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

Saint Paul: From Sinner to Saint

January 25, 2016

St Paul

From Saul to Saint Paul

Saint Paul, whose Feast Day is celebrated today, serves as the perfect example of a person who turned away from sin and turned toward God. Before his astounding conversion, Saint Paul was known as Saul. As Saul, he participated in the stoning (and killing) of Saint Stephen, our first Martyr of the Christian faith. Saint Paul is well known as originally starting out as a persecutor of the early Christians, as he was a zealot for the Jewish faith.

In his efforts to remain true to the Jewish faith, Saul departed Jerusalem for Damascus, in Continue reading

If You Lived in Afghanistan…

November 30, 2015

Sarah Abraham lived in a small village outside Kabul, Afghanistan with her two young boys, Jeremiah and Amos. She had lost her husband in a gunfire attack two months ago. Now, she was alone, and five months pregnant with a third son. However, the stress of living as a Christian in war-torn Afghanistan weighed heavy on her mind. As a result, while walking to the marketplace one sunny morning, she felt sharp pains and became weak.

Sarah lost her child that day due to a miscarriage. The ensuing grief would be nothing compared to the persecution that she would receive, Continue reading

Sharing Your Faith Story DVD Review

Ward DVD CoverFaith: a very personal word stemming from a very personal relationship with God, resulting in an inability to clearly articulate just what it means to you. Sound familiar? Are you like so many people who steer clear from talking about religion, let alone your own personal faith, for fear of rejection, confrontation, or appearing ignorant? Fear no longer! Your faith sharing story is your story. No one else can write it and no one else can articulate it better than you. Easier said than done? I understand. That’s why I am excited to share with you a new DVD by Continue reading

The Leap of Faith!

February 19, 2015

Virginia Lieto 2645 RT“The Leap of Faith” is my faith journey, documented as a guest blog post on one of my favorite “blogs I like” called Joy Alive in our Hearts, hosted by Nancy H.C. Ward. Nancy invited me to blog on her website. You can read the full article by clicking on the following link:

http://bit.ly/1Lhk4EJ

I hope you like the article. For those who do not know me that well, this article will help fill in some of the gaps. For those who know me very well, I hope that you enjoy reliving a few moments from our past!

My Continue reading

Meet Faith, Hope and Charity!

FHCFP pg 1

Book Update on Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience

Progress on my first children’s book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience, is coming along nicely. The text of the book has been edited by Lisa J. Michaels, an award winning illustrator and book editor. You can learn more about Lisa and her work by visiting http://ljmichaels.weebly.com. Many thanks go to Lisa for a job well done!

The illustrator, Carole Hahn Panzner has begun the final illustrations. Above is the illustration for page 1. Meet the three main characters, Faith, age Continue reading

Why is embracing diligence so important?

October 8, 2014

Diligence

How can we win the good race without embracing diligence? Diligence is the driver for succeeding in acquiring all other virtues through practice, so that the desired virtues in question can become habits. Through the perseverance of faith Saint Paul tells us: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearance” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Saint Paul, by Continue reading

Diligence Has Its Merits, If You Apply It

Diligence Quote Diligence requires us to apply perseverance and organization to see a task through to the end. Ever try to do too much, and as a result, get nothing done well, because you spread yourself too thin? If you’re like me, the answer is yes! Well, Saint Francis de Sales gives us some great guidance in this matter:

Try to meet the occupations which come upon you quietly, and perform them with regularity, one after the other; for if you endeavor to do all at once, or in confusion, your spirit will be so overcharged and depressed that it Continue reading

Embracing Understanding of God

Faiith and Reason

Why should you embrace an understanding of God? Gaining an understanding of God’s ways is a good place to start in building a relationship with Him. Yet developing an understanding of God requires some effort. Understanding is a gift from the Holy Spirit. We are each gifted with the capability to understand God and His ways, through a natural, cognitive approach to take knowledge and apply reason to arrive at understanding.

Understanding is also a virtue that falls under the umbrella of  the theological virtue of Faith. What we believe and how we go about acting on Continue reading