Family, My 30th Birthday, and Rise Up

Rise Up always falls between Christmas and New Years (Dec 28-Jan1), which is also often a special time for families. For the last 10 years, since 2002, I have celebrated my birthday(Dec 30) away from my family and at CCO’s Rise Up Conference (except for ’08 when

Light and Darkness

At the seminary we are encouraged to be involved in teaching catechism classes at local parishes, and one evening I was teaching about sin and the effects of confession. I was trying to be creative, and I was looking for a visual example for my lesson. A friend suggested

The Purpose of Evangelization is Conversion

What just happened in the first 18 hours in Rome? I have never been one for small talk and conversations in Rome have been no different.  Things matter here. There are people of great influence: movers and shakers, leaders in the Church.  My first conversation moments after

He Never Lets Go

“The one, who does not love, does not know God, for God is love.” (1John4.) I didn’t know what love was. To me love was a warm and fuzzy feeling and that didn’t exist in my life. When I was 15, my relationship with my Dad got

The Pieces Finally Fit Perfectly Together

“Why does God exist? What does he have to offer? Why should I listen to him?” These were the questions I constantly asked my self during high school. I was baptized as a catholic but that quickly became irrelevant as I went to a public high school

God is Doing All This in Canada

Today was the thanksgiving mass for St. Kateri (properly pronounced CAT er ee). I was struck by the sight of so many Bishops of Canada, and Cardinal Collins gathered around the altar at St. John Lateran (a major Basilica of Rome ) to celebrate with joy and

The Ultimate Relationship

We have complete freedom to do as we choose. So where does God’s Divine Will, His Providence, fit in? You know what the hard answer is? Nobody totally knows; it’s a mystery. It’s beyond our ability to comprehend, but we can still know it as true. “See, I have

Canadian Culture and Transformers

One of the oddest idiosyncrasies of North American culture takes place every day. Actually, for many people, multiple times a day. Many people from other parts of the world find it very strange. They would actually say it’s less than sincere at best and downright dishonest at worst.

Growing Up

You know how children sometimes get the general idea of something, but don’t really get the application of it? Like they know that pets need food, but don’t understand that you can’t feed fish ten times a day. Until recently, this is kind of what my faith

The Signature

In the fall of 2004 an idea for the Rise UP commissioning night came to mind.  “Let’s write a letter to Pope John Paul II and get everyone at the conference to sign it.”  Subsequent to this, other ideas came to mind.  When it was finally decided to