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Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part II

October 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part II

In my previous post (Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I), I discussed the idea of “The Competitive Christian” and God’s call to use our competitive nature on our journey towards heaven. We recognized our opponent, identified the importance of practice, emphasized the transference of competition to the spiritual realm, and touched on the idea of striving […]

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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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The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

October 8, AD2017 3 Comments
The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

Two years ago, my mother-in-law entered a hospice facility. She was afraid to die and afraid to be alone, so I stayed at the hospice center with her. One of her friends came everyday around noon to relieve me and then I’d go back later in the afternoon and stay the night. After about ten […]

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Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

September 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

I was privileged enough to play collegiate baseball for four years and professionally for two years before riding into the sunset of retirement where the real challenge began- figuring out how to relate my athletic experience to everyday life. My whole athletic life was spent striving for goals that were physically attainable if I put […]

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What Our TV Shows Say About Us

September 4, AD2017 3 Comments
What Our TV Shows Say About Us

I live in Portugal and both children and adults watch countless hours of TV a week, I would bet more than in the United States. Some people like to have the TV on constantly “for company” and few children have their TV viewing limited. Most of the TV shows watched in Portugal are American with […]

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A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

August 31, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

Recently, two great musicians passed away: Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Both committed suicide. Chester Bennington was a huge fan of Cornell when he was younger. At one point he even got to tour with Cornell. In his open letter to Chris Cornell after his death, Mr. Bennington wrote, “You have inspired me in many […]

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Who Am I? A Sinner

Who Am I?  A Sinner

Early on in the pontificate of Pope Francis, during an interview, when asked who he was Pope Francis responded with the statement “I am a sinner.”  At the time, this statement was used in the U.S., to exclaim the humbleness and relatable-ness of Pope Francis to the everyday person.  In the light of recent events […]

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A Father Remembered

August 2, AD2017 3 Comments
A Father Remembered

I was in shock standing in the front pew of the church at my father’s service (a traditional funeral was not held). Monsignor was at the podium saying kind words about the departed. But he knew my family’s situation for almost a decade before this day. The turmoil and chaos in my household was something […]

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In Anxiety, Little Girl Get Up and Trust Like Mary Did

July 31, AD2017 0 Comments
In Anxiety, Little Girl Get Up and Trust Like Mary Did

He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. [At that] they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be […]

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Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

July 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

I will never forget the trauma which my vision problems gave me growing up. I had myopia and astigmatism which made every eye test a humiliating experience. Nearly every kid in the class had better vision than I did.  They would read off the letters like brushing their teeth while I stumbled and fumbled through […]

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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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Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

May 13, AD2017 24 Comments
Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

Since mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles,  concern for mental health cannot simply be relegated to the secular sphere, especially during Mental Health Awareness month in May. I admit the topic of how and why Catholics experience mental illness might seem completely irrelevant to most Catholics. […]

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Pornography and Mortification

May 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Pornography and Mortification

Pornography as we know it is still a very new reality. New studies come out with frequency that reveal pornography’s harmful effects on users. Addictions used to be thought of as only linked to substances, but we now know that what triggers pleasure in the brain without any substance, such as pornography, can also cause […]

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Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

April 30, AD2017 6 Comments
Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

I started off Lent with lofty plans on boosting my prayer life, a firm purpose of amendment to avoid sin and to fast. I failed miserably on every level, sinking into the comforting thought that I am simply enduring the dark night of the soul. I reasoned that I am experiencing what St. John of […]

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Chastity of Time

April 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Chastity of Time

Overwhelmed In their book, “Overwhelmed:  How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity,” authors Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory, evangelical Christians, offer readers a plan for reordering their lives away from a constant state of feeling overwhelmed.  I have not read the book but spent a half hour of “mom time” (waiting in a […]

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40 Days for Life: Standing Athwart History

April 6, AD2017 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: Standing Athwart History

William F. Buckley Jr., the patron saint of American conservatism, famously described the mission of his magazine, National Review, as “stand(ing) athwart history yelling ‘stop’”.  The pith of this quote is an easy glide through self-deprecating caricature into political imperative and then deep into psychological-spiritual truth. The Truths of Progress Of course to dissent from […]

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When the Loss of a Loved One Leads to Depression

March 22, AD2017 1 Comment
When the Loss of a Loved One Leads to Depression

Even St. John of the Cross experienced depression. Take a look at Dark Night of the Soul if you’ve never read it. Mother Teresa was depressed for 50 years. She once said, “The place of God in my soul is blank. There is no God in me. When the pain of longing is so great—I […]

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God’s Gotcha

March 6, AD2017 2 Comments
God’s Gotcha

When I was a kid, I would go to Mass and stand up in the back of the church with my foot up against the wall. I thought I was a tough guy. I wasn’t. Going To Mass Mr. O was an usher. It seemed he would look for me and that he was at […]

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Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

January 25, AD2017 24 Comments
Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

I recently came across several articles which were based upon a large amount of excellent data that the Center for Disease Control collects annually. Thousands of students in grades 9-12 across the nation self-report the frequency of sexual activity, usage of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and weapons, and the amount of physical activity they undertake. This […]

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Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

January 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time: Facing Depression

I left Hawaii’s extraordinary climate just before the New Year to be with my 90-year-old parents on the wintry east coast near Philadelphia. I arrived the day after my father was admitted to what my mother refers to as “the mental hospital.” Committed It’s my father’s first time in such a facility. He was committed […]

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Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

December 1, AD2016 1 Comment
Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

In the Hospital I was not just in the hospital but in the “Psychiatric Unit” of the hospital. This is what happened to me on Christmas Eve, 2003. I was granted a pass to go home either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It wasn’t much of a choice but I chose the second option. This […]

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I Have Cancer But Please, Don’t Kill My Baby to Save Me

October 30, AD2016 24 Comments
I Have Cancer But Please, Don’t Kill My Baby to Save Me

Contrary to popular reporting, Breast Cancer does not necessarily mean a death sentence for baby or mother. The truth of the matter is that both can safely live. If you are not aware of this aspect of oncological medicine, it might surprise you to know that this scientific fact is not news at all. Mothers […]

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Have You Had A Mercy Checkup?

September 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Have You Had A Mercy Checkup?

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy officially ends soon (November 20, 2016). Considering that fact, together with Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization, perhaps it is time for a quick mercy checkup. While we still have some time left, let’s see how we’re doing in our individual application of the works of mercy. Under prayerful consideration, what […]

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Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

September 5, AD2016 0 Comments
Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

  Americans today have become health conscious.  We are been conditioned by society – and perhaps for good reason – to start ‘working out,’ or at the very least to ‘stay active.’  Daily exercise should be at the very top of our list of priorities! It seems that no matter what website we visit these days […]

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