INSPIRATION:  ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

INSPIRATION: ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

CNA, with CBJ edits—On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 676 people, including a young religious sister called Sr. Clare Crockett.  Two years after her death, her order released a film about her remarkable life in both English and Spanish. “All or Nothing: Sr. Clare Crockett” now has more than…
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…
Reflections on the Great Jubilee 2000 +10

Reflections on the Great Jubilee 2000 +10

As we rapidly approach the Christmas Eve vigil of 2009, I am reminded of another Christmas Eve just 10 years ago, a Christmas Eve that I had spent six years preparing for in a special way.  The late Holy Father, the recently named Venerable John Paul II said the Great Jubilee 2000 was the event…
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…
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…
Excerpt on the Eucharist from Archbishop Chaput book

Excerpt on the Eucharist from Archbishop Chaput book

Friends-good morning. I am currently reading a wonderful book by Archbishop Charles Chaput titled “Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics.” I highly recommend the book and have shared below an excerpt from Chapter 4 on the Eucharist that I strongly encourage you to read, reflect on and share. I hope you find it meaningful…
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…
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…
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…
A Selfless Man

A Selfless Man

I lit a candle today and prayed during Eucharistic Adoration in our parish chapel for a man I know who was hospitalized yesterday for the second time in two weeks.  He is suffering from emphysema and an infection after recent surgery.  The candle burned brightly, more brightly than the others, for the hour I was…
The Fortress

The Fortress

When I imagine a fortress, it invokes thoughts of strength, security and protection. The image is comforting, particularly when used in relation to one’s faith. I was speaking with someone I met recently about my faith and learned that he, too, was Catholic. After hearing my story, he explained to me the role faith played…
A Journey in Prayer

A Journey in Prayer

Before I began my RCIA classes in the Fall of 2006, I studied the Catholic faith in earnest.  I tend to intellectualize everything and my first thoughts were to learn everything I could about our faith.  I quickly realized there was more to our wonderful Faith than knowledge, history and tradition!  I then began to…