Category: Personal

Alive Again

It seemed that my previous blog about “getting better” was a bit pre-mature. The bronchitis came back with a vengeance, and was only relieved by the two things that Jesus says are necessary to expel serious demons: prayer and steroids. I just finished the… Continue Reading “Alive Again”

I’ve got to admit, it’s getting better…

This is the summer of sickness for me. Allergies attacked in June, now bronchitis in July. I think it’s safe to say I was sicker yesterday than I remember being since receiving Pete the friendly parasite (yes, I named him) from Haiti in 2009.… Continue Reading “I’ve got to admit, it’s getting better…”

Because imitation is the highest form of flattery

Had a wonderful time in Virginia Beach last weekend, and was especially honored when the youth group of Christ the King Parish in Norfolk presented me with a music video that parodies one of my songs! No one has ever done that for me… Continue Reading “Because imitation is the highest form of flattery”

Greetings from Virginia Beach

In retrospect, June was a pretty hectic month. I spoke at conferences in both Halifax and Phoenix, and did five Steubenville Conferences, one of them being a week long. So this week I’m relaxing with family and friends in Virginia Beach and we’re having… Continue Reading “Greetings from Virginia Beach”

Rest in Peace, Tyler Peltier

If you are not a part of the Franciscan community, then you might not have heard that one of our recent graduates died last week. His name was Tyler Peltier. Apparently he died of a heart attack while biking. He just graduated in May… Continue Reading “Rest in Peace, Tyler Peltier”

When allergies attack

Last weekend was the first high school youth conference of the summer. It’s something I look forward to all year. The first half of the weekend was amazing!!! And then… Allergies. So on Saturday afternoon I went for a run. That’s right kids—you can’t… Continue Reading “When allergies attack”

Radiant Joy

These past few days, I was blessed to be a part of the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention, sponsored by Life Teen. The theme of the conference was “Radiant Joy.” What surprised me about my experience at the conference was that it was so…… Continue Reading “Radiant Joy”

Out of the frying pan and into the fire…

…or at least that’s what it feels like. Literally. I left 90 degree weather in Steubenville, OH yesterday to be in 100 degree weather in Phoenix, AZ. They’ll tell you it’s a dry heat here, as if that makes any actual difference. My allergies… Continue Reading “Out of the frying pan and into the fire…”

A thought on Memorial Day

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up to and including my life.”  I celebrate today with sincere gratitude for all who served and even died… Continue Reading “A thought on Memorial Day”

Sleep Depravation

According to current US Government and Military guidelines, a prisoner must be allowed to get four hours of sleep every twenty-four hours or it is considered “torture.” Sleep depravation is one of the most popular and effective forms of torture—keeping someone awake for over… Continue Reading “Sleep Depravation”