Catholic Public Speaker and Inspirational Author: Embracing the virtues to live a happier life!

Envy will Disappoint You – Every Time! Be Content!

envy We continue with the second installment of our seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss envy.

How many times have you wished that you could buy a fancy new car like the neighbors? Or take a vacation to an exotic place like some friend? Or get a big raise, like your older sibling just got? It is not wrong to want these things too. However, when you begin to resent these people for what they have that you do not, then you become envious. When you allow envy to take hold in your heart, you only set yourself up for disappointment and sorrow – every time! Rather than counting one’s blessings, the envious person counts Continue reading

Hello Summer! Embrace the Season with Gratitude

hello summer Today marks the first day of Summer. It’s a time of year when families come together to refresh mind, body and spirit. Perhaps it’s a trip to the mountains, or a week at the beach; whatever your pleasure, I hope that you experience much peace, joy and fond memories this summer.

Summer is a time when we can sit back and take stock of all of our blessings. Perhaps it is a stable job and health insurance. Perhaps it is news of improved health of a loved one. Whatever your blessings, I pray that the Holy Spirit fills you with gratitude.

Summer is a time when the trees are in full bloom; roses abound to paint the landscape. Perhaps it Continue reading

Thanks Be to God and You!

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Thanks is an easy word to say…

… but sometimes it doesn’t get expressed as often as it should. Therefore, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to take this time and space to specifically say thank you:

  • To God, for blessing me with abundant graces. He guides me every day. He loves me unconditionally. He forgives my transgressions and extends mercy on my soul.
  • To my husband, for your never-ending, self-giving love, support and friendship.
  • To my family and friends who share my joys and sorrows. Your love is pure gold to me.
  • To all of my followers: I love interacting with you. I like to hear what’s going on in your life. I appreciate learning Continue reading

Grateful Hearts: Count Your Blessings!

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Grateful hearts humbly acknowledge that there is a need to be filled, via the talents of others. We consider it a blessing from God when someone steps up to address the need that we couldn’t otherwise fulfill ourselves. We are grateful to God and to our fellow man for rushing to our aid!

What are you grateful for these days? When was the last time you counted your blessings? I can attest from experience that when I count my blessings and express my gratitude to God, my mood improves. I have had many opportunities to do so, while going through the book writing and publishing processes. I experienced times of “blood, sweat and tears.” I thought my book would never Continue reading

Gratitude is Personal and Reverent

gratitude3 Gratitude is personal. Here is an example. If a person takes a taxi to the doctor’s office, he simply does so, and pays the taxi fare. However, if this same person received a ride to the doctor’s office by a neighbor or friend, then we have a different story. This person would most likely feel a sense of gratitude for the time and attention received. He/she would express gratitude by saying thank you for the kindness expressed. Therefore, for gratitude to exist, two human beings must be involved; one that gives, without expecting anything in return, and one that receives. “…gratitude is the expression of a personal encounter in human need.” 1 For the giver, an act Continue reading

Celebration Time! Book Published!

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Celebration time!

Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity – Finding Patience is a book for children ages 4-8, who need to learn the value of being patient. This book teaches children that virtues are graces that come from God. He will never say no to a request for a virtue such as patience. For children, it is difficult to wait for anything! 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.

What sets this book apart is that God is at the center of this story, with actual children learning patience; not inanimate objects, so often depicted in other children’s books. The human Continue reading

Thank You! Two Words: Never Overused!

photo by Dominik Gwarek

photo by Dominik Gwarek

“Thank you” can never be said too much. Gratitude is a sense of thankfulness to God and to your fellow man for kindnesses extended to you, expressed in word or in deed.

Everything good that comes our way is a gift from God. We came into this world with nothing. We leave with nothing. All that we obtain in between comes from God. Therefore, we say thank you to God for meeting our needs and blessing us in abundance; for providing us with possibilities and opportunities. We even say thank you to God for times of suffering. For it is in suffering that we are united to Christ’s suffering; when we are gifted with the opportunity Continue reading