A Road Map for Deepening our Catholic Faith in 2010

A Road Map for Deepening our Catholic Faith in 2010

 If you are like most people, it is very likely you have made at least one New Year’s resolution to kick off 2010.  The typical list may include losing weight, quitting smoking, drinking less and exercising more.  Sound familiar?  But, how often do we make firm resolutions to help us become better Catholics?  What can…

A Christmas Rebellion?

A Christmas Rebellion?

As we continue through the wonderful 12 days of Christmas, columnist Randy Hain reflects on the days leading up to the celebration of Christ’s birth this year in the wider marketplace. An interesting read! Were your experiences similar to his? —ed. I have been pleasantly surprised this Christmas.  I was prepared to receive a tidal…

New Mission Territory

New Mission Territory

Look around after Mass or observe the folks attending ministry meetings and parish events and ask yourself: “Where are all the young adults?” According to the Fast Facts on Young Adults page listed on the USCCB website, the Church defines “young adults” as 18-40 years of age and says that 40% of Catholics today belong…

Priorities and a Life Filled with Meaning

Priorities and a Life Filled with Meaning

This is the second half of a talk I gave to the Catholic Business Leaders Breakfast at Sacred Heart Parish on October 9th , 2009.  The first part of the talk was on my conversion into the Catholic Church in 2006 with my wife and sons after I spent 23 years in the “spiritual wilderness”—a…

Yes!

Yes!

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen. For quite some time, I have had a desire to write about my…

The Need to Have an Interior Life

The Need to Have an Interior Life

Friends-good morning.  In Eucharistic Adoration this week I read a meditation from In Conversation With God, by Francis Fernandez, which absolutely got my attention.   Here is an excerpt which I hope will resonate with you and make you reflect on your actions as it has with me. EXCERPT FROM In Conversation with God, by Francis…

Straight Talk

Straight Talk

It is time for a little straight talk about the need for…straight talk.  Over the last several years there has been an alarming increase in “doublespeak”, hidden agendas, political polarization and misrepresentation of the facts by our government.  For the most part, they have been actively aided and abetted in their efforts by the media. …

Living Examples

Living Examples

Friends-good morning.  I came across this passage from In Conversation With God and would like to share it with you.  It really made me stop and reflect this morning and I hope you also find it helpful.  Have a great day.   In Christ, Randy Living Examples (An excerpt from In Conversation With God by Francis…

Surrender and Strength

Surrender and Strength

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” — St. Ignatius Loyola What is the connection between surrender and strength?  Surrendering to Christ and putting His will before my own for the first…

Because We Love Them So Much

Because We Love Them So Much

My wife and I are blessed with 2 wonderful boys, Alex and Ryan, who are 11 and eight respectively.  The catalyst for this article occurred Wednesday night when we all went to dinner to celebrate my birthday.  We went to a nicer restaurant than usual because of the occasion, which also served to elevate the…

Vital Leadership Lessons from a Child with Autism

Vital Leadership Lessons from a Child with Autism

I have been leading people since I was a 16 year old in high school working at a restaurant in the town where I grew up.  Leadership has always been a passion for me and after years of study, reading dozens of leadership books, listening to mentors and accumulating great experience on the way to…

The Upside to a Job Search in a Down Economy

The Upside to a Job Search in a Down Economy

When faced with an opportunity to fundamentally change your life, will you take it?  Many of us want to answer this question with a resounding “yes,” but may think that reality is not attainable. Not necessarily so.  Consider the possibility that the current recession may be providing the catalyst for meaningful lessons and positive life…

Dad, Is the Recession Over Yet?

Dad, Is the Recession Over Yet?

My children are a constant source of wisdom and clarity for me.  Our sons are ages 8 and 11, and keenly interested in what’s going on in the world.  We share openly and candidly the current state of politics, the economy and world news in a way they will understand.  This past Saturday, my wife…

A Recession Antidote

A Recession Antidote

 I went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation a few days ago with a lot on my mind.  I have been weighted down for the last few months with work stress, concerns about money and a myriad of other issues big and small.  As I went through my examination of conscience, I couldn’t get past the…

Truth and Beauty: Two Leaders Share their Conversion Story and a Challenge

Truth and Beauty: Two Leaders Share their Conversion Story and a Challenge

Ed. note: This article was co-written by Chris Findley. As converts to the Catholic Church in the last few years, we have both written and addressed groups about our conversion stories and what led us to the True Faith.  We maintain that being Catholic is so much more than knowing the Catechism, the bible, attending…

A Commitment to Courage and Love in the New Year

A Commitment to Courage and Love in the New Year

I would like you to join me in a different kind of commitment for next year.  This is the kind of commitment that will cost us something for sure, but the reward is great.  In the coming year let’s make every effort to acknowledge Christ before others and defend (as well as follow!) in a…

Expanding Our Hearts

Expanding Our Hearts

In these difficult times, it can be very challenging to think of others and not just ourselves. Our personal struggles often keep our focus inward and not outward towards our brothers and sisters in Christ.  If these words resonate with you, I would like to provide some encouragement to break out of this inward focus…