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“The conference ‘high’ wears off fast,” one dad told me the week after the record-breaking 1,100-man-strong diocesan men’s conference earlier this month, “and … more
Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel” is a 50,000-word treasure trove and arguably his blueprint for the church today, but two words have been ringing in my head ever since I first laid eyes on … more
“Dad,” my 9-year-old son yelled over his brothers and sisters from the back seat on a recent drive home from town, “this is where we heard on the radio that Dallas lost to the … more
As I paid for two bags of groceries at my Safeway the other day, the cashier looked up and asked, “Do you need help getting these to your car?” I was speechless. A few seconds passed before I … more
As a dad of young children, I sometimes think that my wife and I are workers at a muddy and chaotic construction site — setting (I hope) solid foundations. Every once in a while we emerge from … more
The fire-and-brimstone sermon has gone from being a common fixture of Christian life for our great-grandparents to a much rarer occurrence today. Perhaps that’s why Pope Francis’ pre-Christmas … more
“What’s your favorite time of the year?” I asked my 7-year-old son the other day. Without a pause, he nearly shouted, “Christmas Eve.” Fellow dads, listen up. We can read our kids’ … more
Here is a bit of non-news: Americans today are decidedly overwhelmed, self-absorbed and hyper-social. We download apps to monitor our breathing, sleeping and our every move. We are overscheduled. We … more
Perhaps we all crisscross through three zones of evangelization in our daily lives. “Zone 1” is our home and friendly environs. Here we interact with family and friends — our inner circle. … more
I often talk to fellow dads who struggle with staying attentive in Mass. These fellow schlubs fall roughly into three groups: distracted (glaring at their children), day-dreamers (vacant eyes), and … more
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