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SexED: What is happening in our schools?

In 2008, the government passed the Affordable Care Act – popularly known as Obamacare – which includes over $75 million set aside for state funding of sexual education and “risk reduction” programs for high school students. The left side of politics loves to promote...

I Love You – BUT DON’T TOUCH ME!

Tell me if this sounds familiar: “Sex is bad and dirty and it angers God if you do it before you get married. You must practice self-control by never thinking about sex, lest you anger God and violate his commands in the Bible. Sex should only be done in marriage, in...

Four keys to finding love (for men)

Even though I am a man, I find it much more difficult to coach men instead of women in the area of love. Learning lessons about love and manhood requires a certain amount of self-reflection. Learning to be a man who loves requires sitting at the cross and learning...

The Four Keys to finding Love (for women)

A little over a year ago, my wife and I gave birth to our third child – our first baby girl. While I love each of my children in their own unique way, I will say that having a daughter does something to you as a father. You worry more about your daughter. You feel an...

5 Secrets of Successful Dating

There is a strange phenomenon that has happened in our culture, where the elderly, weathered and wise have been labeled as “old” and “obsolete”. We are one of the few cultures in the history of civilization that does not value the elderly for their wisdom. You would...

Where are all the Real Men?

I was at an amusement park with my kids recently, where I observed a guy and a girl holding hands. The couple couldn’t have been older than 15.The girl led the guy up to a booth where the goal was to knock over a stack of bottles with a baseball. If you knock over the...

My YDisciple Testimony

In the Fall of 2011 I decided I wanted to try something different in youth ministry. I had been a Director of Youth Ministry for nearly 6 years, over the span of two parishes. In both parishes, I ran a typical large group youth ministry –revolving around Sunday...

What the Catholic Church Could Learn from Ron Paul

Let me start by saying this article is neither political in nature nor an endorsement of any political position. The Presidential election ended a few short months ago and the inauguration of our President is still fresh on everyone’s minds. In this last election, Ron...

My Encounter with John Paul II

“Only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of love.” – John Paul II Nine years ago, I found myself in Rome, waiting in line with millions of people, hoping to get a glimpse of the late Pope John Paul II. John Paul was a hero of mine and I happened to...

Five Reasons Teens Are Not Coming to Your Youth Ministry

Having trouble with attracting teens into your parish youth ministry? Attracting teens to parish programming can be a daunting task, but it is not impossible. We simply need to listen to the excuses that they are giving for not coming. Here are five common reasons...