Matthew Kelly: On Faith and Fatherhood

I had the pleasure of interviewing internationally known author, motivational speaker and lifelong Catholic Matthew Kelly for the August issue of St. Anthony Messenger.  Many know the Australian-born Matthew as a dynamic and impassioned voice in the Catholic world, but I was disarmed by how grounded he...

A Collective Church Online?

Media fascinates me whether print, online, television, movies, podcasts, UStream, Kindle…I use them all. My career is based on understanding how consumers buy, use and interact with media. If you ask my son, he’ll complain, “My mom is either on her cell phone or some computer!” But, as Catholics,...

The Beatitudes: Eight Attitudes That Open Us to God’s Saving Love

“Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus does not comfort the proud, but those broken in spirit. He assures them that they are the true recipients of God’s saving love. In the Old Testament, God’s poor are called the anawim, the...

Friends in unexpected places

Isn’t it interesting the way God puts people in our lives? We are gifted with the right people just when we need them–and they often defy our expectations. Last weekend I was in New York for the wedding of a dear friend. He and I worked together in 1997 in Fort Wayne, Ind., when both of us were...

Walking With God

Earlier this year I had the brilliant idea (insert sarcastic tone) that I was going to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Now, before I take you any farther down this road, let me give you three reasons this may have been an ill-conceived idea from the outset. I haven’t run—no, make that...

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