Halloween didn’t start out as the candy grabbing, fright festival it has become in the U.S. As often happens with religious celebrations, Halloween is the result of knocking a holy day off its foundation and changing its meaning, in this case, the Feast of All Saints, which is on November 1st. The feast of All Hallows Day has a vigil the evening before, which is where the name Hallows Eve – Halloween, is derived.
Now, I enjoy watching the kids get dressed up as pirates and leprechauns, princesses and magicians as much as any dad. As far as Trick or Treat time goes, it’s fun to go around with the kids to the neighbors and collect enough sweets to compromise all the teeth in a great white shark. The kids are cute in their costumes and the neighbors all have fun with it. But the way Halloween is celebrated today in society is just a shadow of what the All Saints Day commemoration is really supposed to be about. The way the church sees it is more fulfilling than a Snickers bar and might just explain your life’s biggest blessing.
Continue reading “All Saints Day Tops Halloween When Considering Life-Changing Intercessions”
Are you married? Do you have kids? In our the last article 5 Things Every Husband Should Do, we discuss the need for a regular date night. We also mentioned how they are very difficult to schedule and be consistent with, especially if you are a parent. If you have more than one child, the difficulty of finding that time grows exponentially with each additional child. Or at least it feels that way. And if you have enough kids to fill-out a hockey line like our brother T.J., then in the words of Donnie Brasco, “forget about it…”
What happens when you are the parent of a child with special needs? How does finding a date night look for them? I can only imagine as a parent, there’s as much struggle to find someone who is willing to watch your child as there is guilt in leaving your child with a care giver. That’s where the Special Needs Ministry Respite Care Program comes in. This is through the Office of Special Needs Ministry based out of the Archdiocese of Kansas City. They have established a program to allow parents with special needs children a chance for an evening out. Continue reading “Children with Special Need Ministry”
After 25 years of marriage, I’m blessed to have found someone who can tolerate me over all that time. We’ve enjoyed beautiful highs and extremely dismal lows and I by no means think I’m an expert at marriage. However, I can tell you that we love each other more today than we did 25 years ago. So how does love survive the test of time in a day and age when we are told it’s OK to throw anything away that is broken or requires too much effort to fix? The obvious answer, that is far harder to live than say, is perseverance. Love requires constant effort and attention, just like anything else you want to grow and flourish.
With that being said, there’s a few other things I learned along the way that I wished I knew 25 years ago. So, if I could jump in a time-traveling DeLorean and go back to give my engaged self some advice to help make this journey a little easier on my part, these are some of the things I would share with my younger self. Continue reading “5 Things Every Husband Should Do”
The Matrix trilogy makes my all-time top 5 movies list. At it’s core is a story-line that had never been done and it reshaped how Sci-Fi movies were made. However, upon a closer and more in-depth review of the films, I realized there’s another layer to the those movies I hadn’t fully appreciated. All three movies are riddled with religious themes, undertones, overtones, symbolism, and meaning both obvious and very hidden. (*Spoiler Alert: If you not seen the movies and don’t want me to ruin anything for you…stop reading and rent them…now!) Continue reading “Finding God in The Matrix Movies”
The human body is one of God’s most miraculous and wonderful creations. Each of us is fashioned in His image and likeness, but uniquely put together to glorify God in our physical being. St. Paul confirms this truth in his writings to the Corinthians. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:19-20) As good stewards of these beautiful gifts, we have a responsibility to properly care for, nourish, and love our bodies, then to offer them to God for His service. No one has given us a better example of bodily service than our Blessed Mother.
Continue reading “Body and Soul: The Feast of the Assumption”
Three weeks ago, during a retreat weekend, I had my eyes opened to so many uplifting truths about God and the plans he has for each one of us. However, I was also given one very dark and looming message during that weekend. A thought that has given me reason to pause at every decision I make. Continue reading “The Hungry Wolf”