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Embracing Fortitude in the New Year

Embracing FortitudeWhat have you been afraid to tackle in this new year? Is it a tough conversation with a loved one, a conversation you would rather ignore? Or, maybe it’s summoning the courage to get that physical you have been putting off? Perhaps you haven’t been to Confession in a while. As this new year gets underway, now is the time to address those things you conveniently put out of your mind. By embracing Fortitude, you can succeed in addressing those uncomfortable situations.

What Can Embracing Fortitude Do?

Fortitude strengthens our resolve. It will also help us to achieve our New Year’s resolutions. How so? Well, Fortitude gives us the courage and strength to be brave in moments of fear; to Continue reading

Counting My Blessings: Goodbye 2018! Hello 2019!

BlessingsThis has been a year of ups and downs for me, as I’m sure it has been for you, as well. With the passage of time, (a long time I might add), I finally got my new front top teeth this past year (three implants, and a five-tooth bridge) – ka-ching! Then later in the year, two more crowns! My dentist loves me! Yet, with that money going out the door, God has also blessed me with new business (editing manuscripts for Catholic authors). So, all in all, as 2018 comes to an end, I am counting my blessings.

I look forward to new opportunities in 2019, without having a clue what God might have in mind for me. But, Continue reading

Anger Will Destroy You, If You Let It

anger This begins a seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today, in part 1 of 7, we start with Anger.

Do you ever get so angry that your face turns red, your blood pressure rises, and you lose control? When this happens, do you ever stop to think about what really causes you to experience such rage?

Anger arises when an evil persists in the face of our resistance or when a good remains beyond our grasp, despite our efforts. 1

Anger is a natural emotion. Even Jesus lost his temper with the money-changers at the Temple. Yet, Jesus’ anger was righteous; used for the purpose of defending His Father’s house. For most of us though, Continue reading

Summing Up the Theological and Cardinal Virtues

Seven Virtues

For the past 21 weeks we have taken an in-depth look at the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, as well as an in-depth look at the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice. In looking at each virtue individually we have learned what the virtue is, why we should embrace each one of them, and how we might practice them to live happier lives. We now have the basic understanding for living a virtuous life, with one more very important aspect left to discuss.

It is one thing to look at each of these seven virtues by themselves. Now it’s time to put the pieces of the puzzle together and see these virtues in a different light. Continue reading

Final Thoughts on Fortitude

Pope Francis 2

I think the Holy Father, Pope Francis, sums it up best with his catechesis on Fortitude, where it is not only one of the cardinal virtues, but it is also a gift of the Holy Spirit:

With the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fortitude, we can remain faithful. Through counsel and knowledge and understanding, we have the courage to do God’s will even in the face of fear. We are all made to be courageous. Fortitude is there for the asking – just ask for it!

As we close out our discussion on Fortitude, is there anything left unsaid? Enter the conversation in the comments section.

What is justice? We’ll answer that question as we begin to look at the virtue Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude Part III of III

Stop Worrying

Ok, God has graced you with the virtue of fortitude. How do you use it to manage your fears? Worrying about things doesn’t add any value to your life – in fact – it is a waste of your time. Therefore, to practice the virtue of fortitude, stop worrying. Give your worries to God, and let Him take care of them. Stay the course and give the task at hand all that you have to give. Do not give up!

Face your fear and refuse to allow it to conquer you. God is telling you that you are stronger than your fears, especially with Him by your side. Don’t let your fears get in His way of doing wondrous things Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude Part II of III

Waiting

After you have identified the need for increased fortitude and prayed for it, what comes next? We stay the course and do not give up. We practice the virtue of patience, while we wait for God to place all the pieces in order. Take a look at this 24 second video to learn why waiting is worth the wait.

God will grant you fortitude. You may need to wait a period of time though, so that everything is aligned in accordance with His plan. Yet, with the many trials and tribulations of life He knows that we need His grace of fortitude. 

Once God has graced us with the virtue of fortitude, how do we make best use of Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude: Pursuing the Right Path

Life can be really tough at times. When faced with life’s challenges, we need the virtue of Fortitude. For, it is with Fortitude that we may plow ahead, moving from trial to triumph. So, how do we apply this virtue and move from trial to triumph? Through prayer! Ask God for increased Fortitude; with that naturally comes perseverance and courage to help us endure. They are a package! And I have the perfect prayer! Watch this very short video containing a prayer that you can use to ask God for this virtue.

Prayer of Fortitude

Ask God to take away your fear, and replace it with Fortitude to do His will; to live in accordance Continue reading