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Tips for a Holier New Year: Day 5 – Expect Temptations

Jan 10, 2018 By Whitney Hetzel

Bottom Line Up Front: Expect TemptationSaint 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 tempted[...]

Tips For a Holier New Year: Day 4 – Conversion is Continual

Jan 09, 2018 By Whitney Hetzel

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 f[...]

Tips For a Holier New Year: Day 3 – Think About Your Character

Jan 08, 2018 By Whitney Hetzel

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. Sai[...]

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Why Do Catholics Choose A Saint’s Name At Baptism?

Jan 08, 2018 By Ashley Osmera

Candles are lit, the petite white gown has been donned by a squirming infant, and now the celebrant turns to the parents holding the child and solemnly asks:“What name do you give your child?”In reply, you might hear:Ashley Elizabeth...David Joseph...Mary Joy...Justin Michael…There’s nothing that says “Catholic” quite like the n[...]

Tips for A Holier New Year: Day 2 - Talk To God Every Day

Jan 05, 2018 By Whitney Hetzel

Bottom Line Up front: Talk to God Every DayI 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 within the framework of time. We can only move forward in time, not[...]