About Patrick



Growing up in a regimented home run by a police officer and a doctor, I gained an early appreciation for discipline, education, and hard work. Since both careers required them to be out of the house at all hours of the day, I also learned to be very independent at an early age as a type of latchkey kid. It wasn’t uncommon for my brother, sister, and I to prepare ourselves for school, ride our bikes to and from, and then amuse ourselves in the afternoon until adult supervision arrived. We made our own meals and had to be self-starters in our school work. This was all before the age of ten.

Naturally, I took that family foundation and joined the military. My outlook solidified with Army basic training at Fr Knox, KY, continued through the regimentation of the Air Force Academy, and carried me through as an Air Force officer and eventual entrepreneur.

I have always been rules-oriented… I like to see things work the way they are intended. My professional life has spanned both public and private sectors; military and civilian cultures; spiritual and temporal matters. In all of them, one key focus is important: “remember who you serve.” I believe that most problems in this world would disappear if we would just keep our purpose foremost in our minds… our purpose is to serve. The challenge is to recognize who is served in every decision we make.






Personal Rosary






In the rosary, we meditate on the mysteries of Christ and His mother. The Virgin Mary shares in the joy of His coming and the suffering of His passion and death. She is present in the major moments of His life and was raised to join Him in glory at her passing. The rosary is a reflection on His life in Scripture, her life of absolute faithfulness, and our own lives imitating them in communion with His Bride, the Church.

This book is a collection of personal prayers for deeper meditation on the mysteries. Where The Scriptural Rosary follows the life of Christ in Scripture, The Personal Rosary meditates on our lives following Him. As we pray to “imitate what [these mysteries] contain”, we focus our meditation on how we can take up our crosses in daily sacrificial love for God and one another.

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Love and Fear

Every action begins with a thought. Every thought leads to a goal.

Negative emotions are generally manifestations of fear

Overcome negative emotions with positive actions and attitudes

The power of love as a primary motivation

Recognize the love and fear driving every decision


Overcoming Adversity

Failure isn’t fatal: Problems can be the beginning of new opportunities

Seize opportunities: Demonstrate resilience and integrity

The greater the challenge, the greater the glory

Success isn’t automatic: Keep moving forward




Power in Servant Leadership

Focus on the mission: Be purpose-driven

Share the vision: Communication is essential

Take care of your people: Leaders need followers and followers need leaders

Empower your people: Develop your people and cheer their success

Build on Success: Keep moving forward


Power of Faith

You’re not the center of the universe: You have neither the world on your shoulders nor at your feet

Recognize God’s perspective: We are all sinners in need of salvation

Who are you worshiping? (God, neighbor, wealth, community)

Am I at Church to worship God or be seen by others?

Did I choose a Church to serve God or because I want something from the community?

Trust God’s plan and be patient with Him


Defeating the Culture of Death

The world fears overpopulation. God says “be fruitful and multiply.”

Christ has overcome the world and Christians are His Hands and Feet

The Church must oppose evil in all manifestations

Opposing evil in public policy means taking a position on candidates and parties advocating for evil


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    Our Lord faced a great deal of opposition in His day. It wasn’t because He was a bad person… quite the opposite. They hated Him for his goodness. They hated the Truth He personified. We understand in the age of the Church that He came to die for our sins on the cross… the leaders […]

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    The Great Commission received from Christ by the Apostles and passed to us as their heirs calls us to work.

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    Those who know me know that I really like superhero movies. A lot. When I was a kid, I watched Superman at least 50 times in a single Summer. I identify with him. He’s kind of the “speak softly” (Clark Kent) “and carry a big stick” (Superman) kind of guy. That’s me. Where most superheroes […]

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    “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard…” Matt 20:1-16 It can be difficult to separate ourselves from our work. Work is the source of our income, our sustenance, even our self-worth and, for some, our identity. We want to be paid commensurate with […]

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"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson
"The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; it is right [to do so].... There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man." -- G.K. Chesterton
"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them." -- Thomas Jefferson
"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery." -- Thomas Jefferson
"I respect ordinary thieves more than I respect politicians. Ordinary thieves take my money without pretense. (They) don’t insult my intelligence by proclaiming that they’ll use the money that they steal from me to make my life better." -- Walter Williams
A democracy flirts with the danger of becoming a slave in direct ratio to the numbers of its citizens who work, but do not own / or who own, but do not work; or who distribute, as politicians do, but do not produce. The danger of the 'slave state' disappears in ratio to the numbers of people who own property and admit its attendant responsibilities under God. They can call their souls their own because they own and administer something other than their souls. Thus they are free." -- Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear." -- 2 Timothy 4:3
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