Tune Into 4-Part EWTN Radio Series

We’re pleased to announce that Dick will be featured in a four-part radio series discussing Answer Your Call on EWTN’s popular “Son Rise Morning Show” this April. Here’s the schedule:

  • Friday, April 5 at 7:45 am Eastern — providing an overview of the book, a Catholic response to Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life
  • Friday, April 12 at 7:45 am Eastern — examining the forces that separate us from God and keep us from fully developing our gifts
  • Friday, April 19 at 7:45 am Eastern — exploring the ways God relays His call to us
  • Friday, April 26 at 7:45 am Eastern — breaking down how to discern and live out your call in the New Evangelization

Same weekday, same time, same station.

We hope you’ll tune in!

Family Foundations Magazine Spotlight

We’re grateful for the chance to share our story with Family Foundations, the award-winning bi-monthly magazine published by the Couple to Couple League. CCL’s husband-wife model is totally in sync with ours, a 43-year partnership that continually deepens, driving our faith and animating our work. Creation of the league was sparked by the call to married couples set forth by Pope Paul VI in his 1968 encyclical Humane Vitae, in which he writes:

…Let Christian husbands and wives be mindful of their vocation to the Christian life, a vocation which, deriving from their Baptism, has been confirmed anew and made more explicit by the Sacrament of Matrimony. For by this sacrament they are strengthened and, one might almost say, consecrated to the faithful fulfillment of their duties. Thus will they realize to the full their calling and bear witness as becomes them, to Christ before the world. (32) For the Lord has entrusted to them the task of making visible to men and women the holiness and joy of the law which united inseparably their love for one another and the cooperation they give to God’s love, God who is the Author of human life.

That said, here’s how Dick’s Family Foundations essay begins:

The words you never want to hear from a doctor came in
August 2004, shortly after our 35th anniversary: “There’s
nothing else we can do.”

Doctors had identified a spot on my right lung — an
infection that spread quickly, overtaking both lungs. The
medicine used to treat it triggered an allergic reaction,
causing anaphylactic shock and respiratory arrest.
Then came the fuzzy part, which panicked my wife,
Martha: I stopped breathing for 10 minutes and slipped
into a physician-induced coma.

Martha called our priest and asked him to administer
last rites. She initiated a prayer chain that criss-crossed
the country.

“Dear Lord, I’ll accept whatever You will, but I want
more time with him here on earth,” she begged. “We’ll do
good together if you’ll let us.”

To read the entire article, request a copy of Family Foundations from CCL.

Huffington Post: ‘Coping With Cancer & Keeping The Faith’

At night I stared into the bathroom mirror, haunted by my own reflection. Was there an answer hidden in my eyes? What did my body know that my mind did not?

Fear was taking hold in my bones, but by the week’s end, I could feel its antidote springing up, silky and fragrant: faith.

Read the full article published by The Huffington Post here.

Legatus Magazine Spotlight

We’re honored to be featured in the February issue of Legatus magazine. Thanks to Matt Rarey for a job well done!

Here’s an excerpt of his article:

Theirs has been a blessed, albeit arduous journey — Dick’s two deployments to Vietnam, his ensuing business career, three children and seven grandchildren, surviving a fire that destroyed their home, and discovering divine callings through brushes with death.

Members of Legatus’ San Diego Chapter, Dick and Martha told Legatus magazine that their encounters with mortality have encouraged them to devote themselves more fully to living and sharing the Catholic faith, which has been their lifelong bond and joy.

Tragedy struck in 2004 when Dick lapsed into a coma after an allergic shock to drugs treating a lung infection. He even stopped breathing for 10 minutes. Doctors told Martha there was nothing else they could do. “That’s when she pulled out all the stops,” Dick interjected.

Read the full article published by Legatus magazine here.