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

Jesus Asks: Are You a Hypocrite?

Jesus Asks: Are you a hypocrite?Today’s Gospel reading comes from Matt 23:13-22. In this very cryptic passage, Jesus asks a couple of piercing questions:

  • Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? Matt 23:17
  • You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Matt 23:19

Jesus asks these questions because He is not happy with the actions of the Scribes and the Pharisees. He sees them as hypocrites, as they do not “walk the talk.” Their actions differ from their speech. The Scribes and Pharisees speak of the promotion of piety, but do not act pious. They believe their words alone will suffice in garnering the desired prestige of the community. Continue reading

Novena to the Holy Spirit – Seeking Virtue

Novena to the Holy SpiritThe annual Novena to the Holy Spirit begins this coming Friday, May 26th and continues through to the day before Pentecost, June 3rd. In this Novena, we ask the Holy Spirit to grace us with seven gifts. Each one of theses gifts happen to be virtues as well:

  1. Awe (also known as Reverence) – We ask for a sovereign respect for God, as well as a filial submission to the Father.
  2. Piety – We ask for love and respect for those consecrated to God; including priests and religious, the Blessed Mother, the Saints, the Church, our parents, and our country and its rulers.
  3. Fortitude – We ask for the strengthening of our souls against natural fear. Continue reading

Piety Pointers at Your Service!

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Piety Pointers

We could all use some. So here is my little list to share with you. Perhaps you have additional ones to add to this list. If so, please share with the group:

Have reverence for God by worshiping Him

By reverence, I mean to hold God in awe, recognizing His omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (all present) Being. Have respect for God, and all that He is, when worshipping Him. Be on time for church services. Dress modestly in church. Actively participate in church services (be fully present in mind and body). Revere the silence of prayer. Visit the Blessed Sacrament.

Respect your elders, your superiors at work and your country

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What Does Being Pious Do For You?

pious Pious behavior must pertain to somebody else, and not you or me, right? Hmm…No, think again! I’m talking to you and to me. We all have the capability of being pious, because we each were gifted with piety at our Confirmations, when the Holy Spirit descended upon us and bestowed His seven gifts, of which Piety is one of them. You say, “all well and good, but what’s in it for me to be holy, a.k.a. pious? How is being pious any fun?” Let me share with you Pope Francis’ brief catechesis on piety, and I’ll highlight a couple of things on the other side:

Pope Francis Catechesis

What is in it for you to become pious?

Pope Francis tells Continue reading

Real Thing is Irresistible: 3 Day Quote Challenge, Day 3

beacon of lightReal Thing is Irresistible

What’s the real thing you might ask? Well, actually the real thing is holiness, or piety! “Huh,” you say, “who would have thought?” In our Three Day Quote Challenge, of which I was nominated to take by Melanie Jean Juneau of Joy of Nine9, we are on the final day of the challenge. My thanks to Melanie for giving me this challenge.

The rules of this challenge:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Reflection

Choosing the topic of holiness, I provided a quote on day 1 that Continue reading

Do You Want to Go to Heaven?

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Heaven

How often do you think about it? Do you ever wonder what it is going to be like? Mansions in the sky? A feast to top all feasts? Whatever your concept of Heaven might be, there is something that you need to be working on right now if you ever want to see it: developing the virtue of Piety, in the here and now. Piety is both a gift from the Holy Spirit and a virtue. To be pious, or in other words, to possess piety, means that you are holy, or saintly, in your thoughts words and deeds.

Do you think of others’ needs and address them before your own? Do you speak well of others, and of Continue reading

Holiness is Achievable – 3 Day Quote Challenge, Day 2

Holy MomentsHoliness is achievable for you!

Do you believe me, or do you buy into the greatest lie ever told?

Holiness is not possible…is the greatest lie that we tell ourselves.” – Matthew Kelly, renowned Catholic public speaker, Dynamic Catholic

I thought this to be an appropriate quote to share for the second of three days in meeting the Three Day Quote Challenge offered to me by Melanie Jean Juneau of Joy of Nine9. Thanks Melanie for this challenge. I am having a lot of fun with it, addressing the virtue of piety that begins at home (day 1’s post), moves to the workplace (today’s post) and permeates throughout society (tomorrow’s post).

 

The rules of this challenge: Continue reading

Pray for Holiness: 3 Day Quote Challenge, Day 1

AFamilyThatPraysTogetherMelanie Jean Juneau, of Joy of Nine 9, noted for her sense of humor, and motherly skills, has tagged me for the Three Day Quote Challenge. I’m always up for a challenge, so thanks Melanie for the honor of participating in this little endeavor to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The rules of this challenge:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Being one to blog about the virtues, of course, my quotes will center on the virtues that bring us to holiness. There are so many to choose from, Continue reading