What I’m doing this Lent (Will You Join Me?)

What I’m doing this Lent (Will You Join Me?)

Let’s get off our phones. Here’s how I plan on doing it: Get a monitoring app For iPhone users, I recommend using the Moment app. For Android users, I recommend using the Quality Time app. Limit your time on your phone to 30 minutes per day Don’t let anyone see you on...

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8 Life-Changing Books I Read in 2017

8 Life-Changing Books I Read in 2017

It is time to let the cat out of the bag. I’m writing a book. And not just any book, an amazingly helpful book. I can’t divulge many details just yet, but once I get the OK from my publisher, I’ll let you all know more. What I can tell you is that, essentially, I am...

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Interview with Justin McClain- Author,Teacher

Interview with Justin McClain- Author,Teacher

Justin McClain, author of Called to Teach (Ave Maria Press), sits down with me to talk about the spirituality of teaching, how technology effects learning and evangelization, and how to teach the whole student. Here's what we came up with: https://youtu.be/Zcrw--rnyLw...

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Interview with Cory Heimann of Likeable Art

Interview with Cory Heimann of Likeable Art

This week, I had a chance to sit down with Cory Heimann of Likeable Art. We talked about Catholic creativity- its place in our lives and its importance to the world. We also talk about his latest book "Created" (scroll down to enter the giveaway) which can be found at...

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Burdick Family Christmas Video, 2017

Burdick Family Christmas Video, 2017

From my household to yours, may this Christmas be filled with joy and may your 2018 be packed with motivation to accomplish every goal God has set up for you. Remember “it is he who accomplishes all that we have done” (and will do). -Isaiah 26:12 Merry Christmas and...

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Spiritual Giving is Better Than Physical Giving

Spiritual Giving is Better Than Physical Giving

Two doctors walk into a bar. Another man at the same bar falls to the ground and has a heart attack. The two doctors know exactly what is happening. The first Doctor falls to his knees and prays for the man. The second Doctor falls to his knees and begins to...

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Why Do Catholics Love Mary So Much?

Why Do Catholics Love Mary So Much?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvsR93HgsL8 Ok, so this is by far my FAVORITE question I get from people. Typically it is a protestant friend, or a Jehovah's Witness that comes knocking at the door, but there are plenty of agnostics and atheists who simply want to...

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The Road to Veritas: Why I Became a Lay Dominican

The Road to Veritas: Why I Became a Lay Dominican

The most common email I get comes from those who want to know my story about why (and how) I joined the Dominican Order as a layman. I tried to do it justice in this video that I created, but I’m realizing now that there is so much more to unravel. So, here’s the...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get My Latest Book

5 Reasons Why You Should Get My Latest Book

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Rosary in Kid Speak is the greatest book I’ve ever written. But me saying that won’t convince you to get a copy. So I compiled a list of 5 convincing reasons why you should get it regardless of what I think. Here goes:...

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Your Phone is “Precious” and You are Sméagol

Your Phone is “Precious” and You are Sméagol

You are Sméagol. One of the greatest characters to ever grace the pages of fiction was not a character at all- it was a ring, an inanimate object that tempts all who know of its existence to partake in its unrelenting and evil power. The creator of this ring was...

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A Focused Life is a Happy Life

A Focused Life is a Happy Life

Over a month ago, I challenged myself to become a more effective evangelist. I had been reading several books on the topic of focus and three of them mentioned a single strategy to remain diligent in my work over a long period of time. My issue had always been a lack...

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4 Ways to Grow Closer to God Every Single Day

4 Ways to Grow Closer to God Every Single Day

If you are like most people, the first thing you do when you wake up is look at your screen. After you take a shower, you check your email while you eat breakfast. On you commute to work, you check your social media while stopped at a red light and you check again...

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All of Your Rosary Problems Are Now Solved

All of Your Rosary Problems Are Now Solved

Rosary problems. We all have them. For some, it is trying to take your rosary out of your pocket and it has somehow managed to weave itself around and in between everything else in your pocket like your wallet, earbuds, keys, etc. For others, it is the always timeless...

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5 Ways to Use Technology to Grow Spiritually

5 Ways to Use Technology to Grow Spiritually

Let’s face it, it is time to admit that we can no longer go without the Internet. We love our devices but, what are they doing to our souls? In an effort grow closer to God... We tried digital detoxing. We tried going on social media fasts. We tried erasing the...

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The Theology of Sidewalk Chalk

The Theology of Sidewalk Chalk

The Burdick household has had a steady supply of sidewalk chalk stashed in the garage for the past 7 years and I can safely say that this invention of artistic genius is exactly the kind of toy that God had in mind when He invented “play.” Why, you may ask? Because...

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How to Audit Your Life

How to Audit Your Life

Life is a series of ups and downs. When everything seems to be going your way, it is guaranteed that things will get worse. The same is true on the opposite side of the spectrum- when darkness surrounds you; there’s light at the end of the tunnel. This series of highs...

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Why You Need to Become a Morning Person

Why You Need to Become a Morning Person

There are two types of people in this world: Early Birds and Night Owls. Early birds, of course, are the ones up at the crack of dawn, ready to carpe diem and get work done. Night Owls, on the other hand, stay up late and burn the midnight oil to accomplish their...

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How to Balance Your Life With Your Passion

How to Balance Your Life With Your Passion

You have 18 awake hours in your day. During this time, every person in this world lives a double life. We go to work and plug away because without our jobs, we wouldn't survive. We need our work because it sustains us. It turns our gears and provides us with safety,...

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How to Discern Homeschooling

How to Discern Homeschooling

Hi. I’m T.J., and I’m a homeschooling failure. Well, that’s not TOTALLY true, but my wife and I did attempt homeschooling our eldest for her Kindergarten year. Once spring hit, we realized that God was not calling us to continue. We discerned our hearts out and...

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Pay Off Your Sleep Debt

Pay Off Your Sleep Debt

Have you been staying up too late and waking up too early. Have you neglected your rest because you are either overworked or overtly passionate about something else, like your art, Netflix, or a significant other? You gotta pay off that sleep debt, or else......

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