Report from LA REC

Earlier this month I attended my fourth annual LA Religious Ed Congress in Anaheim. As always it was a full and fruitful event. With over 40,000 in attendance (15,000 on Youth Day), there was always something to do or someone to talk to. Here are a few of the many highlights: Never Alone, Always...

The Greatest Gift of All

When my daughter Monica turned 16 earlier this month, I thought long and hard about the best way to make her “sweet 16” a special occasion. I thought about hosting a surprise birthday party for her, or a family dinner, or giving her a special, memorable gift. The only problem with having a family...

The Way of the Cross

We come to walk with you, Jesus, confident that following your journey to the cross will lead us closer to God’s loving heart. In your bruised face and wounded body, we have a powerful image of God’s extraordinary care for us. Saints like Francis of Assisi shed streams of tears as they contemplated the...

Hope: A World Afire

I just returned from an incredible weekend at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. This is my seventh year attending, and each year I return home inspired and awed. This year was the first time I had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremonies. The theme of the event was Hope: A World Afire,...

Behold the Ark

Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to New York with fellow journalists to get a glimpse of director Darren Aronofsky’s vision for his film Noah, which hits theaters March 28. One evening, we made a visit to Long Island to see a replica of the ark and meet with Aronofsky. (We also had a brief...

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