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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

New School Year, New Beginnings; Filled with Hope

New School Year Do you remember, as a child, those last lazy days of August, soaking up the last bit of summer before the new school year would start? You made every attempt to get that last bit of fun in before your days filled with school work.

Preparing for the New School Year

Over Labor Day weekend you shopped for new clothes and new supplies. I remember taking brown grocery bags and cutting them up to make book covers for my books. That was back in the day when, as children, we had actual hardcover text books, that our parents paid for and we could keep! (I went to Catholic grade school).

Palpable hope exuded in the atmosphere that the new Continue reading

Bravery and Courage: A Veteran Remembered

Dad and Mom 1942

My parents: Ed and Virginia Duffy. This picture was taken in 1942, during a leave, when my dad was courting my mom. Just look at how he looked at her – with so much love!

Bravery is an attribute that best describes my dad, Ed Duffy; a World War II veteran awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery while serving in Germany. He was a radio operator. As the story goes (from his transcript for why he was awarded the medal), he crawled out into the line of fire to quickly repair a wire connection so that his radio would work. If anyone were to ask him about that day and to elaborate on the story, you would get a quick Continue reading

Five Steps to Conquering Fear

conquering fearFear has no place in the heart, because it doesn’t come from God. Fear is used by the devil to keep us from doing God’s will. The devil will attempt to make us doubt our abilities, especially the ability to be courageous. How do we effectively shut the devil out and listen only to God? How do we become courageous?

We start with these five steps:

Pray

Ask the Lord to make His presence known to you in your heart; so that you know He is always with you, and will never leave you. “Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my Continue reading

Could it be Courage? by Jeannie Ewing

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Could it be Courage? – Guest Post by Jeannie Ewing

“I’ve always admired how you just dive in and face whatever challenge is ahead of you,” my mother remarked with admiration to me one evening.  Much to her surprise, I was taken aback.  I’d never given much thought to my approach at handling difficulties, so her comment threw me off guard.

“Well, thank you,” I stammered, desperately attempting to come up with a more eloquent response.  I had nothing.  But her comment did get me thinking: Why do I respond the way I do when uncertainty and hardship emerge in my life? 

The truth is I have battled fears on a daily basis due to Continue reading

Find Courage! Be Not Afraid!

Have Courage

Running a little low on courage? Finding courage is not so easy, you say? I know; you are thinking, “Why should I be the one who acts courageous? Look around! You don’t see anyone else stepping up to the plate!”

Hmm…need I say more? If no one acted courageously, and set the example for others to follow, we would all be swallowed up in fear – and fear comes from the devil. When you lack courage and you are aware of what makes you afraid, it is incumbent upon you to face those fears.

For me, I have been historically afraid to take risks for fear of failure. If I think I am going to fail, then fail I will. Continue reading

Courage Cannot Be Denied!

Sts Peter and Paul

Courage cannot be denied! Think about that for a moment. Other people can deny you love, joy and peace, but no one can take courage away from you. That is because courage is found only from within. Solely by the grace of God, you have courage when you need it.

Courage of Martyrs/Persecuted Christians

When I think of courageous people, I first think of martyrs; from the earliest Christians, like the Apostles, to the persecuted Christians of today. They all have one thing in common, the persecutors robbed them of their physical freedom and took their lives because they were believers in Jesus Christ, but the persecutors could not rob them of their courageous love for Jesus Christ.

Courage of Continue reading