Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week of the church year—even more so than Christmas. Beginning with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, and ending with Easter Sunday, Holy Week progresses to its final days with great solemnity. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is referred to as […]
“Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These words, which derive from the Book of Genesis, were spoken in the liturgy on Ash Wednesday when ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful. We naturally begin this season of Lent with a contemplation of our death. Join us for […]
Whether we ourselves are athletes or not, most of us recognize what it takes to compete in the Olympic Games. There is a universal understanding that athletes in the Olympics have worked hard to get there. As we watch the games, we will witness these athletes struggle against pain, face adversity, and push through mental obstacles. We acknowledge that even if they do not win an actual medal, in a sense they have won, by virtue of the incredible hard work and tremendous effort that brought them to the Games.
Bottom Line Upfront: Make Time for God Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed “– Saint Francis de Sales The truth is that we are all busy. In day two of this series, Father Joe talked about how making prayer a priority in […]
Bottom Line Up Front: Expect Temptation Saint Francis de Sales implored his flock not to be surprised when faced with temptations. In his Sermon on the First Sunday of Lent he said the following regarding temptations: “We make a mistake if we assume that in this Christian walk we can avoid temptation. Christ himself was […]
Bottom Line Upfront: Conversion is continual As we contemplate resolutions in the New Year, it is natural to think of them as significant changes that occur all of a sudden. Once we decide to change, it happens! However, this is not so with the spiritual life. Conversion is ongoing, growth takes times, and transformation comes […]
The Bottom Line Up front: Think about your character Character is not something we are born with. It is something we develop through our habits on a daily basis. The guiding principle of St. Francis de Sales‘s Spiritual Directory affirms that each day offers us multiple opportunities to embody and enact the faith we profess. […]
Bottom Line Up front: Talk to God Every Day I saw a quote recently that said, “Until we believe that prayer is a good use of our time, we will not make time for prayer”. How true this is! There is one thing we all have in common: Time. In this life, we all live […]
January is the perfect time to contemplate how to live a holier life in the new year, and the following post is the first in a six- day blog series devoted to helping you make some positive changes. To that end, we want to share some thoughts from Father Joe Coffey, a Navy Chaplain based […]
The end of August ushers in the beginning of the school year for many, and we are reminded to pray for our children and for their studies throughout the upcoming year. As a mother with two in college, one in high school, and three more being taught at home, I have much to pray for, including myself and all their teachers.