Category Archives: Family

Clay’s Corner Episode #9: How World Youth Day Changed My Life

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are gathering in Krakow, Poland for the World Youth Day celebrations starting this Tuesday.

In my new Clay’s Corner, I look back at my 2 World Youth Day experiences (Denver in 1993 and Toronto in 2002) and how they changed my life – especially with respect to my calling to youth and young adult ministry.

Let us pray for all the pilgrims of World Youth Day 2016!

Clay’s Corner Episode #7: When Your Wife is Amazing

My new Clay’s Corner is a must-watch for married couples (especially husbands) and anyone planning or hoping to get married.

I’m joined by my good friend Josh Canning (Alpha Canada, creator of Canadian Catholic) to talk about our amazing wives – Lisa and Gail.

In particular, we talk about how our wives bring out the best in us, and how they help us and challenge us when we struggle. We also discuss how our wives help us in our journey to become men of God.

Clay’s Corner Episode #6: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

We’ve all heard the saying “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Well, if that’s the case, then our three kids flatter me to no end.

In my new Clay’s Corner, I look at the ways that Sean, Jacob, and Kayla are similar to me – good, bad, and ugly. I also suggest another loving Father that we can all look to as someone to imitate.

Clay’s Corner Episode #5: Remembering Dad on Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there!

In my new Clay’s Corner, I pay tribute to my late father Larry, who passed away on October 11, 2004 at the age of 63. I share the story of his passing, along with many of my favourite memories of him.

I’m thankful that Dad taught me so many things, especially how to be a man and how to raise my children.

Let Go and Let God

Have you ever wanted to be in two places at once? 

I found myself in that situation last Tuesday, April 19.  That was the date when two major events took place for our family:  Gail had major surgery in the morning and Jacob received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the evening.  Gail’s recovery precluded her from attending Jake’s Confirmation.  More on that in a bit.

Gail went to see our family doctor back in early February  when she started to spot. Gail’s usually very regular so this was certainly out of the ordinary.  After a few weeks of monitoring, a couple more visits to the doctor, and an ultrasound, it was confirmed in mid-March that Gail had cysts on/in her ovaries.  The multi-cyst on her left ovary was the size of a tennis ball.

Needless to say, we were very concerned that the cysts were cancerous.  However, it would take weeks to confirm or deny this so there wasn’t much we could do except to pray.  Gail’s blood work and MRI came back indicating that Gail had endometriosis but the jury was out on cancer.  So again we waited.

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