Who are the first five women who come to mind when you think of female saints? (Take a moment to name those five before continuing to read.) When I stopped to consider five female saints, I thought of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Agnes, and St. Clare. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
So, that means every time our feet hit the floor in the morning, the Lord gives us the chance to start over. Starting over doesn’t require a ball to drop in New York City! Isn’t that amazing? God’s limitless mercies are new every single day. It’s something that’s easily forgotten, but an absolutely incredible gift.