My Daily Negotiation with Myself

By Eric Chow Every morning l try to be a helpful husband by taking my 4-year-old daughter Eva to school. Otherwise my wife Vanessa would have to take all the kids. This means loading and unloading four little ones into a van, first at home, then at

Bouncy Castles and Church

By Eric Myatt When you hear the word “community”, what comes to mind? I usually picture a community centre with kids running wild in an old gym. I imagine a summer picnic. I’m there with my family. I’m battling the urge to disregard all I know is

How Fishing Led me to the Father's Heart

By Eric Chow One of my favorite memories growing up was going fishing with my dad. We would get up early to load the boat then head out into open waters. Thinking about that tiny little boat I’m surprised that I never felt afraid or anxious! I

Does work/­life balance really exist? I don’t think so, and here’s why

By Eric Chow “How can I lead a more balanced life?” This question has been asked by more than one of the missionaries that I have the privilege of mentoring. I’m sure my facial expression gave away my answer before my response. I said to him “I think the

They Didn't Even Eat my Salad

By Eric Myatt Last fall I invited over a dozen people to a program at my parish designed to reach those who don’t go to church. I was psyched to give people I know who have wandered away from faith a chance to have another look at

One Good Reason To Be Distracted At Mass

A few weeks back I found myself at Sunday mass without my wife and four kids. It worked out better for the family that we go at different Mass times. It was a rare treat to be in the pew without the distraction of kids and I

I Thought I Was Doing What the Pope Wanted, Until I Read This

by Eric Myatt Recently Catholic Christian Outreach developed a new 10-year plan. We’re hoping that all our staff, students, alumni, and benefactors can be a part of it. The headline reads: “Be protagonists in the mission of proclaiming Jesus clearly and simply.” After the big reveal, it

When I Decide to Wake Up For Prayer

The most important hour of my day is before the sun rises. It’s not the hour when my 9 month old wakes us up. It’s not the hour when my toddler wants help going to the bathroom. It’s the hour when I get up to pray. Being

How Can Fear Be Overcome?

I was in court recently. It all started eighteen months ago. I walked out my front door with a large saw in my hand. Don’t worry – I wasn’t the defendant in my court appearance. There were just a few tree branches in my backyard beginning to

Leadership Books

by Eric Chow CCO Directors seem to always be in meetings. In a recent meeting we began to discuss the need for good leadership resources and books. Being a group of leaders, I began to hear the thought-gears turning. We started looking for that magical “first” book