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#icebucketchallenge

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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

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

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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 »

The One

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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 »

It's Not About the Presents...

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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 »

#cellphoneprobz

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I love my cell phone as much as anyone else does. If you ask my wife and my kids, they will tell you that I love it too much, and sadly I must agree; it’s a challenge for me to set it aside for any significant amount of time. But I’m sure you understand, right? People might be calling me, texting me, tweeting important things, posting awesome Facebook status updates and/or pics, and publishing cool Instagram photos! I, for one, certainly don’t want to miss anything. And of course I’m regularly updating, too, so that the world knows what’s going on with me – since inquiring minds need to know. The temptation to look at and use my cell phone is awfully strong…besides, what time is it? What is the latest weather forecast? Is it my turn to play in Words with Friends? Read more »

You Give Love…A Good Name?

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I know that I'm dating myself (not romantically, of course!) when I tell you this, but back in '86 when I was a young, hip, and trendy 23-year old, the song  "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi was all over the radio.  Yes, I know...it's still on the oldies & classic rock stations :( but some day Ke$ha will be, too :).  As most of you know, the lyrics include these lines -

Shot through the heart
And you're to blame
Darlin'
You give love a bad name
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