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More Than A Feeling: The Aura of St. John Paul II

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 04.28.14 |

JPII

Shortly after becoming Catholic in 1998, I had the opportunity to stand only a few feet away from St. John Paul II at a Wednesday audience in Rome. It was for only a few brief moments, but I’ll never forget the aura of his presence. Despite his obvious frailty, there was something incredibly powerful about this man. He radiated holiness and love. You couldn’t help but be affected. He so moved me that…  [Continue Reading]

Beer, Chocolate and Embracing Lent

Need something sweet to get you through Lent? Of course you do! So check out this quick video by our Executive Director Matthew Leonard.

Record High in Florida!

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 10.04.13 |

Matt Speaking in Venice

I’ve always liked Florida. I’ve been going there off and on for vacation since I was a kid and have done business there, too. And while I have always enjoyed myself in the “Sunshine State,” September 14, 2013, was of particular note. Why? First of all, because I only spent about 5 minutes at the beach, which is unusual. More importantly, because it was the largest Journey Through Scripture training…  [Continue Reading]

“Louder Than Words: The Art of Living As a Catholic”

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 03.18.13 |

Why Matthew Leonard wrote Louder Than Words.

The Dark Night Rises

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 12.14.12 |

St. john of the cross

St. John of the Cross is about as hard-core as they come. He leaves no wiggle room when it comes to seeking sanctity. In fact, this 16th century Spanish saint is called the “Mystical Doctor” because of the heights of holiness he achieved. His one goal was union with God.

For a long time my only real knowledge of John was in reference to his mysterious description of the “dark night of the soul” -…  [Continue Reading]

A True Thanksgiving

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 11.21.12 |

Turkey Photo

The turkey is thawing. Cars are being packed. Houses are being cleaned. I guess I’ve finally grown up because everybody’s on their way to my house this year. For the first time the Leonard family is hosting Thanksgiving. So while I don’t have to drive hours on end to distant lands in a van full of restless children, all juice spills and unidentified food items must be removed from the floors and walls…  [Continue Reading]

"To the Ends of the Earth"

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 05.09.12 |

New Zealand Postcard
Now that the jet-lag is a fading memory and I’m no longer a nocturnal creature haunting the halls of my house, I thought I’d briefly share with you about my recent trip to New Zealand. First of all, I don’t know how anyone can live in a place of such natural beauty and not know there is a God. Everywhere you look could serve as a postcard. Even the gas stations are picturesque!

I traveled to the…  [Continue Reading]
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The World Series of Bible Study

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 10.29.10 |

I’m not saying they’re necessarily connected, but I do find it rather interesting that the teams playing in the World Series just happen to represent states in which we’ve just presented the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture Parish-Based Bible Study Program. In fact, based on the crowds and their enthusiasm, you could say we’ve had our own championship season. In just two weekends we equipped…  [Continue Reading]


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