Those Who Have Eyes to See

I read a comment last week on a blog review of Harry Potter that said, somewhat tongue in cheek, “I’ve read all the books but seen none of the movies….All the serious theological stuff must be in the movies.” And a follow-up comment questioned whether the author intended the messages...

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to a friend in Wisconsin. A real letter—using a pen and paper. I used to write letters all the time, but now it’s really a rarity. And as much as I enjoyed picking out the stationery I would use and the feel of my favorite fountain pen gliding across the paper, I...

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...

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