The church celebrates the Feast of St. Philip Neri on May 26. I was delighted to discover a treasure chest of his maxims here, which has only stirred up an interest in this unique saint. I read this great post about the Oratory which St. Philip Neri founded and their unique charisms, which led me… Read More


The details of my first visit to the Tomb of the Unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery are permanently etched in my mind. My family and I were on a sight-seeing vacation to Washington, DC and I was a just entering my teen years. I was at that age – you know the one –… Read More


I’m starting something new here at Saints 365!  Each Saturday, I’ll share several blog posts, articles, videos, or podcasts that I have read, watched or listened to the previous week that have touched me.   There is such a wealth of great material in the vast wide world of Catholic writing and I am hoping… Read More


Pope Francis and the Holy Spirit – two of my very favorite things! Below are five of my favorite quotes about the Holy Spirit from our Holy Father. I wonder how different my life would be if I lived out these words in every moment of every day. I wonder how different our church and… Read More


My family and I were blessed this past weekend to attend the Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate in our Diocese. A young man, whose journey to the priesthood we have been privileged to witness and be part of, was being ordained along with three other men. The Ordination Mass was just heavenly. There was so… Read More


 Max Lucado’s children’s book You Are Special (Max Lucado’s Wemmicks) is a favorite of mine and a beautiful story with many facets to it and much to be learned from it. It is a sad story of judgment; of pride and slavery; of sin and brokenness.  It is also a beautiful story of witness and hope –… Read More


At a Sunday afternoon Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis instructed the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to:“Bother your pastors, disturb your pastors, all of us pastors, so that we will give you the milk of grace, of doctrine, and of guidance.” (watch the short 2 minute video of his address below)The Pope spoke these… Read More


Last weekend, my family and I were blessed to attend the “Awakening the Domestic Church Conference” in Norfolk, VA .  There we were privileged to hear Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, who has been the preacher to the Papal Household for the past 30 years, deliver three powerful teachings. I have read many of Fr. Cantalamessa’s books… Read More


Word on Fire just announced Fr. Robert Barron’s next epic film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Learn more at PivotalPlayers.com. Catholic and Loving It Blog… Read More


After more than a year of planning and writing, my newest book, Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World, is now available! (And on my birthday no less!) Although the print version won’t ship for another couple weeks, you can download the Kindle version right now:  http://www.amazon.com/Saints-Social-Justice-Guide-Changing-ebook/dp/B00GFX0WH2/?tag=ththve-20 Check thou it out! Catholic… Read More