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My Blog Post Shared on Stay Close to Christ platform!

Greetings! Am SO very excited and pleased to announce that the folks over at Stay Close to Christ have shared my blog post, The Irreplaceable Importance of Fatherhood on their website for their audience! A link to the article on their website can be found here: Guest Post–The Irreplaceable Importance of Fatherhood If you are not familiar with the Stay Close to Christ ministry,  John and Kelly Roselle from Tulsa, Oklahoma began the company after marrying in the summer of 2017. The motto “Stay Close To Christ,” came from a phrase John used in the classroom teaching Theology. The company’s […]

Why Game of Thrones Gives Clarity, Inspires Greatness and Makes Us All Braver People

In the series finale of the epic fantasy television series, Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister, a character who throughout the series has been known for his insights and cleverness, argues for why Brandon Stark, who is now also the Three-Eyed Raven, should become the next King of Westeros. In a nutshell, Tyrion goes through all the many things that do NOT bring people together before pointing out the one thing that does–stories. Tyrion goes on to say: “There is nothing more powerful than a good story…nothing can stop it.” And Tyrion argues that this is why Bran should be king, […]

How One RSVP Can Change Your Life Forever

May is in full swing, and with it comes MANY invitations. Invitations to high school and college graduations, weddings, end of school year parties, Alumni or work-related BBQs, Volunteer appreciation dinners, etc. It can be rather overwhelming! But I recently was reading an article that was talking about the different metaphors to use to describe life, and one that was proposed was that life is a meal. See life as a meal. A fantastic, cozy meal. With good friends, family, loved ones – fascinating company. With great, delicious food. –Maartin van Doorn Although van Doorn was discussing a different way […]

Making the Most Out of Our Monday

Happy Monday of the 2nd week of Easter! Had a full and busy few weekend that was bookended by two of the most anticipated pop culture events in the last decade as I went and saw Avengers: End Game… …and then watched the living battle the Night King and his army of the dead in the Battle of Winterfell in the final season of the Game of Thrones. So as to not give away any spoilers for those of you who may not have seen one or the other, let me simply share that in both of these stories, all […]

Setting Aside Our False Idols

The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent is always the story of Jesus going out into the desert for 40 days and being tempted by Satan. Saint John Chrysostom tells us that Jesus never said, or did, anything that was not for our instruction, and the temptations in the desert are no exception. Because in the wilderness, Jesus experiences the very temptations that each one of us faces each and every day–the temptation to make idols out of pleasure, honor, or power. So why did Jesus go into the desert and allow Himself to be tempted? So that we, […]

Immediate and Delayed Gratification for Lent and Beyond

Was reading an article today entitled “The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It.” by James Clear, author of the book, Atomic Habits. Why am I highlighting an article concerned primarily with behavioral psychology and stress management? Because yesterday marked the beginning of the season of Lent for most of the Christian world. (I say most because my fellow Orthodox do not begin Lent for another week. But I digress…) So what does Lent have to do with stress? Well, the image above might give you a clue. Lent is FULL of things that we […]

First Things First

Merry Christmas! (And yes, it is STILL Christmas!) I hope this finds you still rejoicing in the great gift of Him who humbled Himself to become like us as a babe in the manger at Bethlehem! My post today is an outgrowth of my spiritual mentorship ministry work, and the great need that I have seen for people to come to know and understand and embrace that the reality that God loves us so deeply, passionately and profoundly, that He desires nothing more than to love us, and to that end, He invites us to enter into life with, in […]

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 […]

“Open the Windows and Let in Some Fresh Air”

Before the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII said that it was time to “open the windows [of the Church] and let in some fresh air.” In the last 55 years since Vatican II, there have been many theories proposed about what the now Saint Pope John XXIII meant by his comment, but as the Catholic Church continues to struggle to to effectively evangelize people, especially young adults, in this post modern world, one thing is abundantly clear, some more “fresh air” is desperately needed if people are to come to know and experience what it means to belong and […]