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

No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded!

March 4, 2015

Corporal Works

No good deed goes unrewarded! I know, I know – the real and often quoted phrase is “no good deed goes unpunished!” How cynical is that? I’m glad God doesn’t think like that. Rather, He rewards us for good and merciful deeds. We may not see the rewards instantaneously in this life, but the rewards for our good and merciful deeds will be received, if not on earth, then in Heaven.  It is in the performance of good deeds, especially via the extension of mercy that we get where we need to be: virtuous and holy in God’s eyes! Continue reading

Why be Merciful? What’s in it for me?

March 2, 2015

Unmerciful Servant 2

Why should I be merciful?

Isn’t it enough that I forgive, I now need extend mercy to others? Hmm…how many times have you secretly had these thoughts? If you are like me, you engaged in this line of thinking more often than you want to admit. Mercy is a tough virtue to “want” to grasp, especially from a “giving mercy” perspective. We naturally think it’s a one way proposition; the other guy gets all the mercy.

“What’s in it for me?”

As human beings, we always want a quid-pro-quo (I do something for you, you do something for me). However, Continue reading

Mercy – Is it Only for Christ to Give?

February 25, 2015

divine mercy 3Mercy – How elusive is this virtue from one’s grasp? Is it something only Christ can give, or can we give mercy to others? Are we expected to give mercy?

Mercy is as elusive as you want it to be – it’s that simple! Christ is at the ready, waiting to bestow His Mercy upon you. All you need to do is acknowledge that you need His Mercy, and that means acknowledging your sinfulness. For some, that is difficult to do; for others it is easy. Therein lays the answer to the elusiveness of Christ’s Mercy. The choice is yours. Continue reading