You are a Catholic hiking in a remote section of the Himalayan region when you unexpectedly startle a local Yak herd. In the ensuing stampede you are gored by a Yak bull and seriously injured.

You are afraid you may die and the herdsman carries you down the hill to the nearest Orthodox church. The priest rushes to your side and offers to hear your confession.

As a Catholic, can this Orthodox priest shrive you?

Catholic AppsI’ve come to realize that Apps are here to stay.  They aren’t just a fad, they’re here for the foreseeable future of mobile phones.  

Here are my top 5 apps for Catholics and top five apps for dads.

Gentlemen, we are now well into the Fall season, and I think we all know what that means.  Football is back!  The drought is over.  We can now return to watching football hours on end depending on your TV package and the number of fantasy teams you run.

And what’s wrong with that, right?

The Easter Magnet Book by Wee Believers is an easy concept to understand.  A glorious story put in the hands of small children to create their ideas of how it looked.  No one knows exactly how it all took place, so it’s great for little children to experiment with different layouts to gain a better understanding of the events.  The magnet book has 15 pieces including Jesus, the tomb, angels, animals, and more.  Keep the littlest ones supervised as some of the small pieces create a choking hazard.  The product is built nicely and the magnets stay in place well.

The Color & Hug washable toy is a very fun idea!  The concept is for your child to take part in making a stuffed toy for themselves.  It’s not in depth like Build-a-Bear, but my kids enjoyed it nonetheless.  The package says the age range is 3+ due to the choking hazard created by the markers with small caps.  With adult supervision, my two-year-old helped my 4 and 6 year-old children color the Resurrection Cross Color & Hug washable toy. 

While I am writing this the US Open is underway, the NBA Finals are heading to Miami, the Euro Cup 2012 is in full swing, the Kings just won the Stanley Cup, and the Summer 2012 Olympics are on the doorstep.  As a man, it’s hard not to think about sports at a time like this.  Therefore, I thought I would embrace it and write a blog on the top Catholic Athletes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Here is a list of my top ten Catholic athletes based on both athletic accomplishments and Catholic lifestyle.

A must watch video…

24:15 Rib Ticklers

January 6th, 2011

Beware of becoming severe. Take joy in living. Laugh.

We take life so seriously sometimes that we forget to laugh. Yes, God calls us to be “sober and awake” (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:6), but nobody likes a dour-faced saint. We should let the joy of living in Christ shine through as well. Medical studies are quite clear on the fact that stress can literally kill you; other studies have shown that laughing may actually release endorphins in the brain that counteract the effect of stress and induce a feeling of well-being.[…]

I started a tradition of singing carols to the baby Jesus to focus on the reason of the season. Merry Christmas to my fellow Catholic Dads and to our readers. God bless you all.

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During these tough economic times, I’d like to share the Filipino secret to coping. The Philippines is like Haiti in the East.  But despite widespread poverty, Filipinos have the lowest suicide rate in Asia.  Japan, the wealthiest, has the highest.  How do Filipinos face their hard lives daily without sinking to despair?  Is it with […]