Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Natural Womanhood

I'm so grateful to have been invited to write occasionally for Natural Womanhood. This important website is spreading the good news about fertility-awareness-based methods of achieving or avoiding pregnancy. All from a health perspective. 
     This is a much-needed endeavor because the sad fact is the vast majority of people today have little or no knowledge of how bad chemical contraceptives are for women or that there is a range of natural alternatives.
     Here's a link to my latest post there: 
How FABMs Improve Couple Communication in an Age When We Especially Need It

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Al Kresta on the Past, Present, and Future of Catholic Radio

Being asked to interview Al Kresta was a welcome proposal because I'm a big fan of his radio show, Kresta in the Afternoon. But it was also a bit intimidating, because he is such an excellent interviewer himself. 
     Dr. Ray Guarendi--another popular Catholic radio show host--often jokes about competing with Al Kresta for the "Annual Humility Award." If there were such a thing, I think Mr. Kresta could really be a contender. At least, I found him to be intelligent, wise, and dedicated, yet also unassuming and very easy to talk with.
     To read the interview in Catholic World Report, click here.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mary Beth Bonacci Is Back!

I was blessed to work at Ignatius Press in-house a year after I graduated from college--indeed there have been and continue to be manifold blessings from working with Ignatius Press. One blessing was meeting Mary Beth; she'd come into the office periodically between trips.
      Mary Beth Bonacci was among the very first national chastity speakers. If you've ever heard any of her presentations, you know why. She makes excellent points and is engaging and hilarious at the same time.
      She had reduced her speaking significantly a decade or so ago, but then I saw on Facebook that she was starting to make herself more available for speaking engagements again. Mary Beth gave a fascinating account on her website about one factor in these decisions: her stalker.
      I thought this was a story that needed broader coverage, so I called her up and interviewed her. You can read the interview here at Catholic World Report.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Former Warner Bros Executive Uses Gifts for Christ

Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly asked me a couple years ago to write an article on how the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was transforming their media outreach in a major way. (You can find that article here.)
      So I had the pleasure of interviewing some very interesting players: John David Long-Garcia, editor of Angelus News; David Scott, director of communications for the archdiocese; and Matt Meeks, head of the archdiocesan digital team. In the course of our conversation, Matt let drop some fascinating tidbits of his own journey, which I felt would make a great story.
      When Catholic World Report invited me to pitch some interview ideas, Matt's story came to mind. Here's the link to the resulting interview: "This Former Warner Bros Exec. is Making Digital Media Work for the Church."

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Interview with Marcus Grodi

It was my privilege last fall to interview Marcus Grodi, founder of the Coming Home Network and host of the EWTN television/radio show The Journey Home on the show's 20th anniversary. Indeed, our conversation was so rich as to warrant two articles in Catholic World Report. The first, "Marcus Grodi Reflects on 20 Years of The Journey Home," came out in December 2017. The second article is still in production and regards trends in conversion to the Catholic Church, a topic on which he is in an excellent position to discuss.

To read the first article, click here.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Father Capodanno--Modern Hero

       At a graduation lunch in June 2017, I was privileged to sit at the same table with Archbishop Timothy Broglio. He shared with us that his archdiocese, the Archdiocese of the Military Services, U.S., had just finished compiling and sending all the documentation for Fr. Capodanno's cause for canonization to the Vatican's Congregation of the Causes of Saints. I interviewed him a few months later to learn more. Here's the article I authored about it for Catholic World Report: 

Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno died administering the sacraments to men in combat. Fifty years later, the cause for his canonization is underway.

“He certainly could be a patron for doing the right thing at the right time,” Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio told Catholic World Report, speaking of Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno’s willingness to “obey God rather than...

To finish reading the article, click here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Nun and Nunner" (and other matters)

Obviously, I haven't posted here in a while. So I thought I'd give an update and share what I've been up to.

I finally finished my first book, and it's now in the hands of the publisher, Ignatius Press. Currently titled "How Do I Love Thee? Eight Ways to Love God Revealed by Love Himself," it's due out in the fall of 2018.

Before and since completing it last summer, I've mostly been doing freelance writing. I was invited by Catholic World Report to do some writing for them, which has been great.

I'll post here (gradually) links to some of my articles published in the last six months or so.

Here's one I did somewhat recently for Our Sunday Visitor, about a couple young women who have a great comedy-music act, "Nun and Nunner." I've never laughed so much while conducting an interview as I did with them.

Click on the title to read: "A New Sister Act: Nun and Nunner"
A new sister act: Nun and Nunner