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

Joy and Suffering – Living with ALS

SJC-SealHere’s another excellent blog post from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine’s Theology Blog.

by Saint Joseph’s College Online Theology FacultyGrattan Brown

In January 2011, I was giving a presentation on bioethics at my parish, and just after the presentation started a man hobbled in on a cane. A few months later I was giving another presentation on the same topic, and a man entered the room in a motorized wheelchair. I puzzled for a few moments because it looked like the same man. As I continued with the presentation, I realized that it was indeed the same man. Continue reading

Need Your Input – Please Respond


Hello Everyone:

On Monday, I sent out a quick 10 question survey that takes 2 minutes to complete. Thanks to those who have already responded! If you haven’t yet responded, then please do so. Your input is extremely valuable to me! I want to make my website a place that you seek out frequently for inspiration. This is your chance to voice your opinions. Below is a link to that will anonymously record your opinions.

Peace, Virginia





How is doing?


Now that we have concluded discussion on the theological and cardinal virtues, and before we get too far into discussion on the acquired virtues, I wanted to get some feedback from you about the look and feel of the website, on the quality of content of the blog posts, and your impressions on the FREE Virtues Guide.

Below is a link to that will take you to 10 quick questions. It will take no more than TWO MINUTES of your time, but your responses will be of great value to me. Your feedback will let me know where I Continue reading

New Priests!

New Priests

June is that time of year when seminarians, who have completed their studies, are ordained to the priesthood, via the sacrament of Holy Orders, within the Catholic faith. Yesterday, I was fortunate to witness the ordination of three good men: Father Noah Carter, Father Paul Buchanan and Father Paul McNulty (from left to right in photo with Bishop Peter Jugis) for the Diocese of Charlotte, NC.  I have personally known Father Paul Buchanan since he was 16. Father Paul McNulty was once a parishioner of my parish along with his family until a few years ago, and Father Noah Continue reading

Now on Pinterest too!


I just wanted to let everyone know that I have opened an account on Pinterest under

Easiest way to access my boards on Pinterest:

I will be exporting “excerpts” of my thrice weekly posts to Pinterest. I created boards for the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity and Prudence to date. As we cover additional virtues, I will create more boards.

I also have  a board called “Inspiration” which provides uplifting quotes related to the virtues. You won’t find these quotes on the website or on Facebook for the most part because they are designed for pinning to Continue reading