What are the odds?

Supporting Catholic schools is a good way to close the separation gap By George Valadie They call it “six degrees of separation.” I don’t know if it’s actually true, nor do I care to spend any time testing the theory, but I like the idea. It makes me feel better …

Chilling words: ‘You know neither the day nor the hour’

Some Sundays the Gospel can be terrifying, such as when Christ reminds us to be ready for our own death By George Valadie I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m willing to bet that—for at least a few of us—what we know about the words of Christ has come to …

Ain’t life ‘grand’

Parenting never grows old, especially when you add the titles ‘Grumpy’ and ‘BB’ to the job description By George Valadie It doesn’t happen all that often. It certainly hasn’t been typical for our family. But remarkably, one of our longed-for dreams has come true. Katy, our oldest, her husband, Clint, …

Trip to Honduras ‘leaves a lot of emotional bridges’

A daughter’s mission trip to a foreign country brings home the same lessons as her father once brought home By George Valadie I’ve lost track, but I know it’s been well over 20 summers since I had the opportunity to visit Saltillo, Mexico. Though “visit” might not be the best …

Praying for perspective: Thanking God that we’re not Him

He welcomes us all at Easter, which is why you get there early and squeeze toward the middle By George Valadie Sure enough, it happened again. Seems to be the same every year. And I’ve been wanting to get it off my chest. But first, let me just say I …

Praying for perspective: A longer-than-40-day wandering in the desert

A 17-year-old student found himself ‘on a path no one should be forced to walk’ By George Valadie In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been a whole lot better at keeping my Lenten promise this year. So much better than last year, that’s for sure. Yes, I know, whatever …

Praying for perspective: The shape of things to come

It’s up to us to harness all the technological advances and use them for good—and for God. By George Valadie It’s probably trite to even offer this thought, but do you ever notice anymore how dramatically and rapidly our lives are changing? The whole idea jumped out at me the …

Praying for perspective: A heartfelt thanks—from Katy’s dad

A lifetime in Catholic schools ‘has rubbed off on our girls’ By George Valadie We’ve just finished celebrating Catholic Schools Week, us and the rest of the nation. It was a much-needed idea born in the mid-’70s, the same time I stepped into my first classroom as a Catholic school …

Praying for perspective: Hoping to remain resolute in 2019

Will convenience help or hurt the wallet, waistline, and way of life? By George Valadie Happy New Year! How’s the new you coming? On my end, I’ve never been much for making a bunch of resolutions. In fairness, I should restate that; I’ve never been good at keeping a bunch …

Praying for perspective: Believing in Christmas

The Christ Child inspires children of all ages to keep the faith; good ol’ St. Nick is another story By George Valadie When did it happen to you? I remember as if it were yesterday. I know the place and the time, who was there and who was not. The …