Driving Miss Susan

For the past couple weeks, I’ve not been able to drive due to some medical issues. That means I’m at the mercy of friends and family to transport me wherever I go. At first I felt awful about the whole situation. I felt I was inconveniencing people and being a burden. I’m beholden to them...

Come on, Parents

I have a confession to make. As much as I love my kids, I don’t like going to their sports games. It has nothing to do with the kids. It has everything to do with the parents. A few weeks ago, a dad from one of our school’s teams was ejected for yelling at the umpire. The coach was also...

I Love This Job

“Mr. Sparks is on the line.” That was what I heard in my headset while I was waiting for my interview with author Nicholas Sparks. He had agreed to an interview with St. Anthony Messenger in conjunction with the release of the film The Lucky One based on his┬ánovel by the same name. When I had...

A Good Friday Tradition

Tomorrow morning, I will be gathering up my oldest daughter’s Girl Scout troop and heading to the base of one of Cincinnati’s many hills. Our goal? To pray the steps leading to Holy Cross-Immaculata Parish in Mt. Auburn. It is a┬álocal tradition that I have known since childhood when my dad, who...

Many Parts, One Body

For the past few days, I have been making my way around the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California. It is my first time here, and to say that it is an amazing experience is an understatement. Catholics from different countries. Catholics from 48 of the 50 U.S. states. (One of the...

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