Top ten things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving:1. Our Lord Jesus Christ, for calling me out of darkness and into his marvelous light! (1 Peter 2:9)2. The freedoms we enjoy in this country, especially the freedom to worship our God in peace and security. 3. My husband who works tirelessly to support, protect and care for… Read More


Have you ever wondered what a human being is made for? What are people really supposed to do?  Simply, were made to be eucharistic people. In Greek, the word eucharistia means “giving of thanks; gratitude; thanksgiving.” That is our purpose, to render thanks to God. Put another way, thanksgiving is not simply a duty or an obligation—it is our… Read More


Recently, my wife and I watched the excellent movie, The Song of Bernadette, the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous, the seer of Lourdes. One scene in particular was especially moving: After the village school children completed their lessons well, a priest rewards them for their good behavior by giving them holy cards. Now, a holy card doesn’t sound particularly exciting to us,… Read More


As we look forward to the annual celebration of Thanksgiving, I’m participating in “Worth Revisiting Wednesday” over at Theology is a Verb and Reconciled to You by sharing this post on growing in the virtue of gratitude. If you have ever watched at toddler, you will quickly conclude that gratitude is not an innate response that flows off… Read More


As we look ahead to the celebration of Thanksgiving, here are five powerful quotes from the Saints on gratitude. What struck me the most about these quotes is that taken together they provide a broad picture of the “attitude of gratitude” which we should have towards the Lord. Our gratitude should be expressed in prayer,… Read More


It was a beautiful, clear Colorado day. My friends and I loaded the back of a truck with guns and ammunition and drove out to a section of state forest often used as a shooting range by locals. We also brought with us old junk to blow to smithereens, including a TV set and some… Read More