Five Choices

I listened to a Franklin Covey webinar about being more productive last week during my lunch break. (I’m a bit of a productivity nut.) I came away very inspired by five choices to keep in mind every day: Act on the important; don’t react to the urgent. This is especially true when dealing with...

From a Flicker to a Flame

Sometimes (actually, a lot of times), it’s nice to be reminded of the many good people out there doing many good deeds for those in need. While visiting my childhood parish, St. Luke’s in Beavercreek, Ohio, a few weekends ago, I got to see firsthand God’s work in action. Dee Adinaro is a shining...

Waiting for Inspiration

A number of years ago I bought a book called The Clockwork Muse. It was designed to encourage writers and other “creative” types to work to a deadline, not sit around waiting for their muse to appear. It specifically addressed the problem of having a large project—a book, a dissertation—to complete....

Lurking in the Locker Room

We welcome guest blogger Mike Hayes, a campus minister and spiritual director at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo, New York.  “Click-clack, click-clack, click-click-click. Click-clack, click-clack, click-click-click.”   I looked up when I heard the sound and there he was, Yankeee first baseman...

Memories of Padua

As the feast of St. Anthony (June 13) draws near, my memories go back to Padua where I spent several days in 2006. I had the opportunity to stay for a few days in the large friary of the Conventual Franciscan Friars. The friary stands right next to the magnificent Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua. I was able...

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