Discovering God Together

Becoming a daddy for the first time was awesome. But after the high I had in those first weeks passed, I had a second reaction: fear! I had begun to realize that while I could handle the parts about changing diapers and providing material support for my family, I was still pretty clueless when it […]

Twenty-Five Life-Changing Questions from the Gospels—by Allan F. Wright

A few years ago, I heard Fr. Robert Barron suggest that we use the questions Jesus asked as a guide for our own reflection. I was intrigued by his advice, seeing it as a fresh and stimulating approach to prayer. Now we have the book, Twenty-Five Life-Changing Questions from the Gospels: Letting Jesus Lead You […]

Great Catholic Parishes–by William E. Simon Jr.

Anyone reviewing data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study might find the results sobering, with signs of decreasing church attendance and participation. Great Catholic Parishes (Ave Maria Press, 2016) by William E. Simon Jr., on the other, gives us good cause to have hope for the Catholic parish in America. The author, William E. Simon […]

A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion – by Joe Paprocki

A Church on the Move (Loyola Press, 2016) is an insightful, inspiring, and practical book that looks at issues related to spiritual complacency and obstacles to growth in the Catholic parish setting. The author identifies fifty-two strategies for moving from a stagnant, maintenance culture toward a church with vitality and purposeful action. Each chapter kicks […]