Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Place Your Confidence in Christ

Confidence in Christ In what do you place your confidence? Might it be your own knowledge? Your abilities to conquer any situation? Where does Christ fit into the equation? Do you face this world on your own, or do you place your confidence in Christ?

When we place our confidence in Christ, we are in essence doing the following:

  1. Acknowledging Christ’s omnipotence (all-powerful Being), His omniscience (all-knowing), and His omnipresence (ability to be present everywhere). This requires some humility, acknowledging our own limitations.
  2. Trusting in His promise to always be by our sides, guiding us (Matt 28:20). This requires some faith, acknowledging His existence and Presence, as well as God’s desire to be in a relationship with each of us.
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Facing Struggles? You are Never Alone! Who is with You?

Facing Struggles Do you ever get the feeling that when you are facing struggles, you are alone? That no one other than you face such challenges? That everyone else seems to have it so much easier? That is exactly what happened to me recently.

Back in 2008, when the US suffered the financial meltdown, and many people lost their jobs, I was one of the lucky ones who maintained my job. Selfishly, at the time, I didn’t give this national problem much attention, because it didn’t impact me directly. Now eight+ years later, with an unemployment rate lower than 5%, my husband lost his job in August, and at 63 is having difficulty finding a new job. With such a low unemployment Continue reading

Attitude of Gratitude; Time to Give Thanks

Attitude of Gratitude An attitude of gratitude is in order as we approach Thanksgiving. We have come upon that time of year when we take stock of all that God has blessed us with and express our thanks. God’s Divine Providence is truly divine! He always meets our needs.

Whenever I have a bad, stressful day, I stop and take a few minutes to itemize the things for which I am grateful to God for providing for me. Somehow, rattling off this list always changes my mood. I begin to feel uplifted instantly. The chaos in my brain falls into order. The day’s stresses seem to dissipate. That’s because an attitude of gratitude puts things into proper perspective.

My Own Personal Attitude of Continue reading

Envy will Disappoint You – Every Time! Be Content!

envy We continue with the second installment of our seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss envy.

How many times have you wished that you could buy a fancy new car like the neighbors? Or take a vacation to an exotic place like some friend? Or get a big raise, like your older sibling just got? It is not wrong to want these things too. However, when you begin to resent these people for what they have that you do not, then you become envious. When you allow envy to take hold in your heart, you only set yourself up for disappointment and sorrow – every time! Rather than counting one’s blessings, the envious person counts Continue reading

Hello Summer! Embrace the Season with Gratitude

hello summer Today marks the first day of Summer. It’s a time of year when families come together to refresh mind, body and spirit. Perhaps it’s a trip to the mountains, or a week at the beach; whatever your pleasure, I hope that you experience much peace, joy and fond memories this summer.

Summer is a time when we can sit back and take stock of all of our blessings. Perhaps it is a stable job and health insurance. Perhaps it is news of improved health of a loved one. Whatever your blessings, I pray that the Holy Spirit fills you with gratitude.

Summer is a time when the trees are in full bloom; roses abound to paint the landscape. Perhaps it Continue reading

Thanks Be to God and You!

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Thanks is an easy word to say…

… but sometimes it doesn’t get expressed as often as it should. Therefore, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to take this time and space to specifically say thank you:

  • To God, for blessing me with abundant graces. He guides me every day. He loves me unconditionally. He forgives my transgressions and extends mercy on my soul.
  • To my husband, for your never-ending, self-giving love, support and friendship.
  • To my family and friends who share my joys and sorrows. Your love is pure gold to me.
  • To all of my followers: I love interacting with you. I like to hear what’s going on in your life. I appreciate learning Continue reading

Grateful Hearts: Count Your Blessings!

Man holding arms up in praise against golden sunset

Grateful hearts humbly acknowledge that there is a need to be filled, via the talents of others. We consider it a blessing from God when someone steps up to address the need that we couldn’t otherwise fulfill ourselves. We are grateful to God and to our fellow man for rushing to our aid!

What are you grateful for these days? When was the last time you counted your blessings? I can attest from experience that when I count my blessings and express my gratitude to God, my mood improves. I have had many opportunities to do so, while going through the book writing and publishing processes. I experienced times of “blood, sweat and tears.” I thought my book would never Continue reading

Gratitude is Personal and Reverent

gratitude3 Gratitude is personal. Here is an example. If a person takes a taxi to the doctor’s office, he simply does so, and pays the taxi fare. However, if this same person received a ride to the doctor’s office by a neighbor or friend, then we have a different story. This person would most likely feel a sense of gratitude for the time and attention received. He/she would express gratitude by saying thank you for the kindness expressed. Therefore, for gratitude to exist, two human beings must be involved; one that gives, without expecting anything in return, and one that receives. “…gratitude is the expression of a personal encounter in human need.” 1 For the giver, an act Continue reading