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Paul Masek's picture

Yes, I have been challenged to have a bucket of ice water poured over my head… multiple times. And don’t worry – I accepted the challenge.  But before I share footage of an ice water soaked me with the world, I’d like to share my thoughts, which simply don’t fit within the confines of a video.

First and foremost, I think it's awesome that's so much awareness is being raised about ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  For those who do not know too much about this debilitating disease, you can learn more about it here – and when you do, please say a prayer for all who are suffering. 

Secondly, I think it is hilarious to watch so many people get doused with ice water. That's my kind of humor, folks!  I especially like all of the fails! Read more »

Practical Lenten Ideas

Paul Masek's picture

Today is Ash Wednesday.  And it’s not the feast day of your favorite Pokemon trainer, either.



Sorry, I couldn’t resist sharing this image, which always makes me smirk.

As you know, it’s the first day of Lent!

Lent is a gift, and every year the Church gives us this gift so that we can focus on improving our own personal relationships with God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Read more »


richardjoubert's picture

In our experience as Christians, we know very well temptation exists. No human being can escape from temptation. Everywhere we go and in everything we do, we are constantly surrounded by temptations- cheating, drugs, alcohol, lust, lying, premarital and extramarital sex, envy, anger, and etc. Our challenge, as Christians, is to resist and overcome temptation in order to attain and participate in a share life with God. However simple as it may sound, we know this to be no easy feat. In fact, Jesus never said being a disciple would be easy. Instead, He told his disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whomever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). Read more »

The One

Paul Masek's picture

In our retreat work with high school students, sometimes we allow students to ask us questions – anonymously – by writing them on index cards. The questions can be about anything that we've discussed on the retreat so far: freedom in Christ, how to help a friend, how to keep your faith alive, chastity, love, sex, dating and/or relationships. The questions can also be completely random: what did you have for breakfast, what is your favorite color, who is your favorite Disney princess (spoiler alert – mine is Ariel, The Little Mermaid), or anything else. It's a great session, because lots of people have lots of questions that they might not ever ask out loud, but about which they secretly wonder.  Inquiring minds, after all, need to know.

As one of the married people on our retreat team, sometimes I get asked, "How did you know that your wife was 'the one' for you to marry?" Read more »

Meet the Intern: Richard

richardjoubert's picture

Howdy y’all!

My name is Richard Joubert. I am the new Spring 2014 Intern for the Office of Youth Ministry! So, who am I and what am I doing here? Read more »

I'm Done Wasting Time

Tony Phillips's picture


I can’t believe there’s only eight days until Christmas.  I’m not running short on shopping time; all my presents are bought and wrapped under the tree.  I’m not running out of time to decorate the house; that’s been done since the day after thanksgiving.  I’m running out of time to pray.  All the preparations I’ve done for Christmas and I forgot the most important thing I need to prepare, my heart. 

So here it is one week until Christmas and I haven’t done a thing.  It’s time to cram.  I have 7 days (in my family we start Christmas celebrations with breakfast on the 24th) to do the work I should have been doing for the last two and half weeks.  If I want Christmas to be a real time of encounter with the Christ-child who came to save us, I’m left with no other recourse than to take drastic measures.  Read more »

It's Not About the Presents...

Paul Masek's picture

If you’re like me, there are certain phrases you heard from your parents all of the time when you were growing up…things like:

“Eat all of your vegetables.”
“There are starving people in China.”
“Life isn’t fair.”
“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
“Shut the door…were you raised in a barn?”
“This is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you.”
“As long as you live under my roof, you’ll live by my rules.”

And the ever popular “Because I said so.Read more »

I'm Not Beautiful

Kathleen McGovern's picture

I’m not beautiful. While looking in the mirror it’s super easy to note that I’m quite a few too many L-Bs for my short 5 foot 4 frame and my double chin makes a grand appearance in every photo. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing published a study that showed that “more than 80 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat”and even some people on the internet say they would rather take 10 years off of their life than be fat. When all of that is taken into account you can surmise that the way I look is practically every woman’s nightmare. I’m not beautiful. Read more »

Zacchaeus and the Red Sox

Fr. Brian Fallon's picture

"Did I tell you about the time I snuck into Game 6 of the '75 Series?"

Uh, no, Dad. You kinda forgot to mention that. (Why is it that parents always tell the same old stories, but always forget to tell the good ones?!)

For those that don't know, Game 6 of the 1975 World Series is one of the most famous games in baseball history. Sox vs. Reds, with Cincinnati leading the series 3-2. Boston needed to win the game lest the "Curse of the Bambino" continue for another year.

YES, my dad is from Boston. Yes, I'm a closet Sox fan. But while I'm rooting for the Cardinals during this year's World Series, my dad's rooting for Boston-- and going in the Witness Protection Program.

Here's the story of the '75 Series: Read more »

God Come To My Assitance: The Story Behind the Photo

Fr. Thomas Pastorius's picture

God Come to Our Assistance,

It has been a while since I have blogged for this site.  I had worked up at a time a whole series of blogs based on the Gospel of Mark and then somehow I deleted them all before I could post them.  I actually think I left them on a flash drive and lost the flash drive.  I have learned my lesson from that and now I am back.  Instead of writing about the Gospel of Mark though, I thought I would share with you some reflections on different stories that I have come across. 

The following story I found on a blog called: “Chastity Project”.   The words in bold are direct quotes from the blog and my commentary follows in ordinary type. 


The Story Behind the Photo Read more »