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The Leap of Faith!

Virginia Lieto 2645 RT“The Leap of Faith” is my faith journey, documented as a guest blog post on one of my favorite “blogs I like” called Joy Alive in our Hearts, hosted by Nancy H.C. Ward. Nancy invited me to blog on her website. You can read the full article by clicking on the following link:

http://bit.ly/1Lhk4EJ

I hope you like the article. For those who do not know me that well, this article will help fill in some of the gaps. For those who know me very well, I hope that you enjoy reliving a few moments from our past!

My thanks to Nancy for giving me an opportunity to share my story with you and her followers.

Peace my friends!

Virginia

 

Meet Faith, Hope and Charity!

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Book Update on Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience

Progress on my first children’s book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience, is coming along nicely. The text of the book has been edited by Lisa J. Michaels, an award winning illustrator and book editor. You can learn more about Lisa and her work by visiting http://ljmichaels.weebly.com. Many thanks go to Lisa for a job well done!

The illustrator, Carole Hahn Panzner has begun the final illustrations. Above is the illustration for page 1. Meet the three main characters, Faith, age 8, Hope, age 5 and Charity, age 3. Charity is a feisty, red-headed, fun-loving, spunky little tomboy. Her big sister, Continue reading

Why is embracing diligence so important?

Diligence

How can we win the good race without embracing diligence? Diligence is the driver for succeeding in acquiring all other virtues through practice, so that the desired virtues in question can become habits. Through the perseverance of faith Saint Paul tells us: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearance” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Saint Paul, by embracing diligence, kept the end goal always in mind – that being entry into Heaven. His words are guiding us Continue reading

Diligence Has Its Merits, If You Apply It

Diligence Quote Diligence requires us to apply perseverance and organization to see a task through to the end. Ever try to do too much, and as a result, get nothing done well, because you spread yourself too thin? If you’re like me, the answer is yes! Well, Saint Francis de Sales gives us some great guidance in this matter:

Try to meet the occupations which come upon you quietly, and perform them with regularity, one after the other; for if you endeavor to do all at once, or in confusion, your spirit will be so overcharged and depressed that it will probably sink under the burden without accomplishing anything.1

We need to be patient with ourselves as well. Continue reading

Embracing Understanding of God

Faiith and Reason

Why should you embrace an understanding of God? Gaining an understanding of God’s ways is a good place to start in building a relationship with Him. Yet developing an understanding of God requires some effort. Understanding is a gift from the Holy Spirit. We are each gifted with the capability to understand God and His ways, through a natural, cognitive approach to take knowledge and apply reason to arrive at understanding.

Understanding is also a virtue that falls under the umbrella of  the theological virtue of Faith. What we believe and how we go about acting on our beliefs derives from knowledge that we have acquired over time. Believing in something because someone else told you to Continue reading

Summing Up the Theological and Cardinal Virtues

Seven Virtues

For the past 21 weeks we have taken an in-depth look at the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, as well as an in-depth look at the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice. In looking at each virtue individually we have learned what the virtue is, why we should embrace each one of them, and how we might practice them to live happier lives. We now have the basic understanding for living a virtuous life, with one more very important aspect left to discuss.

It is one thing to look at each of these seven virtues by themselves. Now it’s time to put the pieces of the puzzle together and see these virtues in a different light. Continue reading

Implications of Faith – Trusting God

Trusting God Faith is a wondrous gift from God, as well as our assent to believe and trust in Him. Yet, trusting God does not always come so easily for any of us. However, if we are willing to place all of our trust and faith in God, we can expect the following:

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Just think about the intricacies of how the human body works; all of its parts interacting with each other; the ability to procreate. Think about the different seasons and resulting regeneration of plant life that gives us air to breathe and food to eat. Then, think of the universe and its size; all of the stars and planets revolving around the sun. Continue reading

Persevere in Faith; Running the Race

Persevere in FaithTo persevere in faith, we must nourish our faith – we must exercise the spiritual muscle of faith, so-to-speak, or it will die within us; just like our physical muscles would atrophy if we remain sedentary. As with physical exercise, we all vary with our spiritual exercise. This is because everyone is at a different point on their faith journey. As a society, we run the gamut from atheistic to saintly. Yet, most of us fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of faith.

So where does that leave those of us who want to grow in faith? We can nourish our faith through the reading of Scripture. We can ponder God’s plan for each of us, along Continue reading