Seeking the Prayers of a Servant


As I sat down to write this week, I was filled with heaviness.  The past several weeks have been filled with loss and sadness for friends and, I’ll admit, I find myself rather empty of much to offer the ACNM community. Stumbling for inspiration, I happened upon the realization that today (Sept. 5) is the […]

Conversations I Don’t Have


When people find out that you have four kids, they often say strange things to you.  Sometimes they try to “justify” why they have fewer children, which always seems to reveal some regret or disappointment in their past.  Other times, they make you feel like you’re crazy. In an effort to keep things happy and […]

The Perfect Time for Parenting


I’ll never forget when my wife, Michelle, told me we were pregnant the first time.  I unwrapped a gift to find tiny baby booties inside with a note that said, “Can’t wait to meet you, Daddy.” As I recall, I just started laughing.  And then I kept on laughing.  And then laughed some more.  For […]

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Review


I have a thing for pilgrimage stories. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise, I suppose, since my personal (and currently neglected) blog is entitled This Pilgrim’s Progress.  Knowing that alone, however,might not tip you off to how much I thoroughly rave about the film The Way, or the fact that I’ve listened to the […]

What Did the Pope Just Say?


Hold your horses, Huffington Post.The Pope did not just change the doctrine of the Catholic church. Protestants… take a deep breath before you point fingers and claim that Catholics believe you have to work your way into heaven and that Pope Francis just said so. Are we calmed down?  Good.  Let’s take a look at […]

The Best Me

Last week marked the premature end of an all-too-short era in the Williston house when, after a remarkable temper tantrum by my son, Lincoln, we decided to sell the Wii and Xbox on Craigslist. It all started, as most family crises do, with a father/son matchup in Mario Super Sluggers, a Mario Brothers-themed Baseball game […]

Superman and Catholic Spirituality


This Friday, millions of Americans will flock to theaters to see Iron Man 3, the latest expansion of the Marvel universe series of films.  Early reviews are good and I’ll likely go see it, even after the failure that was Iron Man 2.  But, honestly, you can have Tony Stark.  My focus is on the […]

No, no, no


All week long I’ve been trying to write about Boston, attempting to write some words of sense that are born out of a senseless situation. When sidewalks are awash with blood, an eight year old boy, among others, is dead, and limbs are lying on the ground, there is no sense.  All I have are […]

The Audacity of Pope Francis


On Good Friday morning last week, I received this text message from a friend, “Your new Pope is all kinds of awesome.” You can probably derive from the message that my friend is not Catholic.  He read in the news about Pope Francis’s Holy Thursday visit to wash the feet of prison inmates and, like […]

Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience – A Review


There are no bounds to Justin Timberlake’s celebrity. Musician, movie star, and all around charismatic figure, JT (as I’ll affectionately call him) had fans running around Austin last week at SXSW with the mere suggestion that he MIGHT make a surprise appearance. While his star has certainly risen over the last several years, it has […]