November 28, 2017

Last week was Thanksgiving.  And now for the obvious Catholic connection, one that certainly appeared on our social media feeds and favorite religious hipster accounts that we were all tempted to check when the conversation on Thursday turned – probably right after sec...

November 6, 2017

Being a young adult is hard. You can do all the right things: join a parish, sign up for recreation league sports, make friends with your coworkers, but it’s so wildly different than anything in your life up to this point. In the summer of 2014 I was in what one might...

October 30, 2017

This month, one year ago, we turned our 6 month old baby over to the hands of skilled brain surgeons to save her life. They did just that, though over the course of the 12 months to follow, much suffering has ensued as we tried to gain as much information on this rare...

October 23, 2017

Like most young teenagers, I never really allowed myself to deeply ponder the concept of what it meant to “become like one of these little ones” (Mt. 18:3) or more typically to have “faith like a child”.  Like many other teenagers though, it was music that challenged m...

October 16, 2017

At the beginning of the 1987 classic movie The Princess Bride, an old man starts reading an old favorite story to his bedridden grandson. The boy rolls his eyes and asks skeptically "Is this a kissing book?"

If you grew up Catholic you've likely had a similar to images...

October 2, 2017

The little poor man from Assisi, known as Francis, is one of the most biographed humans in history. Countless writers, preachers, and poets have attempted to put into words the life of the beggar who has captivated the imagination of men and women with his radical obse...

September 25, 2017

After 14 months of planning and training, we had finally arrived on the upper slopes of Mount Rainier, an inactive super volcano near Seattle.  After two days of trudging up 9,000 vertical feet of snow and glacier, we neared the top.  The sky was still black at 5:00 AM...

September 19, 2017

Imagine yourself as a child climbing onto the lap of your father and being embraced with such tender compassion.  Whether this was your experience growing up or not, we know intellectually this symbolizes the love a parent has for their child.  Do you believe in your h...

September 11, 2017

“Where were you when the world stopped turnin’ that September day?” – Alan Jackson

“I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church” – Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed

One could be forgiven for wondering what possible connection exists between a country song writer...

September 6, 2017

You’re never too old to practice your scales.

That’s what my music teachers always told me. Even the most advanced musicians can benefit from rehearsing those basic musical patterns. Or, worse, their skills can slowly deteriorate in the background as they go “pff, I kno...

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