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

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2016 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist - Children's Religion

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, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Autographed copies of this book are available for sale, securely via PayPal, directly from Virginia Lieto, by clicking on the My Book! tab at the top of the home page.

Honesty: Where Does It Really Get You?

May 25, 2016

Honesty How do you want to be perceived by others? Do you want to be perceived in light of honesty and trustworthiness? I’m sure the answer is yes; who wouldn’t want to be perceived in such a manner? Well, to be considered honest and trustworthy, you have to be honest and trustworthy in your words and actions. Even con men get found out sooner or later; so deception will never win the day for you.

So, “everyone lies,” you say? Even if that were true, does that give you the right to lie? Just because everyone else does it, does that Continue reading

Learning to Love with the Saints – Book Review

Learning to Love with the Saints -- front cover 231 x 346Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, by Jean M. Heimann, is a beautiful story of Jean’s life and love for Jesus. In this book, Jean artfully uses quotes from Saint Theresé of Lisieux, Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Avila to help her tell her life’s story of pain and suffering, joy and sorrow, but most of all, her love for Christ.

We learn of Jean’s upbringing, in a small Illinois town in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. We also learn about the trials and strength of Jean’s parents, as well as the trials Continue reading

“Living a Virtuous Life” Day Retreat

Living a Virtuous Life RetreatThis past weekend, I was honored to present my “Living a Virtuous Life” day retreat to my home parish. I have to admit, that I was nervous at first. I kept thinking about the biblical passage where Jesus wasn’t accepted within His own home town of Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30). Would my own parish family treat me the same? It wasn’t like I was claiming “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21), but I was proclaiming what we as followers of Christ need to do to become more Christ-like; more virtuous. I kept Continue reading

Hope Livingstone’s Surprise: The Back Story

Hope's Surprise

Hope Livingstone, and her family, had just moved into a new house, in a new town. Life was chaotic. Boxes were everywhere. Peanuts were flying out of boxes, thanks to Hope’s little sister Charity. Hope didn’t mind that it would mean that Hope would need to clean it all up. Hope thought moving was exciting! Everywhere she turned, she found a new surprise, as she explored every nook and cranny of their new house!

Hope always looks at life as if it were an adventure; something to explore; treasures to find. So moving was thrilling to Hope, who possesses an Continue reading

Live Today Well: Book Review

Live Today Well

Live Today Well: Saint Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness, by Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S is a gem! This five-star book offers anyone wanting to grow closer to God a practical means of doing so. Fr. Dailey takes the reader through Saint Francis de Sales’ Spiritual Directory, using contemporary ways of applying this ever useful, and timeless instruction of St Francis on how to live today well; from one’s first rising in the morning until one lays their head down to sleep at night. This book offers prayerful ways that we can grow in virtue; Continue reading

Tim McGraw: “Humble and Kind”

Tim McGrawNot sure if y’all knew this or not, but I am a big country music fan. I heard Tim McGraw sing his new song, Humble and Kind, at a recent Country Music Awards show. Then, I seemed to catch it every time it played on the radio. Tim McGraw has a wonderfully distinct voice and this song speaks to my heart. Being the lover of virtue that I am, I immediately honed in on the lyrics, as well as the melody, of the song. I had some thoughts on the underlying message, but I was interested in learning how Continue reading

Children are Like Sponges! Teach Them Well!

Children are like sponges 1When you think about those virtues that you want your children to possess, what comes to mind?

  • Is it gratitude? Do you constantly tell them to say thank you?
  • Is it respect? Do you keep reiterating to them to say please, play nicely; share their toys?
  • Is it patience? Do you tell your children that some things are worth the wait, and in the process teach them how to wait?

By your living example, you teach them all of this, and much more. By your own faith and trust in God, or lack of faith and trust in God, you Continue reading

Do You Struggle to be Christ-Like? God Comes to the Rescue!

God is with us in our struggle

Jesus is the epitome of virtue; the exemplar of how we are to live. We are all good at some virtues but, unlike Jesus, we are unable to master all of them. It seems that no matter how hard we try we seem to continue to struggle mastering some of them.

With what virtues do you excel? With what virtues do you struggle? In the areas where you excel, do you find the virtues come easy to you? In the areas where you struggle, do you have any idea why you experience such difficulty in mastering said virtues?

Let’s do Continue reading