Inspirational Author: Embracing the virtues to live a happier life!

“Living a Virtuous Life” Day Retreat

Living a Virtuous Life RetreatThis past weekend, I was honored to present my “Living a Virtuous Life” day retreat to my home parish. I have to admit, that I was nervous at first. I kept thinking about the biblical passage where Jesus wasn’t accepted within His own home town of Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30). Would my own parish family treat me the same? It wasn’t like I was claiming “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21), but I was proclaiming what we as followers of Christ need to do to become more Christ-like; more virtuous. I kept Continue reading

Fruits of the Spirit: Virtues to Cherish

Fruits of the Spirit

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23)

Do you notice something in common with all of these fruits of the Spirit? Each one of them is also a virtue! As I was studying for my Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology, I came across this passage from Galatians, and it hit me: Virtue must be very important to the Holy Spirit, when six of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, received at Confirmation are virtues, and all nine of the fruits of the Spirit are virtues. Continue reading

Discernment with the Holy Spirit

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Discernment is the use of your intellect to recognize the counsel of the Holy Spirit. It is through faith, much prayer, the application of reason and listening, that we determine the will of the Holy Spirit. How do we know if we hear correctly? When we apply the good counsel of the Holy Spirit to our decision making process we obtain peace with our decision. With the use of the Holy Spirit’s counsel, He gives us His peace. I’ll use my own life as an example.

Back in 2009-2010, I was getting restless in my career as a Technology Audit Continue reading