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 […]
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 […]