I was born and raised in Morocco in a Catholic family. One of my uncles was a franciscan priest and his sister is still a Franciscan Missionary of Mary in Casablanca. I am the youngest of three boys. My eldest brother passed in 2011 and my other brother lives in Montpellier, France, with his family. I received my Masters in International Business in Montpellier in 1976, and worked as the Regional Director of an American ag company for 15 years. I traveled all over the world: mainly Europe, Africa and Middle East. I am happily married to Christine since 1977 and we have five daughters and eleven grand children so far. In 1990 our family joined the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, of which we were a part of for fifteen years. We started the House of the Community in Denver at the call of Archbishop Chaput in 1999. In 2004 Christine and I founded CatholicMarriagePrep.com, and then left the Community to dedicate ourselves to our ministry. We have been the Directors of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2005. In 2010, we became American citizens. I love fly-fishing, hiking and gardening!

“Weekly Best of” Feedback May 4 – May 8, 2015

“Weekly Best of” Feedback May 4 – May 8, 2015

At first, I just saw it as a course I just had to finish, but I came to enjoy reading each lesson and the opportunity it gave for deeper thinking...

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Why We Can't Just Give the Engaged Couples Videos to Watch

Why We Can't Just Give the Engaged Couples Videos to Watch

Joe and Brenda:
“We were surprised with the amount of required work! I’m almost 30 and my wife to be is in her late 20’s. After working all day, and planning our wedding, I would say in total we have spent at least 30 hours working on this. Come on! This is 2013! This just seems a bit old school! Like us, most people already live together. Other religions just sit down with the couple getting married and have a chat. This took up a lot of our time!"

At the same time, this is what a general ad for magazines claims:
Media continues to proliferate. Attention span continues to shrink.
Why then are 93% of Americans adults still so attached to magazines?

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A Merry Christmas from USPS!

A Merry Christmas from USPS!

Today I braved our first blizzard to drive to my local Post Office. I had to ship some precious Christmas gifts to our family in France, daughters, grand kids, brothers and sisters...

Christmas is the time of the year when we do not look (too much) at the expense to share our love and our faith in Jesus, our greatest gift ever!

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My Wife Has Been Cured From OCD

My Wife Has Been Cured From OCD

Saturday is cleaning day at our place, everybody knows it.

Even the neighbors when they hear the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbeans full blast through all open windows and doors, slightly covered by the vroom of the vacuum.

So, yes everybody knows!

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Encounter at the Post Office

Friday 5:25 pm, at the local post office, two last customers in a hurry and three post office employees ready to pack up and leave.

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Death of Democracy in the Western World

We are all Cristeros!

Last night, March 9, 2013, the French Senate voted yes on the “Marriage for All” law.
Does it affect you in any way? Of course it does.

The majority of French people is against this; maybe up to 2 million people took to the streets of Paris in a mind-blowing protest! The government declared the demonstration didn’t change anything.

French president Hollande said, “This law was a campaign promise!”

As though any campaign promise has ever been kept.

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Conscience Protection

Once in a while, I watch the French news via Internet.

On Sunday, March 3rd, there was an astonishing broadcast about how difficult it's become today to have an abortion in France.

The broadcast showed a woman doctor (either preparing for, or actually performing an abortion, I'm not sure. I couldn't watch that part), and a local Planning Familial (the equivalent of Planned Parenthood) pro-abortion employee making fake phone calls to different hospitals, and two women who wanted to have an abortion because of their desperate situations.

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It's Time!

 

 

Sept. 11, 2001
3,000 people murdered in one day…

For months following the event, Churches were packed. Prayer was intense and fervent.

People turn to God when a calamity strikes them. When they are scared, when they feel helpless, then God becomes their only refuge. Churches are filled.

After 9/11,when people were asked what was most important to them in their lives, the answer was: “FAMILY.” 

Since Roe vs Wade, over 3,000 people have been murdered EVERY DAY in the USA alone. The reaction? Complete and utter indifference. No one wants to face reality.

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