The Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Christmas is my favorite holiday and season of the year. Music adds so much to the magic of Christmas. We know that the first Christmas was the miracle of Christ’s birth to the Virgin Mary for the salvation of souls – God’s gift to the whole world of His only son Jesus Christ. Music lifts…

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Tim and Pat Von Dohlen

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Tim and Pat Von Dohlen

Texas native Tim VonDohlen, a long-time Catholic Business Journal columnist, is known as much for his business savvy and significant success as for his profound Catholic faith. That said, life has not always been smooth-sailing for Tim, nor for his wife, even though to meet either of them you would never know. Pat Von Dohlen…

How A Vision Can Become A Reality

How A Vision Can Become A Reality

In my last article we looked at forming and accomplishing your vision, more on that later, and not worrying about being a people-pleaser. This month we look at someone whose actions demonstrate she cares more about the truth and doing what is right rather than worrying about what someone will think or say about her…

Reject People-Pleasing, Follow these Stages to Achieve Your Vision

Reject People-Pleasing, Follow these Stages to Achieve Your Vision

It is time for us to look at some of the things influencing good, God-fearing people in the United States and to identify what is holding them back from taking action to accomplish an objective or preventing them from being people who don’t just know their faith but live their faith outwardly. Two of these…

COUNTRIES VISITED WANT NO MORE COMMUNISM OR SOCIALISM

COUNTRIES VISITED WANT NO MORE COMMUNISM OR SOCIALISM

Have you ever been to a country that was under control of the Nazis and then Communism? Do you know what those people experienced and how they did not have any of the basic freedoms that Americans take for granted? My wife, Pat, and I had that experience this summer. We started in Poland, the…

Easter, The Cross, The Church and Actual Facts

Easter, The Cross, The Church and Actual Facts

It has been a wonderful Easter season. In the process of reading the Bible and attending Holy Week and Easter services I also learned in reading from Bob Gass and the Word For Today about noticing that the “cross” has two posts: vertical and horizontal. The vertical represents your relationship with God, what He wants…

Lent, Easter and Changing Hearts

Lent, Easter and Changing Hearts

Going through Lent, we have been reading 40 Days, 40 Ways A New Look at Lent by Marcellino D’Ambrosio (Dr. Italy). A paragraph in Day 20 particularly caught my attention: “Modern media invades every nook and cranny of our lives. In various schools and seminars around the world, future advertising execs, graphic artists, and filmmakers…

National Legatus Summit: LEARN, GET DIRECTION, STAND FIRM

National Legatus Summit: LEARN, GET DIRECTION, STAND FIRM

Pat and I recently returned from the annual Legatus Summit in Dana Point, California. For those not familiar with Legatus it is an organization of leading Catholic business men and women from across America who are Ambassadors for Jesus Christ. At the Summit, you hear nationally recognized speakers and learn the current status of things…

New Beginnings, Becoming an Epiphany, and Fun with Family

New Beginnings, Becoming an Epiphany, and Fun with Family

Here’s hoping your Christmas and start of the New Year has been wonderful with you surrounded by family and friends. Last year, I offered you some 17 recommendations for success in personal and business activities. This year I want to focus on 3: Dedicate your work (business and family) to the glory of God starting…

LEGACY, ADVANCEMENT, KNOWLEDGE AND PRAYER

LEGACY, ADVANCEMENT, KNOWLEDGE AND PRAYER

It was heartwarming seeing people across America saying prayers, paying respects and giving tributes during the service at the National Cathedral to the character, friendliness and love of family of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. It caused me to recall my personal experience with 41 in April 1981 when he…

Summer Sharing, Amazing Future and Proven Predictions

Summer Sharing, Amazing Future and Proven Predictions

It appears the long hot, really hot, Texas summer is over. Can’t believe we have had nearly two weeks of near continuous rain. Pat and I have done our best to establish a few traditions during our 12 years of marriage to each other. One of those is providing funds for summer camp to each…

Witnessing to the Beauty of Catholic History

Witnessing to the Beauty of Catholic History

Continuing to share the pearls of wisdom from the Pilgrimage In The Footsteps of St. Dominic, as Catholic business men and women each of us has an obligation to witness (experience, reflect and share) to others about our Catholic faith. The first place our group stayed was in the walled town of Avila. In addition…

CAN PROPAGANDA BE OVERCOME – WILL PROPAGANDA RULE OUR LIVES?

CAN PROPAGANDA BE OVERCOME – WILL PROPAGANDA RULE OUR LIVES?

Award-winning journalist Sue Ellen Browder opened her presentation at this year’s Legatus Summit by saying, “If you don’t tell your story—no one else will.”  Her topic, “How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement,” was both eye-opening and alarming as she revealed how propaganda has driven the outcome on the abortion issue, including the U.S.

The Right Work Ethic

January 25-27, 2018, found Pat and me in Orlando, Florida for the annual Legatus Summit of Catholic leaders. The other Austin Chapter members present were Richard Benkendorf who has succeeded me as Chapter President, Lisa and Ken Ellis, Kim and Bill Moore, and Michelle and Paul Tucker.  It was a wonderful event with great speakers, good food, spiritual enrichment and entertainment from a 60’s legend Bobby

Remembering an Exemplary Catholic Business Leader as Battle for America’s Heart Continues

Remembering an Exemplary Catholic Business Leader as Battle for America’s Heart Continues

We returned on July 29 from the funeral of an exemplary Catholic businessman – Emil Ogden of College Station, Texas.  It was not just his hard-earned financial success in the always turbulent oil and gas industry or his lifelong quest for knowledge to advance his career and personal growth, but it was his steadfastness and…

TRAVEL WITH GRANDSONS, GOOD PRO-LFE PROGRESS AND ALERT FOR DADS

TRAVEL WITH GRANDSONS, GOOD PRO-LFE PROGRESS AND ALERT FOR DADS

Pat and I have just returned from a week-long trip with two high school graduate grandsons – Trey and Patrick Von Dohlen.  Both graduated with academic recognition.  We went to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  It was very unusual to be in snow on June 15 and the Snake River was raging from the…

Travels, Easter and Family Activities

Travels, Easter and Family Activities

It was a great Lenten season.  Aided by the suggestions in the book 40 Days, 40 Ways by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Pat and I selected the ways we were going to participate daily and throughout Lent.  What was unusual was that we had planned a trip to South America that had us away on Easter. We were in Trevelin, Argentina on

ST. JOHN PAUL II LIFE CENTER AWARDED “CHRIST BRINGS HOPE” AWARD

ST. JOHN PAUL II LIFE CENTER AWARDED “CHRIST BRINGS HOPE” AWARD

The “Christ Brings Hope” Award is an award presented by Relevant Radio to an American Catholic who has worked with extraordinary dedication to bring the good news and hope of Christ to all souls.  This person exemplifies the virtues of charity, generosity, hope, apostolic zeal, and love for the Truth.

Tim Von Dohlen

Tim Von Dohlen

Mr. Tim Von Dohlen is an attorney, businessman and former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Goliad, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and later his law degree from the University of Texas. He has been Member of Board of Trustees at TMF Health Quality Institute since 2007. But most…

Easter, Jesus, and A Holy Year in Rome

Easter, Jesus, and A Holy Year in Rome

We experienced a wonderful Easter getting to have all the Von Dohlen clan together on Easter Saturday as Pat fed all 21.  The grandchildrens’ excitement was elevated by getting to enjoy a candy packed piñata finally opened by several of the older grandchildren for all to scramble for the candy.  It was a wonderful day…

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