Know Peace

Many talk about it, most want it, few have it. You know--peace. So, why is it so hard to come by these days?

We've done a pretty good job convincing ourselves that peace will eventually come with financial security, good health, family stability and retirement. And while all of those things are certainly good, they will never bring us what we're after.

Peace, friends, comes in building our house on rock--not sand (Matt 7:24). Those few goods I named above, you know--the sand, cannot hold life's foundation. But the rock can.

So what is the rock?


Build your foundation on him. Spend time with him this third week of Advent in silent prayer, so the foundation he brings--the foundation of peace--will be born anew into your hearts this Christmas.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

Pray big

We disappoint God when we don't ask big things of him. There, I said it.

Do we think He can't handle it? Do we think God really can't change that persons heart most in need of change? Do we think He can't move the mountain of hurt or un-forgiveness in our lives? Do we think He can't bring healing to our marriage?

Do we really believe that the God of the universe--Alpha and Omega--the One who Is,
Was, and Ever Will Be--is not bursting at the seems to make big things happen, today?

If you don't, than we're not reading the same Bible.

Pray big my friends. God can handle it.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

Thank you

My wife says I'm the most emotional guy she's ever met (it's one of the reasons she said she married me). I laugh hard, I cry harder, and most people can always guess what kind of mood I'm in just by looking at me.

It's with that most sincere emotion that I want to say--thank you.

Thank you for allowing me into your lives.

If I've noticed anything over these years of travel it's that people are busy. Very busy. And through your busy schedules and hard-working lives you've made room for me, my family and what little reminders of Christ's un-failing love we can offer.

This Thanksgiving, know that Teresa, Joseph and I will give many thanks to God for you.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

Find a way

In reading the lives of the saints I've found that they all have (see what I did there?) a few things in common. In fact, sharing these commonalities is one of my favorite things to do while on the road.

But there's one more I need to add. And it's this: The saints always found a way to holiness.

No matter the joy, no matter the struggle, the saints lived with their eyes fixated on the Lord. And we should, too.

So, as we wind down the week, ask yourself what your present situation is. Then, ask Him to sanctify it. It's not always easy, but who said it would be?

Always be assured of my family's prayers for you. Please remember us in yours.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

How not to evangelize

Virtually everywhere I go I get asked for some quick and easy tips to get someone's loved one(s) back to Church. My answer is always the same--love Jesus more tomorrow than you did today.

To often, with our loved ones, we make evangelization about saying the right thing, or worse, simply winning the argument. That's NOT how to evangelize.

When we get in the way Jesus gets left out. And as we continually remind each other--it's not about us. It's about him. The sooner we fall in greater love with Jesus, the sooner others (i.e. family and friends) will want what we have and love him, too.

So this week, get to know Jesus better. Know him in the Eucharist. Know him in his mercy in the confessional. Know him in Scripture. Know him through his mother. Know him so well that your heart burns for him each and everyday.

Others will see, and hearts will change.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.

Ever wonder why?

Have you ever been asked, why--why you in fact worship and love God? St. Bernard of Clairvaux was, and he responded in the most beautiful of ways. He said in his masterpiece On Loving God:

"We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable."

For one of the greatest minds the Church has ever known we don't love God because He gives us things.

That's why we love Santa, and God isn't Santa. We love God because without Him, you and I don't make sense.

And when this love is manifested within our very lives (each day) we become more authentically ourselves. It's precisely what you and I have been created for, the eternal embrace of God (heaven!).

But the road isn't easy. That's why we need to help each other along the way. Pray for me, and know I'm praying for you.

Friends, be confident in Christ's mercy and love.