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

New Year Brings Change, Like It or Not

New Year Brings Change, Like It of NotOut with the old, in with the new! As we welcome the promise of the New Year, let us not forget all that God provides. Everything God gives us is a gift, right down to every breath we take.

Many times when we experience struggle and illness, we want to push the pain away as soon as we can, and forget the incident. Out of sight – out of mind! We certainly do not consider struggle and illness as gifts coming from God! However, that is not necessarily true. Even times of difficulty can be a gift from God. It Continue reading

Advent – A Time of Preparation: Repent & Wait with Joy

advent wreath Yesterday, we began the season of Advent, a time of preparation, repentance, waiting and joy. Sunday’s second reading from Romans 13:11-14 tells us to clothe ourselves in virtue:

Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and Continue reading

Fruits of the Spirit: Virtues to Cherish

Fruits of the Spirit

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23)

Do you notice something in common with all of these fruits of the Spirit? Each one of them is also a virtue! As I was studying for my Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology, I came across this passage from Galatians, and it hit me: Virtue must be very important to the Holy Spirit, when six of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, received at Confirmation are virtues, and all nine of the fruits of the Spirit are virtues. Continue reading

Joy to the World! Dance with Joy!

December 23, 2015
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dance with joy Many people equate joy with happiness and use the words interchangeably. However, joy is different from happiness. Where happiness is fleeting, joy is lasting; where joy has no “conditions,” happiness has “conditions.” For example, “I’ll be happy if…” constitutes a condition. And when human beings define what constitutes happiness, we ultimately disappoint ourselves. Many people think that riches and fame will bring happiness; but once received, we would quickly learn that we are more likely to experience anxiety and discontent, rather than happiness. As humans, we search for happiness in vain. Saint Thomas Aquinas believed that we Continue reading

Receiving Christmas Joy

December 24, 2014
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Receive Joy

As a Christmas present from me to you, I offer you a homily about receiving Christmas Joy, written by a very good friend of mine, Father Paul Buchanan, who gave the following homily on Christmas day last year to parishioners at my church. At the time, Father Paul was a Transitional Deacon. He has since been ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 2014, and now serves at Saint Matthew Church, in Charlotte, NC.

Receiving Christmas Joy

Joy to the world! The Lord is come. We all know the line from the carol. But why do we rejoice on Continue reading

Choose Joy and Be Happy

December 22, 2014
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Choose JoyChoose joy! It is really not that difficult, because attitude is everything! If you are the type of person who counts your blessings, rather than focus on what’s wrong with life, then you are more inclined to experience Christ’s joy within you. This is the time of year when we usually take the time to reflect on the past twelve months and count our blessings. Let me share with you, the ones I find most important, that I think we can all be grateful for:

  1. You are wanted by God; loved unconditionally by Him. How awesome is that?
  2. You are Continue reading

Joy Defined – Joy Awaits You

December 17, 2014
Joy

Joyous Scrooge

Joy is both a virtue and a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It provides an experience of happiness parallel to nothing else; a sense of deep contentment and satisfaction.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI shared his thoughts on this virtue in his 2012 address at World Youth day, where he stated, “Joy is an important witness to the beauty and reliability of the Christian faith… God wants us to share in his own divine and eternal joy, and he helps us to see that the deepest meaning and value of our lives lie in being accepted, welcomed and loved by Continue reading