Fatherly Wisdom

Father's Day has now come and gone, but I was reminded today of some wise words of Bishop Thomas Olmsted last year at the Diocese of Phoenix's ordination Mass: A father calls things by their proper names; he speaks the truth in love; and he looks with compassion upon every member of each broken family, … Continue reading Fatherly Wisdom

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Living Life Well

Today I attended the funeral Mass for Jeff Van Brunt. Jeff would have been 39 years old in June. He's six months older than I am, which makes a person think twice. In the course of 75 minutes at Mass, I saw the many people that Jeff had touched in his relatively short life. Jeff … Continue reading Living Life Well

Only One Option

Name it what you will, but in the end, there is only one option for Christians in today's world. Rod Dreher's insightful recent work, The Benedict Option, is but one iteration of it. There are others espousing the Dominican Option, the Franciscan Option, even the Justin Martyr Option. But for as many feast days as there are on … Continue reading Only One Option

Obergefell v. Hodges

The Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges--redefining "marriage" as a union between two people, regardless of gender--is one more step in the natural progression of our culture. We've been on the decline for a while now. But what was so unnerving about the Obergefell decision was the majority's willingness to abandon any pretense of constitutional analysis in favor … Continue reading Obergefell v. Hodges

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters – the 30-day challenge (Meg Meeker)

When Dr. Meeker's original book came out, I was elated. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is a gem. Dr. Meeker's 30-day challenge is the practical component that helps fathers apply the principles she outlines in her original work. Until you read the 30-day challenge, you didn't know you needed it. But on reading, you are so thankful that … Continue reading Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters – the 30-day challenge (Meg Meeker)

Spiritual Fathers: A Workbook for Priests and Dads

This book is ideally meant for a men's group at a parish or a group of priests who may want to meet and discuss. But although I didn't read the book in a group setting, I can attest that it is a powerful, insightful, and useful book. Deacon James Keating edited a wonderful series of … Continue reading Spiritual Fathers: A Workbook for Priests and Dads