Really? That’s What’s Important?

Among the Catholic Church’s faults—I admit we’ve got a boatload of them—is that we have a problem keeping important things important and unimportant things unimportant.  This was Jesus’ constant challenge to church leaders in His time, too.  The fact that we haven’t gotten much better at it 2,000 years later brings sadness, disgust, and embarrassment […]

Borromeo: Classical & Customized

Catholic School education in the northland is accessible and affordable.  At Saint Charles Borromeo Academy, it is also classical and customized. For the past five months, pastors from the twelve Kansas City Northland Catholic parishes in Platte and Clay Counties have been meeting to discuss the important task we bear of educating children in the […]

Teenage Faith

Friends of mine are parents to five teenagers.  When they were five infants, toddlers, and tykes, they were cute, fun, and adorable—also a handful.  These parents, who have a clear and unified sense of God and faith, found it easy and enjoyable to teach their little kids about the Lord, right versus wrong, and making […]

A Women’s Morning Of Prayer

On the Saturday before Lent, March 2, there will be a half-day retreat at Rockhurst High School for women.  If you are somebody’s mother, daughter, sister, or wife, irrespective of religious background, you are invited to join in.  I will team up with Rockhurst president, David Laughlin, to share presenter duties. The doors will open […]

What Children Need Most

Not being a parent or a teacher, I’ll be gutsy here and suggest that what children need most from home and school is also what they most desire: happiness that is found in identity, independence, and intimacy—a positive identity, appropriate independence, and healthy intimacy.  These interrelated items that they need most in their youth are […]

The Game of Church

Over 150 years ago, Milton Bradley introduced Life as a board game, originally titled The Checkered Game of Life.  From board games to video games to sports games, the metaphors for life are aplenty.  On Sunday, one team will proudly hoist the Lombardi Trophy.  Vince Lombardi, famed coach of the first Super Bowl champs, once […]

Thrill of Victory–Agony of Defeat

On Sunday, many of us watched two exhilarating football championship games, both taken to overtime, each with final outcomes that could have gone the other way.  There is sometimes a slim margin between victory and defeat.  Kansas City Chiefs’ fans can look back on a fun season with an explosive offense, slowly-improved defense, strong special […]