Importance of Saying the Rosary

I had a great chat with Sean Herriot this morning on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air.” We talked about the importance of praying the Rosary and I shared some insights from my own life in regard to the necessity and benefits of this beautiful form of prayer and meditation.

For me, there are three main components of praying the Rosary:

1. Educative: When we pray the Mysteries of the Rosary, we (more…)

Why say the Rosary?

Why say the Rosary? Listen to Relevant Radio’s Morning Air with host Sean Herriot tomorrow, Thursday, June 27 at 8:40am CST and you’ll find out. Sean and I will be chatting about the importance of saying the Rosary as part of Morning Air’s Fornight for Freedom programming. You can listen Read more…

No one is useless in the Church, Pope Francis tells us

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Pope Francis’ General Audience address is packed with words of wisdom and encouragement (as usual), but there is one line that especially sticks with me. “This tells us that no one is useless in the Church – no on is useless in the Church! – and should anyone chance to say, some one of you, ‘Get home with you, you’re useless!’ that is not true,” he said earlier today at the Vatican.

No one is useless in the Church. I like this because it can (more…)

Gardening and Spirituality

spirituality, spiritual exercises, Catholic, rosaryIt was an accident, actually – one of those things that come upon you when your mind in in a totally different realm, and God takes you by surprise and snatches you up. The “accident” I’m referring to is my new spiritual exercise.

The exercise began with my new “job” this summer, which is to plant and tend the garden boxes in our back and side yards. That’s (more…)

Pope Francis on Unity

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Today in his Wednesday Audience address, Pope Francis spoke with strength and conviction about unity – unity within the Church as the Body of Christ, unity among denominations, unity among peoples, and unity within the family.

When I think about the word “unity,” I’m immediately drawn to the first and last letters – u and y. I see them as not only letters in a word, but also as symbols of the words that they phonetically represent: you and why. I use this as a mnemonic device to remind myself of our calling as (more…)

Book Basket

In recent months, I’ve been sent some fantastic books to review. The problem is, I have so much on my plate right now that I haven’t had a chance to give these wonderful tomes the attention they deserve! So, I put them in my basket of books awaiting review, hoping that magic will happen and they will review themselves. They didn’t, and so here in my virtual Book Basket, I’ll try to give them at least some well-deserved play. (more…)

Morning Air at 6:15am CST

Join Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” host Sean Herriot and I tomorrow, June 13 at 6:15am CST as we chat about Mary and Joseph as a model of holy parenthood for dads. “Mary as a model for fathers?” you gasp. That’s right! Listen live or catch the podcast later to find Read more…