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The Beatitudes Serve Us Well

Beatitudes serve us wellWhere the Ten Commandments tell us, for the most part, what not to do, the Beatitudes tell us how to live in a Christ-like manner. They highlight all the good virtues that we should possess. The Beatitudes serve us well.

Virtues Associated with the Beatitudes

Humility: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3).

Caring/Compassion: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matt 5:4).

Meekness: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land” (Matt 5:5).

Justice: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6).

Mercy: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” Continue reading

Wishing You and Yours Christmas Blessings

Christmas BlessingsMerry Christmas, one and all! I write to you today, wishing you Christmas blessings, because I intend to take Wednesday off and celebrate the day with my husband. I have much to be thankful for this year, having received many blessings throughout the year. However, I find the Christmas blessings that Christ bestows on us at this time of year to be very special.

Christmas Blessings

Peace – Christ’s peace is ever present, but especially prescient at this time of year. We celebrate the Incarnation of Christ on this day. The revelation of God made man for our sakes, to free us from sin and death, is mind-boggling. Yet, Christ came to bring us Peace.

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Is Life Too Chaotic for You? Seek Peace!

Seek PeaceSummertime is usually the time when we kick back and take a vacation. We use this time to recharge our batteries.  Not so, for me, this year! I’ve been working on the remodeling of our master bathroom, due to a leak in our shower pan, since April! We’re getting there, but we’re not done yet. On top of that, I’m heading to Maine, mid-month, for a faculty meeting. Then at the end of the month, I’m off to Lancaster, PA to speak at a writer’s conference. In between, I’m creating a new seven-week presentation on the Uniqueness of Catholicism. Yes, life is too chaotic for me! It’s time for me to seek Peace.

Seek Peace

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Wishing You Christ’s Peace

Christ's PeaceAs we approach the Christmas season, one of the things that we try to do, every Advent, is to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is when we go to confession and receive absolution for our sins, that we receive the gift of Christ’s peace. You know that feeling. As you walk out of the confessional, you feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. You feel united to Christ. That is the feeling of peace! And that is what I wish for you this holiday season.

Receiving Christ’s Peace

The year is coming to an end, with the promise of new and good things in the new year. There is no better time to shed ourselves of the chains 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 be meek, one requires great strength (fortitude).
  • If you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you embody justice Continue reading

Common Ground Can Lead to Peace

Common Ground Common ground can lead to Peace throughout our country and throughout the world; yet, most importantly through faith. How so? Well, common ground is the starting place for dialogue; for finding that shared perspective upon which good relationships can be built. Here’s some places where we can start:

  1. Abraham is the father of our faiths. Whether one is Christian, Muslim or Jewish, we all share this common ground, as all three religions stem from this one man who placed his faith in God.
  2. The Christian Bible, Islamic Quran and Jewish Torah all contain the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. With that said, this means that members from all three faiths are aware of the Ten Commandments (Ex Continue reading

“Presidential” Virtuous Values – A Celebration of Past Presidents

Virtuous Values Today is Presidents Day in the United States. On this day, we celebrate the contributions of past Presidents. What we remember most about these men stems from their character – their virtuous values.

Cherishing Virtuous Values

For example, we have the adage of George Washington, “I cannot tell a lie,” leading us to see George Washington as a man of truth and honor. We remember Abraham Lincoln for his fight for justice and peace; where “all men are created equal,” including those of color. Franklin D. Roosevelt said that “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself,” making Roosevelt a man of fortitude and courage. These men possessed virtuous values.

When you celebrate a person, Continue reading

New Year Brings Change, Like It or Not

New Year Brings Change, Like It of NotOut with the old, in with the new! As we welcome the promise of the New Year, let us not forget all that God provides. Everything God gives us is a gift, right down to every breath we take.

Many times when we experience struggle and illness, we want to push the pain away as soon as we can, and forget the incident. Out of sight – out of mind! We certainly do not consider struggle and illness as gifts coming from God! However, that is not necessarily true. Even times of difficulty can be a gift from God. It is at these times that He graces us with opportunity to grow closer to Him. No – He does not Continue reading