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

Do You Not See Your Own Sin?

sinHow easy it is to judge others! How much more difficult is it to be honest with ourselves! In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus ask, yet again, another “pointed” question Matt 7:3-4. Jesus quickly points out that we fail to see our own sin.

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye?

We are so quick to point out the faults of others; to Continue reading

My Last Day with My Dad

Dad DuffyToday is a very difficult day for me. It was June 20, 1999, Father’s Day, that I had my last conversation with my dad. In 1999, my husband and I lived in Utah, and my dad lived in New Jersey. On June 11th of that year, he was taken to the hospital; diagnosed with emphysema, pneumonia and congestive heart failure.  Things didn’t look good. So, my husband and I flew home on June 12th.

When we got to the hospital, and walked into the room, my dad was so happy to see me. He kept telling Continue reading

Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint AnthonyToday is the Feast Day of my favorite saint, Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy. Although a Portuguese native, he died in Padua, Italy in 1231. His remains are buried at the Basilica of Saint Anthony, in Padua, Italy, which I had the good fortune to visit back in 2011. He was a Franciscan friar, who dedicated his life to serving the poor. He is one of my favorite saints because he acts as my role model, in giving self-sacrificing love to Jesus, by always being willing to do God’s will and God’s will alone. Oh, if I could be like Continue reading

The Beatitudes: Jesus’ Way Requires Virtue

BeatitudesIn today’s Gospel reading from Matt 5:1-12, we hear Jesus teach about the Beatitudes. I am quite partial to the Beatitudes, as they embody virtue. As you all know, virtue is my “thing.” When we look at each one of the Beatitudes, we see that they are actually God’s gift of grace. That is because, to master the Beatitudes, we must embrace virtue. To embrace virtue, we need God’s grace.

The Beatitudes – Jesus’ Way!

  • To be poor in spirit, one must embrace and exemplify humility
  • If you are one who mourns, you are compassionate
  • Meekness is obvious. Yet to Continue reading

Jesus Asks: Why Do You Call Me Good?

Why do you call me goodIn today’s Gospel, Jesus asks, why do you call me good (Mark 10:18)? In the Gospel reading, we hear the story of the rich young man who seeks information from Jesus about what is required to enter Heaven. The rich young man refers to Jesus as “Good Teacher.” It is an interesting, brief exchange between the rich young man and Jesus. The reference to the goodness of Jesus might easily be overlooked, when reading the passage, simply because Jesus gives a quick retort. “No one is good but God alone” (Mark 10:18). He then moves on to Continue reading

Masticate and Swallow – Book Review

masticate and swallowIn this endearing memoir, Masticate and Swallow, by Fabio Alberto Hurtado, we learn of a young Cuban boy from the 1970’s, who emigrates to the United States. Hurtado sets the stage with a series of short stories from his childhood in Cuba, highlighting his relationship with family and the state.

Masticate and Swallow – A Heartwarming Story

He speaks of hardships living in a Communist country; yet he does it with humor. One of my favorite stories centers around a family game of Parchesi, where the family has only one die to play the game (The other was lost Continue reading

Jesus Asks: “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?”

faithless generationIn today’s Gospel reading Jesus asks: “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? (Mark 9:19). On face value, it seems like a couple of strange questions, coming from Jesus, given that He has promised to be with us always, even until the end of the age (Matt 28:20). To the average reader, this would seem like a contradiction. So, what exactly is Jesus saying when He asks these questions?

“O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?

Jesus never answers this question. He only poses it, as Continue reading

Are You Ready for the Holy Spirit?

Gifts of the Holy SpiritThis Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of Christ’s Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and confirmed them in the faith. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit graced them with the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Awe. These gifts enabled them to go out and preach the Gospel.

To be effective in fulfilling Christ’s mission, they needed:

  • Wisdom, to know and aspire for the things of eternal life
  • Understanding of the Divine truths
  • Counsel of the Holy Spirit, to know the ways of God, so that we may fulfill God’s plan
  • Fortitude, to bear Continue reading