A Personal Relationship with the Holy Spirit

A Personal Relationship with the Holy Spirit

I’m subscribed to myconsecration.org and I get something in my inbox from them every week or two. I don’t remember when I signed up for these messages, but they are always uplifting and Marian in nature. I believe it was when I was contemplating St. Louis de Montfort’s Consecration to Jesus through Mary, something I’ve yet to do. Today’s message really struck me as I had never considered having a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Having a personal relationship with Jesus? Of course.…

Apologetics is not Apologizing

Apologetics is not Apologizing

In my renewed commitment to writing this blog I’ve become more active on Twitter, a great source of news and inspiration if you follow the right people. As I was scanning my Twitter feed this morning I came upon a tweet by Patrick Madrid (@PatrickMadrid) urging his followers to check out his friend Ken Hensley (@KenHensley007), a Catholic apologist with whom he and Peter Kreeft travel the country presenting the Catholic Apologetics Academy. I have a great deal of respect for Patrick,…

New Business, New Skills

New Business, New Skills

Christine’s been hard at work in an effort to launch her new business, Knoxville Party Magic. She’s been moving away more and more from being a face painter and balloon twister toward becoming a professional children’s entertainer/magician. Two weeks ago she spend a week at an international convention of children’s entertainers in Pigeon Forge, just 40 minutes from home, that attracted participants from around the world. In fact, two of her mentors (co-hosts of the Magician’s Business podcast) flew in…

Blogging, yes! Facebook, not so much.

Blogging, yes! Facebook, not so much.

Every now and then I wonder why I spend so much time on Facebook and no time blogging. This morning I realized that my last post on Big Bald Guy was in February 2012! Christine and I were discussing how we use Facebook and whether or not it’s an effective way to record and share life’s events. While we both think Facebook is a pretty good place to see photos from our family and friends, it’s also a huge waste of time where you have to…

Catholic Perspectives on the Girl Scouts

Catholic Perspectives on the Girl Scouts

In my recent post I questioned whether or not Catholics should purchase Girl Scout cookies in light of the connection between the national organization and Planned Parenthood. As much as I hate to report it, additional information has surfaced regarding this connection and the secular agenda of the Girl Scouts organization. This saddens me, as I am an ardent advocate of scouting – both of my sons are Eagle scouts – and the character it builds within our girls and…

SuperBowl Party!

SuperBowl Party!

Christine and I hosted a SuperBowl party this year. We had about 30 people attend and everyone had a wonderful time. Christine started the party with her Wii dance game, which a few people really enjoyed. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of this…great fun! She then set up shop upstairs to paint the faces of the young people who came with their parents. She kept busy through most of the game. She had a TV in the kitchen so…

Should Catholics Buy Girl Scout Cookies?

Should Catholics Buy Girl Scout Cookies?

Now that seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? I know at our parish there are several girls selling the delightful cookies every year at this time following Mass. How can one turn down these sweet young girls, even if the cookies are not on your diet? (I personally love the Samoas the best). Imagine my surprise when I learned today that this national organization partners with Planned Parenthood who distributes materials teaching that abortions are not all that bad!…