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You need help engaging in your work and relationships, exercising your faith, and living in community. You need Eucharistic Sabbath rest, beauty, a rich interior life, and a capacity for tension. I'll help you realize the joy of life in the glorious freedom of the children of God. Let's get … Read more...
I speak about holy leisure, interior freedom, poetic education, creative cultural engagement. People resonate with my message if they want to be more fully alive and joyful, and if they want to transform the culture of … Read more...
You're invited into my adventure! I'm having fun starting Catholic cultural initiatives. I love to meet other creatives who enjoy evangelism, challenge, and education. Come with me to the Catholic Creatives Salon. Give names for aborted babies at 50MillionNames.com. Be small, Think big with the Joy … Read more...
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Sabbath-keeping gives you over seven weeks of vacation each year! Everyone is called to be creative, though not all may be artists. Listen to my … Read more...
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In 18 years of planning retreats, Charlotte is the only speaker I’ve invited for a second year. She brought sparkle, depth, humor and rich, new … Read more...
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A mom is the caretaker of a huge, wonderful, potentially beautiful, critically important place! She, herself, this actual, unique person, is the single most important ‘environment’ in the lives of her children. Like Mary, like the Church, she is an atmosphere. She is an atmosphere of affection. This is not just warm, fuzzy feelings, but […]
Here’s an example of the lengths I’ll go to to create a new talk for someone. For the Women of St. Ignatius, I adapted three other talks (High Resolution Beauty; A Prayer, A Poem, A Person, A Place; and Let Yourself be Loved) to create one powerful blast of affirmation of womanhood. The Holy Spirit […]
Aesthetic: a : of, relating to, or dealing with aesthetics or the beautiful <aesthetic theories> b : artistic <a work of aesthetic value> c : pleasing in appearance : attractive <easy-to-use keyboards, clear graphics, and other ergonomic and aesthetic features — Mark Mehler> : appreciative of, responsive to, or zealous about the beautiful; also : […]
I once got a chance to do an all-day retreat with one of the sister Apostles of the Interior Life. Naturally, I wanted to discuss the role of leisure in the formation of persons! As usual, I prayed about the upcoming event, and God brought together several threads of my contemplation to weave this talk. […]
There are still openings at the Catholic Artists Conference in Omaha! Here’s the abstract from the talk I’ll be giving, and the other talks look juicy, too. Bishop Conley will be there, among others. The Poet as Troublemaker – Why the Church Needs Artists Like the angel of God who troubled the waters of a […]
It’s hard being a boy these days, in a sanitized, feminized environment where it’s so unsafe to run around on your own. I just finished a list of ideas to help a mom help her boys, and thought it might be helpful for others. For what it’s worth: A book our boys enjoyed with their […]
This was one long talk! I gave it as three separate one-hour talks for an all-day RCIA retreat, and felt a real excitement about the adventure of growing up ‘unto Christ’ among those new Catholics and their sponsors. What does it mean to ‘grow up unto Christ’, and how do we actually accomplish it? How […]
Just about everything I’ve ever planned has been derailed to some extent! So, why plan? Life…it’s what happens when you’re planning something else, right?? Much of my adult life has been spent learning to balance the idealism of planning with the realism of life. If I give up on time management, I lose things that […]
The Catholic Church is in crisis, but it’s small, not large, changes that are needed. The Church is a huge organization, made up of human beings who are broken, flawed, sinful. As such, She has been deeply wounded by the implosion of the disordered culture around Her, just as individuals have been hurt. Let’s let […]