion of integrity. Corrupt or dishonest proceedings. Few words convey something so universally ugly and sad. Corruption lies at the heart of the worst problems in the world, from starvation to poverty to human trafficking.  All the...


Patrick Lencioni

(President, The Table Group)

Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, and a prolific author of best-selling books on business management, particularly in relation to team...

" Recognized as a true pioneer in leadership and business, Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author. "

From The Pastor: 

The Season of Advent: Facing Reality is the answer to all our earthly woes

The Season Of Advent: Facing Reality Is The Answer To All Our Earthly Woes

November 29, 2020

The season of Advent is lyrically beautiful if one is willing to engage the realities it teaches: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. The alternative is to create a parallel universe, partying in a faux Christmas confection of jingle bells, dancing elves, self-conscious bonhomie, and ignoring the Incarnation of God. T.S. Eliot belabored the obvious in saying, “Humankind cannot bear very much...


Fr. George Rutler

(Pastor of St. Michael's Church)

View Articles Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's...

Ceo Learnings: 

BOOK REVIEW: A Special Operations Forces’ Guide to Recruiting & Assessment for Organizational Excellence

Book Review: A Special Operations Forces’ Guide To Recruiting & Assessment For Organizational Excellence

November 29, 2020

In The Talent War, former Army officer, George Randle, and former Navy Seal, Mike Sarraille, join forces to share their decades of experience in talent acquisition and management. Randle is a strategic advisor to Sarraille’s EF Overwatch, and VP of Global Talent Acquisition for Forcepoint, a human-centric cybersecurity company. EF Overwatch is an executive search and talent advisory firm. What...


Thomas M. Loarie

(CEO, Bryologyx)

View Articles Thomas M. Loarie is a popular host of The Mentors Radio Show, the founder and CEO of BryoLogyx Inc. (BryoLogyx.com), and a seasoned corporate...

" Thomas Loarie is CEO of Bryologyx, a radio host of The Mentors Radio Show, and the former, seasoned and pioneering CEO of life science... "

From The Pastor: 

Be Prepared, Be Vigilant, Be True to Our King and Shepherd

Be Prepared, Be Vigilant, Be True To Our King And Shepherd

November 26, 2020

These days I am frequently asked if we are living in the “End Times.” As the grace of Holy Orders does not make me a seer, I defer, as is prudent, to the King of Universe: “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42). So, the answer simply is that we do not...


Fr. George Rutler

(Pastor of St. Michael's Church)

View Articles Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's...

Parallel Thinking: 

Thanksgiving Trivia

Thanksgiving Trivia

November 26, 2020

Famed English writer Samuel Johnson once said, "People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed." Well, another year has zipped by and we are again facing the one day of the year when nobody puts up a façade of worrying about calories—Thanksgiving. To enrich the dialog at your family table, here is my annual reminder...


Mike Breen

(Provocateur, Parallel Thinking)

Mike Breen is a Florida-based Catholic, a brilliant marketer whose career includes serving top Fortune 500 brands, the provocateur of Parallel Thinking, and the author of...

From The Pastor: 

Our Lord’s Advice on Wealth Management and a lesson for our times

Our Lord’s Advice On Wealth Management And A Lesson For Our Times

November 17, 2020

Several of our Lord’s parables have to do with productivity in one form or another: The Sower, The Mustard Seed, The Tares, and then there is today’s (November 15, 2020), which is specifically about money (Matthew 25:14-30). In Greek currency, a talanton, as a measure of silver, was the equivalent of 6,000 Roman denarii. Establishing modern equivalences of money is...


Fr. George Rutler

(Pastor of St. Michael's Church)

View Articles Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's...

From The Pastor: 

Faith in the Face of Evil

Faith In The Face Of Evil

November 11, 2020

In the late nineteenth century, a New England college dean wrote: “The youth who loves his Alma Mater will always ask, not ‘What can she do for me?’ but ‘What can I do for her?’” One of his students, a clergyman named George St. John, paraphrased that as a locution to boys when he became headmaster of the Choate School...


Fr. George Rutler

(Pastor of St. Michael's Church)

View Articles Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's...

From The Pastor: 

As a Catholic, How You Chose to Vote Matters A Great Deal

As A Catholic, How You Chose To Vote Matters A Great Deal

October 27, 2020

In one survey of grammarians, two words deemed to be among the most beautiful sounding in the English language were Agape and Philadelphia. The problem is that these actually are Greek. There also are many aphorisms in the English language that have become so familiar that one may not realize that their sources are in antiquity. Take for instance “Who...


Fr. George Rutler

(Pastor of St. Michael's Church)

View Articles Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick's...

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