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Do You Believe?

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” These are the words we hear Elizabeth say to Mary at the end of the Gospel today. About ten chapters and thirty years later in the Gospel of… Continue Reading “Do You Believe?”

The Opening Act: a faumily for the Third Sunday of Advent

When I was about 15, my older sister took me to see U2 live in concert. It was their Joshua Tree tour. I had actually only been to one other concert before that, which was the Monkees 25th Anniversary Tour. So, yeah, this was… Continue Reading “The Opening Act: a faumily for the Third Sunday of Advent”

The City and the Desert: a faux homily for the second Sunday of Advent

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.  Glory to you, O Lord.  In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and… Continue Reading “The City and the Desert: a faux homily for the second Sunday of Advent”

Taking a Stand

Yesterday I officially became a candidate for the diaconate in the diocese of Steubenville. It is a great honor! After posting some pictures of the Candidacy Mass on Instagram, I received a number of congratulations from friends, as well as comments asking, “had you… Continue Reading “Taking a Stand”

The Highs and Lows of Being Catholic

How can I sum my experience at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland this past week? Perhaps a British author said it best: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” I must confess that I generally avoid… Continue Reading “The Highs and Lows of Being Catholic”

25 Years of Steubenville Summer Conferences

I vividly remember the summer of 1994, a summer that would change my life forever. I had just graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL (just north of Orlando) with a degree in theater, and was busy playing bars with my band and… Continue Reading “25 Years of Steubenville Summer Conferences”

On the Feast of the Transfiguration

One of the best things I’ve ever created (other my kids, which was not a solo venture) was writing Between the Savior and the Sea, a novel that tells the Gospel story from the eyes of Simon Peter. I’m always thrilled when someone comes up to me… Continue Reading “On the Feast of the Transfiguration”

Held Aloft by a Thousand Hands

These past few weeks… it is hard to describe the emotions I’ve felt. If someone asked me how I feel, I’d probably say, everything. I’ve felt joy and pain, anger and peace, questions and comfort. My dad was a wonderful man, one of my… Continue Reading “Held Aloft by a Thousand Hands”

A Doctor in the House

I’m flying high from a successful defense of my dissertation yesterday. Literally, I’m flying on a plane home from England as I’m writing this. And by the way, that is the proper use of the word “literally” because 1) it is not a metaphor… Continue Reading “A Doctor in the House”

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