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

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

The Beatitudes: Jesus’ Way Requires Virtue

BeatitudesIn today’s Gospel reading from Matt 5:1-12, we hear Jesus teach about the Beatitudes. I am quite partial to the Beatitudes, as they embody virtue. As you all know, virtue is my “thing.” When we look at each one of the Beatitudes, we see that they are actually God’s gift of grace. That is because, to master the Beatitudes, we must embrace virtue. To embrace virtue, we need God’s grace.

The Beatitudes – Jesus’ Way!

  • To be poor in spirit, one must embrace and exemplify humility
  • If you are one who mourns, you are compassionate
  • Meekness is obvious. Yet to Continue reading

Christ’s Humility: A Teaching Moment, Then and Now

Christ's HumilityJesus didn’t enter Jerusalem on a beautiful stallion, or better yet in a covered canapé. No, He entered Jerusalem on the back of an ass; one of the simplest and hardest working creatures known to man. In Christ’s simplicity, we see Christ’s humility.

Throughout Christ’s entire Passion and death, He consistently placed the wellbeing of each one of us ahead of Himself. He thought more about us than He thought of Himself.  For example, He took the verbal abuse of His accusers in silence, not wanting to draw attention to His followers. When tensions escalated, He took the physical Continue reading

Place Your Confidence in Christ

Confidence in Christ In what do you place your confidence? Might it be your own knowledge? Your abilities to conquer any situation? Where does Christ fit into the equation? Do you face this world on your own, or do you place your confidence in Christ?

When we place our confidence in Christ, we are in essence doing the following:

  1. Acknowledging Christ’s omnipotence (all-powerful Being), His omniscience (all-knowing), and His omnipresence (ability to be present everywhere). This requires some humility, acknowledging our own limitations.
  2. Trusting in His promise to always be by our sides, guiding us (Matt 28:20). This requires some faith, Continue reading

Pride Will Infiltrate Your Soul; Chiseling Required

pride We conclude with the seventh installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Pride: the root of all evil!

Pride will infiltrate your soul, leaving no room for anything else. It will drive your thoughts and actions, if you let it. You don’t even know what is happening to you at the time. Unbeknownst to me, that is exactly what happened to me! Only upon reflection, and with a true dose of honesty, can one start the process of moving from prideful to humble. Here is my story:

When I was a child, I 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

I See Christ in You

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I wrote this poem for a loved one. I tried to express my compassion and understanding for the difficult time and circumstances he experienced. Yet, when all was said and done, it was his demeanor and Christ-like behavior that buoyed my spirits and truly helped me to see Christ in him; to fully understand the hope found in the Beatitudes.

This poem was first published at Catholicmom.com on March 4, 2016.

 

 

 

I See Christ in You

 

When others demand that you act a certain way,

And do certain things the way they Continue reading

Humbling Yourself for the Glory of God

Mother Teresa

Humbling yourself for the glory of God is the goal. Yet how does a person get to that point with regularity? Once again, I draw on Fr. Jonathan Morris, from www.christophers.org to shed some light on the subject:

Fr. Morris says the first thing to do is to ask God for the virtue of Humility, and then to prepare ourselves for receipt of the grace by centering our minds, hearts and actions on others rather than on ourselves; to think less often about ourselves and more often about what we can do for others. I think this is great advice Continue reading