Category Archive: Personal Experiences

Dec 05

Modesty Is a Direction Not a Line

I wrote my monthly piece on Catholic Stand about the virtue of modesty: I get frustrated when I see this seemingly endless discussion in certain Catholic circles about how women should dress. How long should the skirt be? Are skinny jeans appropriate? How much cleavage is allowed? I also remember my sisters describing shopping for …

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Oct 04

Men Only! Mary Story Contest

When we think about Mary, we tend to think a lot about how women have been helped. I know many men who have also been helped. A few weeks ago, Crossbound rosaries offered me one of their manly paracord rosaries. I want to offer it as the prize for the best story by a man about …

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Sep 21

How I use Twitter

I’ve somehow succeeded on Twitter so I finally decided I would explain some of how I work. I did so in a series of tweets I’ll post here as a blog. A few practical tweets about my twitter. First, I use @buffer to schedule tweets constantly, I usually have a month or more in cue. …

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Sep 13

Sound Bite Problems… Even in Christian Media

I have commented a few times on what helps teens stay active in their faith. About 2 weeks ago, Catholic News Agency contacted me to interview for a story they were doing on a recent CARA study on the how many kids leave the Church. I later got a Google alert that I was mentioned on …

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Mar 15

Body-Positive Catholicism

I was a nerd, not a jock, a little flabby but not obese, interested in the brain more than the body, catching my breath after a few flights of stairs, thinking this was the way to live Catholicism. I saw the problem with society’s ideal model: a self-starvation woman with liposuction, plastic surgery, a facelift, make up …

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Nov 08

This blog is moving

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A few months ago, I heard about this great new initiative to combine a bunch of Catholic youth ministry blogs under one roof. Well the launch was Thursday November 7th, yesterday. I usually blog once a week near the beginning of the week but I delayed a great post I already wrote to appear right …

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Oct 23

Are Publicly-Funded Catholic Schools a Good Thing?

How often do we wish that Catholic schools got funding like public schools? How often do we see parents struggle to pay for a Catholic education? There are a few places that Catholic schools are publicly funded. Now I want to use my experience of both realities to present the advantages and disadvantages. I grew …

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Oct 01

My Twitter Account Was Suspended

I had my Twitter account suspended for a week

I just got my twitter account back after it was suspended about a week. The biggest thing I’ve learned is humility: life can go on without me and I can go on without twitter. Or maybe I didn’t learn the 2nd half; I started a new account since I was suspended. (You can now also …

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Aug 12

Arcatheos – Why It’s a Top Catholic Camp

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I just got back from Arcatheos. It may just be the best summer camp in North America. It was recently rated the 2nd coolest in the world on Cracked.com. The number 1 camp cost $10,000, and includes supersonic flights and close in encounters with African wildlife. Coming second to that is impressive, especially considering it …

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Jul 24

Using Twitter in Catholic Ministry

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If social media is like the town square, Twitter is the center of the square while other social media is the restaurants and shops around the edge. Being a super-public forum, it is a great place to engage culture beyond your real-life friends. On twitter connecting to thousands or sending tons of messages is acceptable …

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Jun 19

7 Social Media Secrets in Catholic Youth Ministry

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The goal of Catholic Youth Ministry is to help teens know and experience Christ. To do this we need to reach teens. But where are teens? Today many are on social media. Yet social media can seem daunting to those of us just a few years older. I figured I could offer some things that …

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Jun 04

Twitterstorm 3pm Friday, #ITrustinU for the Feast of the Sacred Heart

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We all trust Jesus. Yet so many in the world fail to do so. This Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart, it’s a first Friday, and 3pm is the Great Hour of Mercy (according to St. Faustina). I noticed that the Sacred Heart and the Divine Mercy have a common root, they end …

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