Comparisons are Poison

01-20-2019Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

Comparisons are poison.

I’ll never forget the time I was completely content with my salary until I accidentally stumbled across a co-worker’s salary. Suddenly, I felt disrespected and massively underpaid. It was nearly twenty years ago. What changed? Nothing – except I was comparing myself to someone else.


Live Lives Pleasing to God

01-13-2019Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

I can’t stop talking about goals in January. I think it is part of my American DNA. I’ve rattled off several of them recently. Most of them are good and worthy of our efforts.


A Time for Change

01-06-2019Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

Merry Christmas Season everyone! It’s the first Sunday of the New Year! It’s a time of resolutions. It’s a time to avoid the bathroom scale. And it’s often a time for change.



12-30-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

Humility is a funny thing. It really does a have a funny way of finding us. After all, by all accounts, our parish mission was a tremendous success. The church was packed. People went to confession for the first time in years. Laughter and praise filled our campus. And a few of you kind souls even sought me out to thank me for the article encouraging you to go. It would be easy to get convinced of my own greatness. (That might be taking it a bit far, but you get the point.)...except for a few pieces of “hate mail” I received for the exact same column.


Grow in Your Faith

12-16-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

A few times a year, Our Lady of Joy goes out of its way to plan and execute large, parish-wide events. Often, these take the form of parish retreats. Tragically, only a small percentage of you attend these retreats. Why?


Be Christ's Hands and Feet

12-09-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

This past week, I blew a tire on Pima and Lone Mountain. With a commute totaling about 70 miles each workday, this isn’t uncommon and I know what to do. I got off the road as far as possible and removed my spare tire and jack from the trunk. Unfortunately, a crucial part of the jack was missing. I calledseveral coworkers, but I am the first one in each morning, so no one was close.


Practice Your Faith

12-02-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

It has been a few weeks since I wrote this column, so first things first…I want to begin by thanking Sr. Mary Eileen for covering for me over the past two weeks. Next time, I need to find someone who isn’t quite so eloquent, intelligent, and spiritual! (Making me look bad, Sister!)