Last week was the St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference and it was such a joy to see people from America, Canada, England, Ireland, and even Australia come together to celebrate the faith and be equipped to pass it on more effectively. Of course, the group I got to hang most with are the youth ministers, [...]

This is another instance of how the idea behind the song ended up nothing like the song itself. Believe it or not, the inspiration for this song came from wanting to write something beautiful about the liturgy. But I imagined it to be, well, more liturgical. To be clear, this song might be about the liturgy, [...]

It's been an amazing few weeks for me and my family. If I could sum up what I'm feeling in one word, it would be: gratitude. I just finished my fourth and final youth conference of the summer. I always struggle to find words to express that experience: awesome, life-changing, unforgettable. Even though the theme and [...]

"My old heart that loved sin died 2,000 years ago." I was mentoring a friend through a bible-study designed for people with addictions (settingcaptivesfree.com,) and that phrase jumped of my computer screen and pierced my heart. It was a reflection on the famous words of St. Paul, "I have been crucified with Christ, yet I live, [...]

It was the summer of 1994 when I first set foot on campus at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. I had been hired to speak at a Steubenville Youth Conference, something I hadn't even heard of until a few months before. At that time I had been playing concerts and working at an improv comedy [...]

Last weekend, the Steubenville Summer Conferences began with the Catholic Charismatic Conference, and tomorrow over a thousand young people will come to campus for the summer's first youth conference. People who went to the conference last weekend asked me about the new music I played, and people coming to the youth conferences have been asking [...]

Look what arrived in the mail last week! It's the brand-new, fancy-looking "40-Day Spiritual Workout." Now on paper! I've got a tell you, I am really impressed with the way Servant Publications put this thing together. The cover looks cool, the layout inside is sharp, and the whole book is square! Not "square" as in [...]

Another script has come to life! Man, I love seeing what people do with the words I type. When I wrote this back in January, I intended the idea of being put on trial for being Catholic as an obvious fantasy. But these days it seems closer to reality than before, doesn't it? Regardless, that's [...]