PHOTO: Me and Clayton Farris, who plays "Sonny", on the "Ask J" set.  There was a time when adolescence was considered to be a moment of asking the Great Questions in life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why is there suffering in the world? In previous generations they'd ask family members, a [...]

I have had many ask about what I thought about the new Star Wars movie, so I'll take a brief break from my dissertation work to share a few thoughts. Here is my spoiler free summary: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a fun, action-packed, and wonderful return to the Star Wars universe. New characters and clever plot twists [...]

I was doing a gig in Venice, Florida where I met this amazing guy named Andrea Molinari (yes, it's a guy's name). We have a lot of things in common: we love Jesus, Catholicism, our family, role-playing games, and comic books, just to name a few. Well, he just got a set of comic books [...]

Over the past few months of travel I've gotten to talk to three different couples who have dealt with infertility. One couple just adopted a baby; the other two were praying about it. Infertility is a difficult cross for a couple to bear and I think many times we (as a society) are insensitive about it. [...]

This morning’s Gospel reading is the famous story of the Good Samaritan. After mentioning that we must “love our neighbor as ourself” a scholar asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus tells the story of a man who was beaten by robbers and left by the side of the road to die. A priest and [...]

This morning’s Gospel reading is the famous story of the Good Samaritan. After mentioning that we must “love our neighbor as ourself” a scholar asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus tells the story of a man who was beaten by robbers and left by the side of the road to die. A priest and [...]

I've had the blessed opportunity of collaborating with my friend Bob Lesnefsky, aka "Righteous B", for almost 15 years now. We first met while he was helping with the Steubenville Youth Conferences. He became a youth minister in a neighboring parish to where I was doing youth ministry and we often ran combined retreats and events. [...]

I'm excited to say we've come to the end of another year of videos in the VCAT series. Last year we had twelve videos on the creed, this year twelve on the sacraments. We're half way there! As I travel around the country, it's great to hear how many people are using these in ministry. [...]

Sometimes I write scripts and something special happens. I originally wrote this script to introduce the "sacraments of healing": Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. We decided to tell the famous story of Mark 2:12 because it includes both the forgiveness of sins and a physical healing. This Gospel story beautifully shows how the two [...]