Seeking the Prayers of a Servant

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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… [Read More]

Conversations I Don’t Have

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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… [Read More]

The Perfect Time for Parenting

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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… [Read More]

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Review

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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… [Read More]

What Did the Pope Just Say?

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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… [Read More]

The Best Me

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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… [Read More]

Superman and Catholic Spirituality

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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… [Read More]

No, no, no

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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… [Read More]

The Audacity of Pope Francis

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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… [Read More]

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

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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… [Read More]

The Sound of Jesus Coming

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I’ve often wished that I could peek into the first century world to experience the sights and sounds of following Jesus.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the gospels but I wish that one of the writers had composed their narrative with all of the descriptions of a novel.  As it stands we get more… [Read More]

Catholic Time Travel 101

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The call came in at 1:20p.m. on a Tuesday. My professional association had run a nice “member spotlight” on me in its magazine.  It wasn’t much, just a few pictures of me and my family and a nice questionnaire about my career and personal interests. So, when a colleague called and mentioned it, I figured… [Read More]

Lance Armstrong and the Art of Confession

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  When is a confession not “good enough?” The question itself challenges my Catholic sensibilities.  I like to think that all confession is valid for the expiation of sin.  However, after watching Lance Armstrong in the public confessional of Oprah Winfrey’s couch last week, I suddenly have my doubts. Please understand, I don’t believe that… [Read More]

Christmas Unchained

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There was a time when I wouldn’t dare miss a new Quentin Tarantino film. I was in middle school when Pulp Fiction was released in theatres and,  as a teenage boy, I was fascinated by Tarantino’s violent, vulgar and verbose underground universe.  Soon after, I gorged myself on the complete Tarantino catalog, watching True Romance,… [Read More]

Fly Fishers of Men

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Last week, I discovered a new obsession and, in the process, learned a thing or two about the new evangelization. While the nation celebrated the Fourth of July with hotdogs and hamburgers, my Dad and I headed into the New Mexico desert to the San Juan River for our first fly fishing trip. There is,… [Read More]

I am not Brandon Vogt

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I know you can’t hear me sigh when I type these words, so you’ll just have to imagine it. I am not Brandon Vogt. A couple of months back, I made the fortunate mistake of following Brandon Vogt on Facebook. For those who don’t know who Brandon is, he’s what I’d call a celebrity.  Not… [Read More]

Book Review: Wool

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Summer is upon us and we’re all looking for the next great read.  So, what’s on your reading list? For those looking for recommendations, I suggest you look no further than Wool. Wool, like The Hunger Games,  takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, but that’s where the comparison between the two series ends.  In this… [Read More]

The Silence of St. Joseph

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I have a friend who does quite a bit of public speaking about marriage.  Having heard him a number of times, I can usually anticipate his jokes long before he makes them. He pokes fun at the quirks that enter marital relationships and the way that our culture views marriages.  “I might be the one… [Read More]

The Attack on Conscience

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Last week, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services announced the final version of a rule that would require all employers and insurers to provide sterilization and contraceptives, including some abortion inducing drugs in their health plans. Although it was earlier announced that certain religious organizations would be exempt from the rule, the… [Read More]

The Sky is Not Falling

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I am a news junkie.  It’s probably a diagnosable sickness. I get out of bed in the morning and immediately grab my phone off of the alarm clock cradle in which it rests.  The glow of the screen guides my steps to the bathroom.  I turn on the water for the shower and get my… [Read More]