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 […]
There are many beautiful and ancient traditions that come to us from the East in the form of special blessings that the Church performs on Epiphany: the blessing of water, chalk, and homes.
The temptation to gossip is part of being human. But it’s possible that our digital world—with it’s constant use of instant communication and information sharing—makes it easier to do, and with so many ways to talk to my friends I find myself making allowances for comments that aren’t nice, useful or necessary. So for the next couple weeks I am going to try nip my temptations to gossip in the bud.
If you’re anything like me, once Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas can’t come soon enough. There’s just something about decking the halls and James Taylor At Christmas that brings out my inner child and an even greater sense of joy during the month of December. But with all the excitement of the Christmas season, […]
Joy is a funny thing. It’s a word that is thrown around to describe as many types of circumstances as one can think of. People speak of joy in many ways. They will say they are overjoyed that: they had enough coffee grounds left to make one last cup of joe they recently found out […]
Just as Jasper has been used to cut away and bring out the best in other stones, so do we need to cut away what is unnecessary and ugly in our souls to be prepared to receive Christ at Christmas. When He comes, He skillfully and lovingly carves away everything in our hearts that keeps us from living fully and freely in His love.
Even though she was a woman of great holiness, Elizabeth was still human. I can only imagine the humiliation which she experienced from the public and private reproach she received from the family she married into! She is truly an incredible example of patience, surrender, and humility. In light of this beautiful testimony, I’d like to share a very powerful litany that makes my heart cringe and stretch and groan and grow all at the same time. It’s called the Litany of Humility.
A few years ago, a close friend introduced me to the 10 virtues of Mary. Although I had completed St. Louis de Montfort’s total consecration to Mary, I didn’t know anything about the 10 virtues formally associated with Our Lady. I was fascinated when I learned about the Blessed Mother’s virtues and before long, they were something that had become near and dear to my heart. What are her 10 virtues?
For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things. Whatsoever I may receive during the day, teach me to accept them tranquilly, with the firm conviction that everything comes by Your holy will. Govern my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say. When unforeseen things occur, do not let me forget that everything comes from You.
I have lots of memories of Christmases from my youth. I vividly remember making delicious holiday meals, singing in the children’s choir at mass, and excitedly buying presents for my siblings and parents, among many other things. But I don’t remember too much about Advent growing up, except for lighting the Advent wreath every night […]