Inspirational Author: Embracing the virtues to live a happier life!

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For children, it is difficult to wait for anything! Wouldn’t it be nice if your child or grandchild exhibited a little patience? Help is on the way! Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity–Finding Patience is a book for children ages 4-8, an age when patience seems non-existent! This book offers parents and educators a practical, yet entertaining way of introducing and reinforcing patience through the power of prayer. For it is through prayer that Faith, the oldest of three sisters, learns how God works within her, in His time, to help her grow in patience.

The book is available for sale through Createspace and Amazon.

Autographed copies of this book are available for sale, securely via PayPal, directly from Virginia Lieto, by clicking here.

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I Had a Dream…I was Not Alone

I had a dream About a month ago, I had a dream that changed my life. In the dream, I was alone in a moving car. My legs were embedded between the back of the front passenger’s seat and the actual seat itself. I tried to free my legs so that I could get into the driver’s seat and stop the car. However, I couldn’t break free. I looked out the front window, and I saw that the car was heading down a very snowy, icy and steep hill. The car slid on the ice and drifted off to the side of the road, Continue reading

Morality, Virtue: Foreign Words?

Morality and Virtue People hunger for goodness and happiness in their lives. Yet, when I mention the words morality or virtue in a conversation, I see eyes glaze over and minds shut down. What is it about these words that turn people off, especially since these words represent all that one actually hopes for in this life? There is a definite disconnect. So, as an adjunct professor of Theology, who happens to teach a course called the Fundamentals of Catholic Moral Theology, let me help by connecting the dots.

First, let’s define morality and virtue:

Morality refers to the standards by which Continue reading

Could We Show a Little Tact Please?

July 18, 2016

clinton-trump lack of tact The conventions are upon us. Today begins the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, running though to Thursday, the 21st. The following week we have the Democratic National Convention beginning July 25th through to the 28th. With that said, I have a request to make: Could we, as a nation, show a little tact please? I think it is sad that I have to ask that our political candidates use some tact in their political discourse. Needless to say, it requires that I make a plea for civility, given recent historical experience.

If history is Continue reading

Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient

Lexies Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient Let me introduce you to Lexie Goodwin from Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya – Love is Patient, written by Susan G. Mathis, and illustrated by April Stark. Love is Patient is the first installment in a series of children’s books that Mathis and Stark plan to produce based upon 1 Corinthians 13.

This intended series uses a very interesting approach in teaching children, not only about the facets of love, but also about interacting with others, as well as about living in another part of the world. Lexie’s parents visit missionaries and assist them in their efforts. They bring their Continue reading

Admonish the Sinner and Remain Unscathed

Admonish the Sinner How we communicate truth is the starting place for how to admonish the sinner while remaining unscathed. In this Year of Mercy, I write about a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy each month. This month we address the spiritual work of mercy to “admonish the sinner.”

Perception of truth – wait a minute! Isn’t truth simply truth, and considered undeniable? Yes; but how we communicate the truth makes all the difference. If you come from the corporate world, like I did, then one of the first things you learned about dealing with conflict, is that one’s personal Continue reading

Saint Maria Goretti: Her Influence on Me

Maria Goretti I noticed a profound difference in myself since venerating the relics of Saint Maria Goretti last October (2015). Her relics visited my parish in Charlotte, NC as part of a national tour. As part of the veneration process, I took the time to learn more about this saint, of whose Feast Day we celebrate today. She is the saint associated with the virtues of forgiveness and mercy.

As a result of my visit with her relics, Saint Maria Goretti left a lasting impact on me. Since last October, I seem to more easily identify my sins of omission; Continue reading

One Nation, Under God; Our Pledge of Allegiance

one nation under God In the United States, when we pledge allegiance to our country, we declare, one nation, under God. In your mind, does that statement depict how we are behaving these days as citizens of the United States? My answer would be no.

I see a divided nation, not a united nation. I see individualism as the root cause for our division. As Americans we all want the same things: peace, prosperity, with liberty and justice for all – don’t we? Hmm… maybe we need to have a collective definition of these terms, rather than individualistic definitions. It seems that my definition Continue reading

Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval Recipient

Catholic Writers Group SOA for Adventures of Faith Hope and Charity: Finding PatienceWith excitement, I share some great news with all of you! Please celebrate with me! Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity – Finding Patience, received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. The Guild awards this honor to literature that embodies and reinforces teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Guild’s Seal of Approval provides retailers, and the public, with assurance that what they purchase contains quality. Seal of Approval books are known for their Catholicity and editorial quality. Each submission goes through much scrutiny. The Guild prides itself in only recommending those books that Continue reading