This blog will center around the beauty of Catholicism and how to raise families, evangelize our faith, and fight the ongoing spritual battles that challenge us daily.
You are invited to share your wisdom on these pages with all the readers. Together we will address important life and faith issues and how to enhance our Catholic identity.
Key areas that you will find me addressing regularly will be about important Catholic doctrine and beliefs and how they help us raise strong Catholic Christian families. My hope is that you will learn, enjoy, and be challenged by my posts. You may be informed, amused, or even annoyed, but I hope it will in some way improve your Catholic faith.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I found a web site online that broke out the Bible in easy three to four chapter chunks to read daily. Started on January 1 and ending today. I wasn't perfect but I stayed current and actually finished the great book on Monday while at Perpetual Adoration. I thought that a fitting conclusion.
I can't express to you the joy of not only achieving a lifelong goal but one with such spiritual implications. I now much better understand the New Testament and look forward to studying the entire Bible again with greater awareness.
How about you? Have you ever read the entire Bible? If not, I challenge yo to consider it in 2009. Here is the link I used to help me - http://www.catholicevangelizationweb.org/bible.html
By the way, I have a new "resolution" for 2009. I got out of the habit of blogging in December. Busy times for me with family and work but no excuses. My commitment is to blogging a minimum of twice a week. I hope you will keep me accountable.
Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous new year.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
In order to thank God for the First Amendment, which was passed a week earlier by Congress, President George Washington issued the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789:
"Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness;'"
"Now, therefore, I do recommend...Thursday, the 26TH DAY of NOVEMBER...to be devoted by the People of these United States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be;"
"That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks...for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government...particularly the national one now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed...to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue."
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who in defense of our freedom have bravely worn the uniform of the United States.
From the fields and forests of war-torn Europe to the jungles of Southeast Asia, from the deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan, brave patriots have protected our Nation's ideals, rescued millions from tyranny, and helped spread freedom around the globe. America's veterans answered the call when asked to protect our Nation from some of the most brutal and ruthless tyrants, terrorists, and militaries the world has ever known. They stood tall in the face of grave danger and enabled our Nation to become the greatest force for freedom in human history. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard have answered a high calling to serve and have helped secure America at every turn.
Our country is forever indebted to our veterans for their quiet courage and exemplary service. We also remember and honor those who laid down their lives in freedom's defense. These brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for our benefit. On Veterans Day, we remember these heroes for their valor, their loyalty, and their dedication. Their selfless sacrifices continue to inspire us today as we work to advance peace and extend freedom around the world.
With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor America's veterans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2008, as Veterans Day and urge all Americans to observe November 9 through November 15, 2008, as National Veterans Awareness Week. I encourage all Americans to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans through ceremonies and prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to support and participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I invite civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, businesses, unions, and the media to support this national observance with commemorative expressions and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Click here to go to the home page. On the menu bar to the right of the screen, scroll down until you find the episode"This is the Day". Choose September 30th. My interview is about 15 minutes into the program.
I'd LOVE to hear your feedback.
More to come on how you can watch the replay of my interview on CatholicTV.
Monday, September 29, 2008
If you're like me, you have a great appreciation for the angels. The big honcho angels that appear in the Bible, the archangels, are honored today with their feast - St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael.
We should also remember our own personal guardian angels this day.
Let's give it up for the angels! ( wild cheering and clapping in background)
P.S. You can watch me on Catholic TV tomorrow! Go to www.CatholicTV.com and watch the show titled "This is the Day" at 10:30 Eastern, 7:30 Pacific. It will be available later on that day for "on-demand" play on the web site. The topic is Catholic blogging. I hope you tune in. Say a prayer for me...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
I was reading my Bible, specifically the Book of Jonah, in the chair right next to the door. It was about halfway through my hour and I dropped my tissue on the floor. When I bent over to pick it up, I noticed that I had company.
A tiny, green tree frog had entered the chapel underneath the door. He was sitting their ever so quietly pointed in the direction of the Eucharist. I stared at him for awhile, wondering if he was going to move. He didn't. He sat perfectly still staring (or seemingly so) right at Jesus.
This gave me pause for thought. "Every creature will bow down..." came into my head. Here was this little creature of God,sitting silently in an adoration chapel and in his own reptilian way (OK are frogs reptiles?) praising his maker.
You may be saying, "Dan...are you kidding?" No...I'm not. At the very least, he offered me company. I consider him a small gift from God to start my day, just like Zack was a few weeks (and blog posts) ago. Ironically, my little frog friend turned around and left with about 2 and a half minutes left in the hour. That made me chuckle. I guess he knew I would soon be leaving too!
The moral of this story...what small gift has God given you today? He will give you one. Are you prepared to receive it?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
As I finished and picked up my Bible to read, a young man came in to the chapel. I'd never seen him before. He asked if he could join me for a few minutes as he was on his way to work. "Absolutely", I said. His name is Zack.
About a minute in, he asked, "Would you mid praying a decade of the rosary with me? I usually say it in the car but I still have two to go." At that moment, it dawned on me that this was a small opportunity to make up for a less than perfect attempt earlier. I agreed and we ended up doing the last two decades.
I had one other gift. For the last Hail Mary, Zack sang the prayer. He has a beautiful voice and I was filled with a joy of making those last two decades. He had to leave for work...and did so with a big smile.
The moral of my story...
God has a way of bringing people into your life just at the right time for the right reason. Zack was that person for me today. Be vigilant because He will do the same for you when you least expect it.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
In the darkness I saw an animal slowly moving in the middle of the street. We have lots of raccoons and I was pretty sure that's what it was, but it was moving slower than expected. As I got closer I noticed this raccoon was struggling to drag something.
As you can imagine, driving at 25 mph at night, you don't get too long to catch something. This one is imprinted in my mind.
The raccoon was struggling with all its might to drag off a dead raccoon from the middle of the road. As I passed by my headlights caught the entire scene. This raccoon was risking his own life to drag his "friend" out of the line of fire. My mind flashed to a scene of a soldier dragging a fallen comrade off the battlefield.
As I drove the last few minutes home I kept wondering, "Why did God put me in this place and time top see that?" I don't believe in those types of coincidences especially after an adoration hour.
I don't know what that raccoon would eventually do with his dead comrade. I don't even care. All I know is that this animal risked his life to retrieve his friend. Compassion. OK..I here you. "Dan, animals don't have compassion. They're not human." You didn't see its face. I did and I have a different take.
Are we prepared to risk our lives for our friends? Are we prepared to sacrifice our lives for Christ? Do we have the compassion for our fellow man that leads us to heaven.
The scene I just shared will stay with me always. I haven't been able to shake it. I guess if a raccoon can make that sacrifice for his species, shouldn't I be able to do the same for mine? What about you?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Captain Jack snuck through the opening in the front screen door (I knew I should have fixed that) and took off as fast as he could up the street. I took off after him which in his mind meant it was all fun and games. The chase was on.
I've got pretty good wheels for a 43-year old, but can't keep up with a one-year old Jack Russell. I chased him as hard as I could; bribing him, pleading, and begging the whole way. Fortunately for both of us, he found a dog penned in behind a fence very interesting and it gave me a chance to grab him and bring him back home.
Captain Jack saw his potential and went at it with all his might. What about us?
After I was able to really and think about the situation, it struck me that Captain Jack has the right idea. When you find your passion, go for it with all your might. For us Catholic Christians, shouldn't we go after heaven with the same reckless abandon? After all, that IS where we want to spend eternity. Shouldn't our focus be on that? Shouldn't all we do with our family, our business, our friendships, and our time be focused on getting to heaven?
Captain Jack taught me a lesson. AND, I'm not talking about fixing the screen door (well, maybe a little). He found his passion and went 100% for it. My passion is heaven...maybe I need to go just as hard as him after that.
What about you?
Monday, July 7, 2008
I just read a great blog post by a fellow blogger on Catholic Dads. Take a read and enjoy...
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
If ending abortion and promoting pro-life values is important to you, there is no doubt about where you should be placing your vote in November.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Last Sunday, my 18-year old daughter Kelli went to the emergency room with a severe asthma attack. When I say severe, I mean it. She stayed in the hospital for three days. If you are a parent, you know the terror you feel when your child’s life is in any kind of danger. Fortunately, she received fantastic aid from the hospital and will be fine. One of the hard parts is that this was her last week of classes and she is set to graduate Saturday. We are praying that she will be allowed to participate.
The irony of the moment is not lost on me. It’s a very emotional thing to be in an emergency situation. It’s also an emotional time when your youngest daughter graduates from high school. Of course that means TWO kids in college but I digress.
Life goes by fast. It only seems like yesterday when my kids were graduating from pre-school. Now they are fine young ladies who are starting to lead their own lives without our help. Kelli’s scare brings that reality even closer.
For me, I needed to take stock in my priorities. Yes, I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time with my daughters and being involved in their lives. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t take a lot of things for granted. This medical scare and the pending graduation is a reminder to me to savor the “ordinary” times with your family - playing a game of cribbage, watching a movie, or simply driving to church together. Our careers, obligations, and material possessions are important, but not as important as out family.
I had the opportunity to learn how to run a speaking business from Ed Tate. One thing I will always remember is him saying that our inventory is our time. As true as that is about our careers, it’s as much true about our families.
I know I’m going to work harder at keeping mine stocked. What about you?
Re-printed from my Presentations Blog - According to Dan
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Obviously, these are Diocese rules and every Diocese is a bit different. These two were ones I have never seen. First, the second half of the Eucharistic Prayer was performed with the congregation standing. We all stood at the acclamation and stayed that way. Second, right after the final prayer before Communion, everyone sat down - not kneeled - but sat down. That was weird. I couldn't do it so I stayed kneeling.
One final welcoming thing - the priest asked if there were any visitors and we all stood. Not too uncommon except then he led a Hail Mary for the intentions of the visitors. Very cool.
It goes to show you that although we all believe the same, our methods can be slightly different. In a way, sort of a metaphor for life. It's always good to learn from different cultures. Understanding and peace would be great by-products of that! Maybe we can take a cue from the priest and say a Hail Mary for all our visitors. That would be a start!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
- I wanted to post a minimum of twice a week. Closer to twice a month. Ugh! June will be better!
- I wanted to have my Word Press web site for The Catholic Dad up. Whoops. Let's move that to June.
- I wanted to recite the Rosary every day...not quite there.
- I'm supposed to be reading the Bible every day for my 12 month goal. Right now I'm playing catch up.
- I finally made it to confession this past weekend - the first time since February. My monthly goal was extended...that will need to improve.
- I had high hopes of making Daily Mass - either in person, by radio or TV (EWTN for those of you who don't know). Aaargh! Better luck next month.
Well, I feel better. Never a bad time for an examination of conscience. And, never a bad time for confession, either. When was the last time you did an examination of conscience. As we head towards the midway point of the year, maybe it's a good time.
I'll check back during the next month to see how my inadequacies in May shape up in June. Pray for me...and I will for you. Next game!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
It's definitely worth watching - http://www.wbaltv.com/video/15859167/index.html
OK...I'm making a change that you will all like! My teleconference will now be podcasts for everyone to hear. All you have to do is come to my blog - HERE - and click in to listen. Over the next few days, I will post my three conference calls on my blog so you can listen in.
The first one is my interview with Teresa Tomeo in January. To listen in, click on the link below...
P.S. I will soon be launching a new blog on WordPress that will also act as my web site. More on that to come shortly.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It made me think - is that what our culture is coming to? We are so busy that we have to multi-task everything, even our exercise time! For me, exercising is an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world and do something for myself. Apparently for others, it's a time to chat on the phone (which she probably already does most of the day).
Makes me think about sitting at Mass. How many times have I been present in the pew, but multi-tasking in my head. Here is my opportunity to do something for myself with Jesus, and I'm just like the woman on the cell phone. All these "busy" things in my life and they keep invading my mind on God's time. The worst part is I let them! What about you?
Now when I sit in Mass or Adoration, whenever I start to wander off and multi-task in my thinking, I think back to the woman on the stair stepper. It's a great reminder to be present at Mass, just like I'm present in the gym. Time to flex those spiritual muscles.
P.S. Sorry for being so long between blogs. Time for me to re-focus on this, too!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Let's hope that this trip will be impactful to us as a country, and especially to all our Catholic brothers and sisters.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I've not been as consistent as I'd like the last few weeks in keeping up with my blog posts. I will attempt to make sure that becomes a thing of the past. I've found myself very busy with my Rotary Auction, Toastmasters speech competition, and business in general. In fact, it makes me ponder how much time and effort are put into all of these things, leaving less time to pray.
I was recently reading on the Divine Mercy Chaplet and part of it read about the sacrifice of your time and work for others...namely those souls who have no one to pray for them. Being busy at work isn't a bad thing, although it can be improved if you offer it as a sacrifice for others.
In these busy times for me, I'm making an effort to keep this thought in my mind. As I work and struggle through each day, if I make it a sacrificial offering for a soul that needs it, it becomes more rewarding for me and more valuable for that soul. Sort of a win-win situation.
The next time you find yourself overwhelmed with work, think about offering it up for someone (or some soul) less fortunate.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
That was only one reason. I realized that there was something special for me in taking Jesus' body on my tongue. When my decision was made last Good Friday, I can't tell you the joy I felt after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. It was like coming home again.
One final thought...
My wife Barb mentioned to me an additional reason she went back to "old school". She found herself sitting in the pew trying to get something off the bottom of her shoe. She realized that her unwashed hand would be holding Jesus. She knew at that moment that she would make the switch back.
Don't get me wrong, many people have given me good reasons to take communion by the hand. To me, it's an individual thing. What I will say is that if you haven't taken Jesus by the mouth in a long time (or ever), try it this Easter weekend. See if it has the same effect on you as it did me.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Good news from Kitsap 40 Days for Life member Glenn Stockton. The group will continue to vigilantly pray outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in East Bremerton every Thursday indefinitely. This is our opportunity to help in the battle to save the lives of the unborn in our county.
If you can ever give even an hour to this cause, please call Glenn at 360-329-4985.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Check out this news release from the Knights of Columbus. For my fellow Brother Knights and all connected with Catholicism in the United States...this is great news!
Vatican declares Knights of Columbus founder "venerable"
Fr. Michael J. McGivney would be first American-born priest to be declared a saint
New Haven, CT - March 16, 2008 - Pope Benedict XVI Saturday approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. The pope's declaration significantly advances the priest's process toward sainthood and gives the parish priest the distinction of "Venerable Servant of God." If canonized, Fr. McGivney would be the first American born priest to be so honored.
"All of us who are members of the Knights of Columbus are profoundly grateful for this recognition of the holiness of our founder," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "The strength of the Knights of Columbus today is a testament to his timeless vision, his holiness and his ideals."
Worried about the religious faith and financial stability of immigrant families, Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus with the help of several men of St. Mary's Parish in New Haven in 1882 to help strengthen the faith of the men of his parish and to provide financial assistance in the event of their death to the widows and orphans they left behind. He was also known for his tireless work among his parishioners.
Born in Waterbury, Conn., Aug. 12, 1852, Michael Joseph McGivney, was the first of Patrick and Mary (Lynch) McGivney's 13 children, six of whom died in infancy or early childhood. His parents, natives of Ireland, had immigrated to the United States during the 19th century. Patrick was a molder in a Waterbury brass mill, where Michael himself worked for a brief time as a child to help support his family.
From an early age, however, he realized a calling to the Catholic priesthood. After studying in several seminaries, he was ordained in that Baltimore's historic Cathedral by Cardinal James Gibbons Dec. 22, 1877. He took up his first assignment, as curate at St. Mary's Church, New Haven, Conn., Jan. 2, 1878. Father McGivney was named pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, Conn. in 1884. He became seriously ill with pneumonia in January 1890, and died Aug. 14, 1890 at age 38.
The cause, or process, for Father McGivney's sainthood, was opened by Hartford Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin, in December 1997. The cause was presented to the Vatican in 2000, where it has been under review by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. With the pope's recent decree, and the authentication of a miracle at Father McGivney's intercession, the priest could be beatified. A second miracle would be required for canonization.
Still maintaining its headquarters in New Haven, the Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic Fraternal Organization with more than 1.7 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean islands, the Philippines, Guam and, most recently, Poland.
Friday, March 14, 2008
See you next week for Holy Week posts.
P.S. Sign up for my interview with Aaron Stockton from Seattle 40 Days for Life by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so act today!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Aaron Stockton is one of the organizers of the Seattle 40 Days for Life campaign. He has been instrumental in its success and has really been a "boots on the ground" warrior for the cause. Aaron will share his experiences with you as well as update you on how the fight to end abortion is going. You won't want to miss the opportunity to grow from this young man.
The event is FREE...but you must register to participate. Space is limited, so e-mail me today at email@example.com and you will be sent a link to the teleconference web site. I look forward to you joining Aaron and me on March 25th at 5:00 pm PST.
Friday, March 7, 2008
If you follow my blogs, you know that I've been promoting my Rotary Club's online auction - click here to visit and bid - and may be wondering why I find Rotary a wonderful opportunity for stewardship.
Rotary just celebrated it's 104th birthday in February. Paul Harris founded Rotary as a way for business leaders to not only form business and personal relationships, but to do good in the community for those less fortunate. A century later, Rotary still does that proudly. From the near eradication of polio in the world to building bridges in Vietnam, to bringing fresh water to communities in Guatemala, Rotary truly exemplifies it's motto of "Service Above Self". As Catholic Christians, we have a commitment to the church and the global community as a whole to give of our time, talents and treasures to help assist all of God's people. Rotary has been my civic and global stewardship commitment for nearly 15 years.
As I head off to a conference this weekend with 700 other President-Elects around the Pacific Northwest, I realize how important organizations like Rotary are. I also belong to the Knights of Columbus and have read about the incredible acts of mercy and kindness the Knights have done since the late 19th century.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, if you haven't already done so, consider expanding your time, talents and treasures outside of just your family. Lent is a great time to ponder it. Service organizations like Rotary, Kiwanis and the Lions give great opportunity to serve. For my brothers out there, consider the Knights of Columbus as a ministry.
Remember, you always receive more than you give. Giving is a win-win situation for everyone.
P.S. Check out a Rotary Club near you. Click here to go to the Rotary International website.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The cool thing was I was going to daily Mass on Saturday morning at 9:30. I got there early because I wanted to make sure I ate in time to take Communion and so I had time on my hands. I decided to go into pray by the Blessed Sacrament and to my joy I found there was a Rosary just starting!
It felt like God had taken me there early for a reason. One of those small gifts that God will bestow upon you just when you need it!
P.S. I'd love it if you can help out my Rotary auction. It's online this year. We raise thousands of dollars to help people all over the world. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self". Stewardship is what we are all about. You can help us by bidding on some very cool things online starting next Tuesday. Check out what we have by clicking here, or cutting and pasting this URL - http://poulsborotary.cmarket.com.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This is your last chance to register for tonight's FREE teleconference with Doug Strauss at 6:00pm PST. We have a big group listening in and I'd love to add you if you haven't already signed up.
To learn more about Doug, his family, and his amazing daughter Gloria, go to www.gloriasangels.org. This is an opportunity to change your life this Lent. Don't miss it.
Monday, February 18, 2008
My friend and I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet while people came in and out of the clinic. I also silently asked St. Michael to protect these people. I remembered the Gospel from today - "Do not judge lest you be judged." How important it is to pray for all people who don't understand the horror of abortion. We can't judge them...just pray for a change of heart.
We did get a few friendly honks from drivers passing by. That was encouraging. It was appropriate I guess though that the last one to honk at us as I was finishing my shift let out a an expletive laced shout as he drove by. The ironic thing was that the young lady on the passenger side simply waved. One out of two ain't bad!
Please remember to pray during these 40 days for an end to abortion. If you have a chance, go out and stand vigil in prayer before an abortion mill. You will be changed. It will take all of us to fight this holacaust of the unborn. But in the end, we will prevail.
P.S. Just a friendly reminder...my FREE teleconference tomorrow features my guest Doug Strauss from Gloria's Angels. Please join us at 6:00pm PST and listen to the incredible story of his daughter Gloria and how she transformed lives in her short time on earth. Let her story transform yours, too. Simply e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the information on how you can participate.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Want to get out of the blues? Want to be energized? Need a pick me up on life or just your day?
Watch this video by clicking here -
We do have a choice in how we approach life...thanks for the reminder!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
P.S. Two days to go before my interview with Doug Strauss. Sign up today for FREE by e-mailing me at email@example.com.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
My wife Barb was sitting on the coach waiting for me and asked, "Dan, do you know what tomorrow is?"
My reply - "Thursday."
Her facetious response was fitting - "Boy, did I marry the most romantic guy!"
Happy Valentines Day to everyone, especially Barb!
P.S. Speaking of my auction, you can help support our cause regardless of where you live. We are doing an online auction starting March 4 and running through April 18. To donate an item or register to bid, go to http://poulsborotary.cmarket.com. Help us make a difference in the lives of millions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
P.S. I had several sign-ups for the Doug Strauss interview next week. To participate in this FREE teleconference on February 19th at 6:00pm PST, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org right away. Space is limited. Do it today!
Monday, February 11, 2008
I will be Tom Curran's guest on Sound Insight tomorrow morning at 8:00am PST. We will be discussing evangelizing our faith through the mediums like blogs, video, and e-zines. Please tune in tomorrow on 1050 AM Sacred Heart Radio (Seattle).
One more reminder, next week Doug Strauss will be my guest for the February teleconference - February 19th at 6:00pm PST. The teleconference is FREE, but you must e-mail me to save your space. Contact me at email@example.com and take part in this event.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Finding something to give up for Lent every year is a challenge, right? It’s almost like making a New Year’s Resolution – no candy, no chocolate, no beer!
What ends up happening is that instead of really living Lent, you treat it as a burden to endure. Lent turns into a time to detest instead of an opportunity to grow in your faith. What’s worse is that many of us become apathetic and forget what Lent is really all about. Apathy in our faith is dangerous.
This year, instead of giving something up, why don’t you take my Lenten Challenge instead? What’s my Lenten Challenge, you ask? You have opportunities this Lent for you to join your brothers and sisters in Christ in special events at your parish, I bet. All you have to do is commit to attending one event per week to grow and pray as a parish community. Jesus has called us to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17) Lent is a time for us as a faith community to worship, praise, and repent together.
Here are some examples from my parish - Lenten Soup Suppers, Stations of the Cross, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, Prayer Groups, and Missions. Look and see what your parish is doing...I bet you will be surprised.
I guess in a sense, you will be giving up something…your time. However consider the rewards you receive by participating in these parish events:
* You will gain a deeper understanding of this most holy season of Lent
* You will be accepting the call from Christ to conversion and repentance (“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men…” Matthew 4:19)
* You will experience a more fulfilling Lenten season
Now, my challenge doesn't include Mass. Why? Because Mass is a normal obligation for us. The Lenten Challenge is summoning you to go above and beyond the normal requirements. Jesus went above and beyond for us by suffering his passion and death on the cross. Lent is a time for us to do the same.
But wait, there’s more! We all love guarantees, right? Well, here’s a special guarantee from me. I guarantee you when you accept the Lenten Challenge; you will walk away with a deeper love for Jesus and your faith and will be changed forever. How can we back this up? Easy…Jesus himself promises us to, “Rejoice and be glad, for your rewards will be great in heaven” (Matthew 5:12)
P.S. If you commit to this challenge as a family or as a ministry, it makes it easier! You will be able to share your sacrifice of time with others. There is great joy and accountability that goes with this. Commit today to taking the Lenten Challenge!
P.S.S. Want another Lenten activity to join in and meet the challenge? Sign up for times on the 40 Days for Life campaign. No matter where you live, there's a campaign nearby. Check out the PDF on this page for those of you in Washington.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Where else but in America can we have a day that is both fat and super?
The day before Ash Wednesday has been called "Fat Tuesday" because it's the day you eat plenty in preparation of a day of fasting tomorrow. Now, I'm not saying we have to go as far as the Mardi Gras crowd, but it is a day to celebrate as we dive headfirst into Lent. Remember, all able bodied Catholics between 18-59 are required to fast tomorrow. Even you on the fringes who are in good health should, too! Take today to store away what you need to sustain you if need be, and be ready for tomorrow. I will post a special piece on Ash Wednesday.
And of course our nation goes politically crazy today as 22 states vote in the primary known as Super Tuesday. We in Washington vote on the 19th. Mike Huckabee is now the endorsed candidate by the National Right to Life organization. To see their endorsement letter, click here.
This election has to be about the right to life. Yes...there are many important issues that face our nation. That being said, I can't think of one more important than the basic right to life given to us by God, can you?
P.S. You know what else happens on the 19th? My interview with Doug Strauss. Don't miss it...all you have to do is e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you are in for FREE. Call now to save your space.
P.S.S. Glad you read down to here. On Tuesday, February 12 I am honored to be a guest on Tom Curran's morning show on Sacred Heart Radio called Sound Insight. Tom is a great Catholic radio personality, apologetic, and spreader of the faith. I'm excited to be on his show. I hope you will join us on February 12th at 8:00am on 1050AM Sacred Heart Radio. To learn more about Tom, click here.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I'm sorry to have taken a whole week off from blogging but I caught that nasty cold mid-week and it really got me down until yesterday (just in time to enjoy the Super Bowl). I'm feeling almost back to normal so I'm off to posting again!
That being said, I hope you will join me this week as I catch up on my posts by discussing Lent. Ash Wednesday is this week and that kicks off our preparation for Easter. Please check in often and add any comments you'd like to voice.
Prior to yesteday's Super Bowl, ESPN aired a special called the "Faith Bowl". It was a roundtable discussion with Catholic sports and acting celebrities. The panel included Jeff Suppan (Major Leage Baseball), Chris Horn (NFL player), Lauren Bauer (professional softball), and actors Matthew Marsden (Rambo), Eduardo Verástegui (Bella) and Chris Kramer (The Collector). It was in interesting discussion centered around how these atlete and actors are able to keep Christ and their Catolic faith the center aof their lives.
It's all part of a new organization called Catholic Athletes for Christ. To learn more about this organization, go to www.CatholicAthletesForChrist.com. They have put together some marvelous videos aimed at helping youg people live their faith. If you have a young athlete in your family, it's worth looking at their site.
I'll be back quite a bit more this week as we charge into Lent. I hope to see you here!
P.S. Don't forget about my interview with Doug Strauss on February 19th. Space is limited so please e-mail me at email@example.com and tell me you want to join this FREE event. To learn more about Doug and his daughter Gloria, go to www.gloriastrauss.org.
P.S.S. I will be the Master of Ceremonies for a kick off for 40 Days for Life in Bremerton on Tuesday, February 5 at Holy Trinity Church. Check out how you can help your local 40 Days for Life campaign. Download a brochure from this site.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This is a special prayer request for good friends of our family and members of our parish. The man just lost his 23-year old nephew in a tragic accident while he was on ski patrol in California. The young man was the only child of my friend's sister.
Having two children myself, I can't imagine the grief of losing one. Many of you I'm sure have and can empathize with this family. Please keep them in your prayers.
"For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
This was never more evident for me than this past week when I had a SNAFU with my e-mail. Seems I was “hijacked” and had a bunch of SPAM spewing from my e-mail out something I learned that is called “port 25”. Well, Comcast didn’t like that, so they shut down port 25. From Wednesday morning on, I could receive e-mail but not send from my Outlook. Big problem.
It would have been nice if Comcast would have advised me. I guess that would have been too easy. After all, how many hours could I have saved had I knew WHY I couldn’t send e-mails?
Fortunately, I had a member of my Toro Team help me get through this hurdle. Without his help, I would have wasted much more time.
I learned a valuable lesson during this time. I kept hearing the words “Be still and know I’m here.” In my frustration, I found that taking time and giving it to God was the best way I could deal with the situation. Your time is valuable. Think of the rewards you receive when you give it to God. You may find that he gives it back to you many times over!
What’s your time worth?
P.S. One valuable way to spend your time is by signing up for my teleconference on Wednesday with Teresa Tomeo. She will be teaching you how to wage the battle against the secular media for the minds and souls of your children. The time you spend building up your “artillery” will be a great return on your investment! To learn more, click here…
Friday, January 18, 2008
When it goes south...I hate it. My e-mail has gone haywire. I can receive e-mails but I'm not being allowed to send out. That's a problem. When 80% of your communication is down, it's disabling. The time spent to work on it is usually never considered as part of a loss of production.
However, it has given me time to think...
I wonder what God thinks when he receives e-mails (our prayers) and tries to reply, yet we aren't listening? Think about it. We send God a spiritual e-mail, yet are closed off to his response. Why?
Maybe we don't like His answer. Maybe we aren't listening due to all the noise around us. Maybe we just don't know HOW to listen.
Quiet time is vital. God speaks to us in silence. Take time out of your busy day to mediate in silence and listen for Him. And...be open to His suggestions not yours. That's the hard one for me.
How's your spiritual e-mail working? Is it truly a two-way communication?
P.S. Speaking of noise, time is running out to register for my teleconference interview with Teresa Tomeo this Wednesday at 6:00pm PST (9:00pm EST). To register now, go to my website and sign up. This will be YOUR opportunity to ask Teresa how to beat the secular media in the fight for your children's souls. If you have kids or grand kids, you won't want to miss it! Go to www.danweedin.com to learn more.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I found a link that is helping me do this. I read about 3 to 4 chapters a day (roughly 20 minutes) and by the end of the year, will have finished the entire Bible. This systematic approach makes it more manageable for me...you might find the same. I just finished through Genesis 39 and will be into Exodus next week.
Want to give it a try? Check out this link!
Let me know how it goes...
Monday, January 7, 2008
- William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
This past weekend, my family watched the 2007 movie, Amazing Grace. Amazing is exactly what it turned out to be.
I’m embarrassed that as a History major I had never heard of William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was the leading abolitionist in the early 19th century leading the charge against the British Slave Trade. His pastor, John Newton, was the famed Slave Trade Captain who reformed and penned the song, Amazing Grace. He was Wilberforce’s inspiration for the fight.
The movie accurately characterized the power that Wilberforce conveyed in his ability to speak and present. Though it took over a decade (in large part due to the war with France) Wilberforce never relented and finally won a great battle in Parliament. Had it not been for Wilberforce’s skill as a dynamic communicator and presenter, who knows how many more lives would have been negatively impacted?
What lives do you currently impact? What lives can you impact? Either personally or through your chosen vocation, your ability to communicate your message carries great weight. Your family, your friends, and your clients gain value from you. And how about your faith? Do you ever run into situations where you must defend your faith? Regardless of your level of knowledge, being able to communicate what you know goes a long way in evangelizing your faith. Isn't that what we are called to do by Jesus?