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Author Archive: Tom Collingwood

Tom Collingwood Ph.D. is an exercise psychologist who has installed exercise programs to prevent substance abuse for at-risk youth and in developing physical fitness programs for law enforcement agencies nationwide. In addition, he has instituted numerous environmental education projects while serving as a Master Naturalist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife and as a volunteer Interpretive Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. A convert to the Catholic Church he serves as a catechist in the RCIA program and adult ministries such as “Renew” and “Why Catholic”. Working with CREATIO, the faith based stewardship organization affiliated with the Christian Life Movement, he provides lectures and seminars on “A Catholic Ethic for Stewardship of the Environment and the Body” (physical fitness)” His guardian angel is St, Michael the archangel, the patron saint of paratroopers and law enforcement officers in which he has served in both those capacities. He has authored 10 books and is the recipient of the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as one of the top 10 fitness leaders in America.

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Reflections on Friends Dying

October 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections on Friends Dying

The last four summers have been a time period where I have experienced many deaths of very close friends – two within the past month alone. It’s as if I have entered a new “normal” where it seems that deaths and memorial services are now a regular part of the summer season. On a practical […]

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It’s Time For Political Incorrectness

August 30, AD2017 14 Comments
It’s Time For Political Incorrectness

The transgender issue seems to be all on the front pages of our local paper. It appears as if it is the only newsworthy issue to report on. I guess poor schools, crime, poverty, health care, worn roads and bridges and the ISIS genocide of Christians aren’t that important. In turn, I never thought I […]

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St Thomas the Apostle: A Saint For Our Times

July 24, AD2017 0 Comments
St Thomas the Apostle: A Saint For Our Times

Like many, I do not always pay much attention to the many saint feast days unless it is a particular saint that has personal meaning for me. July 3rd this month was the feast day for such a saint – St. Thomas the Apostle. While I consider St. Michael the Archangel as my guardian angel […]

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Our Bodies Were Designed by God to Move

June 29, AD2017 1 Comment
Our Bodies Were Designed by God to Move

Summertime has arrived and the health clubs are advertising to get members to “get in shape for the beach”. Unfortunately for many, it ends up a fleeting incentive to sustain activity over time. Over the years I have been involved in educating and training thousands of individuals and organizations to be more physically active. A […]

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Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

May 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

April 22 was the annual Earth Day celebration and many valuable seminars, lectures, and exhibits were provided around the country to increase the awareness of the challenges facing our environment. However, there were also some of the more radical views expressed such as the call for “nature rights”. Examples highlighted were a river in New […]

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Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

April 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

Many continue to raise questions about the Church’s role and expertise in addressing environmental issues. Eyebrows were recently raised with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences workshop on “How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend” and with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) letter to the U.S. Secretary of State regarding environmental […]

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The Catholic Church’s Coaching Tree

March 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Catholic Church’s Coaching Tree

In the years of teaching RCIA, one of the more lively sessions concerns the issues of authority between Sacred Scripture and Holy Tradition and how we Catholics accept both. A major sticking point for many Protestant catechumens is acknowledging the historical authority of apostolic succession. In turn, there is often a false perception that there […]

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