Hierarchical and Collegial

I am in the midst of a 15-week course studying the theology and teaching of the Second Vatican Council held from 1962 to 1965. We started the course by looking at the state of the Church in the decades preceding the Second Vatican Council. It was there that I heard the expression “Hierarchical and Collegial.” […]

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The season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is Advent, the purpose of this season is preparation. It is a period of spiritual preparation for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Advent is a season of prayer, fasting, and repentance, followed by anticipation and joy. The word advent comes from the Latin term adventus meaning “coming,”

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Try Not to Suck

“Try Not to Suck” became the rallying cry of the Chicago Cubs during their 2016 World Series Championship run, their first one in 108 years. It started in September 2015 when Javy Baez made his debut with the Cubs. Manager Joe Maddon, in an effort to relax the youngster, set that as his expectation. I

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The word pursuit is a noun that is the action of following or endeavoring after someone or something. When I hear the word pursuit, I immediately picture the football drill we used as conditioning; but also, to create the mindset to never give up. The drill was to have defensive players set a pursuit angle

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Let it Rain

April is just around the corner and typically that means April showers. However, these days the weather doesn’t always stick to its normal patterns. Nevertheless, I thought the time was right to build a blog based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s quote, “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

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Be A, Not A (Part 1)

When I was developing content in my role as a High School Football Coach and Character Coach, I built about 50 separate lessons around the “Be A, Not A” concept. If I ever write a second book, it will be entirely based on these lessons. I have been holding onto this content for years while

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My one word for 2021 is “Presence.” Selecting a word for this new year was a challenge. I reflected upon exiting 2020 and entering 2021 to contemplate what word inspires me. I also considered where I am in my life and how can I continue to make a difference. By definition, presence is the state of

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Different Not Better

I was part of a research exercise in my company where we broke into groups to read a specific business book recommended to our leadership team. As a result, I read the book, Play Bigger (a very worthwhile read) and a big takeaway is that to make a leap of success, one should focus on

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Goats and Sheep

Included in Matthew’s Gospel is Jesus’ Judgement of Nations and reflection on goats and sheep [25:31–46]. Although often called a “parable,” it is just a “similitude” or an imaginative comparison. This passage gets a lot of attention around the deeds of mercy for the least of our brothers being a criterion of judgment. I have

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