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And the Race is On…How Best to Prepare for Christmas

Race is on

The leftover turkey and fixings are still in the fridge. Yet, I have to ask. Have you got your Christmas shopping done yet? You know, you only have 29 days until Christmas! And the race is on…

This year we have the longest possible timeline to prepare for Christmas with Thanksgiving falling on November 22nd. What will we do with all that extra time? Rather than four weekends to shop for presents, we have five weekends this year. Bonus!

Are You a Tortoise or a Hare?

Do you see yourself as the tortoise or the hare in this year’s race to get everything done before Christmas day? If you are the tortoise, you patiently pace yourself, making a Continue reading

Patience: God Will Make a Way for Me

Patience Patience is my most difficult virtue to master. I have difficulty waiting for things and answers to prayers in God’s time. I see the need for urgent response to prayer. Yet, for some reason, the Lord sees things differently. He does not see the urgency I see. That is my first clue, that MY plan may not necessarily be His plan. So what is His plan for me? When He “delays” in revealing His plan for me, I get frustrated. I lose patience. Does this sound familiar to you? Can you relate?

Patience Requires Trust

When I get frustrated, I must acknowledge that the root of my impatience is a lack of trust in God’s Providence. I question God’s logistics, Continue reading

Autumn Winds: Hearts Afire – Is Your Heart Afire for Christ?

autumn-winds I love this time of year, when the leaves turn from green to magnificent hues of gold, orange and red; when the air turns crisp; and the holidays beckon. It’s my favorite time of year! For me, this is the last autumn of my life, as I turn 60 in March, and will enter the winter of my life.

Time is short, and every seasonal change reminds me that my time on earth is limited. As the seasons change, I take stock of what I have accomplished and where I have fallen short; where I have excelled in virtue and where I could have done better.

Autumn Winds; Hearts Afire

As I celebrate this last autumn of my life, my Continue reading

Bearing Wrongs Patiently; Spiritual Work of Mercy

bearing wrongs patiently As with every month, during this Year of Mercy, I choose a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dive into the details. This month we discuss the spiritual work of mercy of bearing wrongs patiently.

Have you ever been accused of something for which you were innocent? Perhaps your spouse blamed you for leaving the dirty dishes in the sink. Or perhaps your neighbor accused you of calling the police on them because of their rowdy party this past weekend. Whatever the reason, we all bear wrongs of others. Yet, do we do it patiently?

Do we look at these incidents and become defensive? Do we feel the need to defend our honor and the truth? Or, do Continue reading

Pride Will Infiltrate Your Soul; Chiseling Required

pride We conclude with the seventh installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Pride: the root of all evil!

Pride will infiltrate your soul, leaving no room for anything else. It will drive your thoughts and actions, if you let it. You don’t even know what is happening to you at the time. Unbeknownst to me, that is exactly what happened to me! Only upon reflection, and with a true dose of honesty, can one start the process of moving from prideful to humble. Here is my story:

When I was a child, I wore braces on my feet. I suffered through many surgeries to attempt to correct my clubbed feet. As a result, Continue reading

Laziness Will Hamper You; Doubts, the Seeds of Laziness

laziness We continue with the sixth installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Laziness (also known as sloth).

Everyone has goals in life; things that you want to accomplish. Whether it be obtaining a new house, or new career, spiritual growth or mastering some skill; nothing comes easily without hard work and effort. Laziness will hamper your ability to achieve your goals because it robs you of clear focus and purpose. You begin to doubt that what you want is achievable, so why try? Allowing doubts to take root is the underlying cause for laziness. Doubts come from the devil! He doesn’t want you to think that improving your lot in life is worth the Continue reading

Gluttony Will Harm You Physically, Spiritually

gluttony-2We continue with the fourth installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Gluttony.

Gluttony, the overindulgence of eating/drinking to excess, will physically and spiritually harm you if left unchecked and unaddressed. Overeating/drinking can result in physical illnesses such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and liver disease, just to name a few. Gluttony robs you of the life you were meant to live, because you become the slave to the object of your temporal desire. You become fixated on the food and/or the drink.

Gluttony causes you to use food and/or drink to look for that momentary “respite” from the reality of your life; to eradicate pain that originates from a painful reality; 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