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Listen. Learn. Love. Live. The 4 Keys to Faith and Life.

Here is my weekly recorded YouTube video for all of you as I continue to build up my YouTube Channel until I have 1000 subscribers. (Now up to 43, so thank you to those who subscribed this week–only another 957 to go!) This is the next video in the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life series where I focus upon the four keys to to finding faith and in life. . This time, I share about the importance of practicing 4 habits–listening, learning, loving and living. These are intricately tied to being able to know, love, and serve God, but […]

Ford v Ferrari And The Precious Few Driven To Do Something

In the last couple of months, the film Ford v Ferrari has been playing frequently on HBO. For those who are unfamiliar, Ford v Ferrari follows the story of a determined team of American and British engineers and designers, led by automotive designer Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. I was excited to […]

“History Has Its Eyes On You”–Hamilton-Inspired Observations For the Journey Towards Holiness

One positive of still recovering from COVID was the opportunity to watch the Broadway play, now turned movie, Hamilton: An American Musical, at two different points over the holiday weekend. I first had the privilege two summers ago in Atlanta when the Broadway show went on the road, and just like when I experienced it live, the movie of the taped musical was just as powerful. For those of you who might have missed all the theatrical hubbub over the last four years, Hamilton tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Wikipedia adds that the play was inspired by the […]

4 Easy Steps for Climbing God’s Holy Mountain During Advent

Bishop Robert Barron posted a video for the first week of Advent that beautifully describes what we should be about in the spiritual life, particularly as we begin a new liturgical year in Advent. First Things First What struck me most though is that when Bishop Barron asks us to consider, “What is the highest mountain in your life?” his question is similar to the one I ask of myself, and others, which is “Are you truly putting first things first in your life?” I have written several articles about this concept of “first things first”, but simply, the idea […]

Family Is Our School of Love

Today was spent in quiet reflection as I prepared to make my promises to become a member of the AVI (Apostles of Interior Life) Family. In the midst of quiet time in Adoration with Jesus, all of us who were gathered together were encouraged to reflect upon not only the promises that we would be making, but even more so, to reflect upon what does it mean to be family? One of the AVI Family members shared some wisdom given by Dr Greg and Lisa Popcak, national speakers on issues of marriage and family, in which the Popcaks suggest that […]

Five Things To Do For A Perfect Christmas

As we are now drawing super close to Christmas, the world has us in an absolute frenzy of preparations and “checking lists twice.” For those of us for whom Jesus is the reason for this season, it can be extremely disconcerting to traverse through these final days as all the focus seems to be on everything and anything but Jesus.   So how do we wrench our focus off all the “to-dos” and allow ourselves to focus on Him?  By doing what Jesus told us to do and become like little children.  How? By acting like a child.   1. Look with childlike wonder. How often is it that we actually […]

Preparing for the Greatest Gift of All

During the lead up to Christmas, we are inundated with numerous things to do. Gifts to be bought, cards to send, cookies and candies to bake, decorations to hang, parties, school pageants, and work celebrations to attend. The reality is that this time leading up to Christmas has become in our culture one of the most stressful and anxious times of the year—rather than being filled with hope and joy and peace! So what is the solution?   Advent.   The Church in her wisdom gives us the perfect solution to the craziness of the world because Advent is designed […]

It Would Be A Crime to NOT Go See The New Fantastic Beasts Movie

So, I went and saw the latest movie installment of the Fantastic Beasts series: Crimes of Grindelwald, AND then I proceeded to also devour the screenplay. Once again, Jo Rowling has conjured up a brilliant and satisfying tale that will be enjoyed by fans both new to the Wizarding World along with bona fide Potterheads. Crimes of Grindelwald is a fast paced story that contains plenty of revelations, but it still leaves you wanting more, so although there’s another 2 year wait for Fantastic Beasts #3, I think it’ll be well worth it if the next ride is as magical […]

“The Smoke of Satan”

This last weekend, a new book, The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful…And What Can Be Done About It by Philip Lawler, was released that I wanted to highlight for everyone, but especially for Roman Catholics. This book is an excellent and thought provoking assessment of the current state of affairs within the Catholic Church hierarchy For those who are not Catholic, I invite you to read it so you can be well-informed as to the issues within the Church rather than relying upon secular journalists and media outlets. I can attest […]

The Power of the Communion of Saints

A few days ago, I wrote about how much I love November, and how this is a truly special time in the life of the Catholic Church. Particularly because it is a month when we celebrate the fullness of the Communion of Saints. We begin by celebrating all who have completed their journey and are in heaven with God on All Saints Day, and then we commemorate all the holy souls who have gone before us on All Souls Day, before spending the remainder of the month praying for those same souls. I have to admit, with the shortening of […]