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Sexual Sins, A Real Deterrent to Heaven

Sexual sins deter us from heavenAs a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Coordinator, I get a lot of questions about marriage, divorce and the need for annulments. Unlike some of our Protestant brethren, Catholics believe that marriage is a sacrament, instituted by God, at the dawn of mankind (Gen. 2:24) and reaffirmed by Christ (Matt 19:6). We also believe that it is a covenantal commitment between husband, wife and God, meant to last for a lifetime. In that covenantal relationship, God blesses the union of man and woman, and seals it with an unbreakable marriage bond. Therefore, sexual sins, conducted outside of the Continue reading

Teresa of Avila: Saint and Doctor of the Church

Saint Teresa of AvilaToday is the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish nun, who with Saint John of the Cross, reformed the Carmelite Order. Together, they established eleven convents throughout Spain between 1567 and 1576. Then in 1580, Teresa of Avila received papal approval to establish the Discalced Carmelite Order, which adopted a more austere lifestyle than the Carmelites. With the establishment of this new Order, Teresa opened five additional convents, prior to her death in 1582.

She received much scrutiny and disbelief for having claimed to receive visions from God. Not to be daunted, she put pen Continue reading

Business Ethics Have a Moral Basis

Business EthicsWe live in a secular world. Yet, how we conduct ourselves, in business, has at its foundation God’s moral laws – what we call today, business ethics.  Business ethics calls for us to be honest, respectful, wise, prudent, just, tactful and courteous in transacting business with others. These ethics require us to be virtuous, if we want to be successful!

Business Ethics at Work

Honest – The Eighth Commandment states, “You shall not bear dishonest witness against your neighbor” (Deut. 5:20). God calls us to live by the truth. Live an upright life, both in action and Continue reading

Jesus Asks: What is Written in the Law?

written in the lawIn today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us an oral exam. Specifically, Jesus asks, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” (Luke 10:26)

This is in response to a man asking Jesus what is necessary to gain entry to heaven. The man responds correctly, by noting that he is to love God with his whole heart, and to love his neighbor as himself. Yet, the man asks for clarification on the definition of “neighbor.” Jesus responds with the parable about the Good Samaritan. In this story Jesus comments on two people who avoid helping an injured man Continue reading

Bead by Bead: The Scriptural Rosary – Book Review

Bead by BeadWith the upcoming Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, on Oct 7th, I thought it might be appropriate to share with you a wonderful book, written by Meggie K. Daly. In Bead by Bead: The Scriptural Rosary, Daly treats us to an insightful way to pray the Scriptural Rosary. You need not be an aficionado on the Rosary to appreciate this book. Perhaps you never said the Rosary but might be interested in learning how to do it. No sweat – Daly covers the basics to get you started.

Bead by Bead, We Walk with Continue reading

Saint Therese of Lisieux Feast Day

Saint ThereseToday is the Feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux, a 19th century Carmelite nun, and Doctor of the Church. Saint Therese comes from a very devout Catholic family, where her parents, Marie-Azelle Guerin and Louis Martin, are also canonized saints of the Church. She was one of nine children, of which four died in childhood. Her remaining siblings were four sisters, who also became nuns.

Saint Therese and Her “Little Way”

Saint Therese is known for her “Little Way” – a way of simplicity and humility in serving Our Lord in the most mundane ways. For example, Saint Continue reading

A Storyteller’s Guide to Joyful Service – Book Review

Joyful ServiceWhat sheer joy it was to read A Storyteller’s Guide to Joyful Service, by best-selling author, Tony Agnesi. This sequel to A Storyteller’s Guide to A Graced Filled Life, moves us from the stories of Tony’s upbringing, to stories of how, and why, he entered ministry in service to others.  Agnesi is a storyteller, at heart. Give him a room full of people, and he will have them laughing, crying, and wanting more! Well, in this latest in his series, he did just that!

Joyful Service Made Me Laugh

He made me laugh when I read the Continue reading

Playing by Heart, by Carmela Martino – Book Review

Playing by HeartIn Playing by Heart, by Carmela Martino, we meet two gifted sisters. The story,  set in 1730’s, Milan, Italy, introduces us to Maria, a gifted linguist, mathematician and speaker. Her sister, Emilia, excels at playing and composing music, as well as singing. Where Maria shines in knowledge of the sciences, Emilia glistens in the arts. In 1730’s Italy, it was rare to come across educated females.

We find that the girls father’s long held desire to gain a noble title, drives the entire story; propelling the girls into situations that a young lady of the 21st century Continue reading