Taking the Next Step

“Come have breakfast.” – Jesus (John 21:12). Of all the incredible stories and passages that are read during the Easter Readings, this is the one verse that stood out to me for the entire Easter Season. It comes from the story of Jesus appearing to...

The Challenge With Saying “YES”

When I was younger, the greatest challenge in my prayer life was learning to hear the voice of God and follow the Holy Spirit’s movements. As I have grown older, I have found that hearing God is not the difficult task – it’s saying,...

ANNOUNCING the Release of Freedom!

Several years ago I mentored a small group of high school boys. We met weekly for Bible study, fellowship, shared prayer and discipleship. There came a time when the issue of sexual impurity was brought up and I wanted to begin to discuss this issue with them. I...

Planned Parenthood – the Enemy of Chastity

If you have been following the news this past summer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America has found themselves in a very big scandal. They are currently facing congressional hearings and the prospect of losing their $528.4 million annual government funding due to...

Religious Education for Teenagers? What the Heck Were We Thinking?

Note: This Blog is adapted from a book that I am currently writing entitled, The Catholic Youth Ministry Problem. Please pray for the success of this book as it is currently being reviewed by publishers. I have been working in youth ministry for nearly a decade. Over...

The Catholic Youth Ministry Problem

The following blog is an excerpt from a book that I am writing on the problems in Catholic Youth Ministry in the Church today. Please pray for the book and its success – it is currently under review with my publisher… One afternoon, I was sitting at my...

The Best Dating Advice I Have Ever Received

It never ceases to amaze me how many people I know who end up in bad dating relationships. Not only are the relationships unhealthy for them, but for whatever reason, they are attached to the relationship and don’t want it to end. I received an email from a young...

Love Has Labels

There’s a campaign that has gone viral on YouTube recently called, “Love Has No Labels.” Chances are you have seen the video (at least 45 million have). The campaign attempts to encourage people to overcome their prejudices and to accept people for who they are...

A Lesson In Relational Ministry

Several years ago, I found myself sitting in a gay bar, playing bingo with drag queens, shooting pool with gay men, and conversing with people I never thought I would ever have a conversation with. It was – initially – a very awkward experience. I don’t enjoy hanging...

Did Pope Francis Really Say That?

I love Pope Francis and I know I’m not the only one. From the moment he was elected at the conclave nearly two years ago, it seems that everyone—including the media, the non-religious and the fallen-away Catholics—fell in love with him. He is simple, down to earth,...