Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Maintaining Patience, in a Time of Crisis

Maintaining PatienceSo, how is your patience level these days? Feeling a little stressed? Maybe you’re snapping at your spouse, and wondering why? If you answer yes to these questions, then join my club! Yes, my patience level needs some work. Impatience, in a time of crisis, is normal, especially when dealing with the unknown increases your stress. Yet, maintaining patience, in a time of crisis, can serve you well.

Maintaining Patience

The first thing that you need to do is to determine what increases your stress level, thus, decreasing your patience. Lately, for me, my stress level increases every time I hear Donald Trump’s lies and/or misinformation coming out of his mouth. This makes me lose my patience, and I take Continue reading

Find Virtue in a Time of Crisis

Find VirtueWith all the illness and death, due to the coronavirus, possibly affecting our relatives and friends, we may find it difficult to see virtue. Yet, the virtues of caring, kindness, patience, generosity, gentleness, love, compassion, courage and hope abound. Especially in times of crisis, we need to find virtue, or we might just go insane!

Find Virtue

Caring: We don’t need to look far to see caring eyes behind those masks of the nurses and doctors.

Kindness: When we see the 7 p.m. round of applause for all of the hospital workers; that is a pure act of kindness, showing gratitude.

Patience: We show patience while waiting for our turn to get that coveted toilet paper.

Generosity Continue reading

Finding Patience Can Seem Impossible!

Finding PatienceAs the new school year gets underway, this is the time of year when transitions for children can be unsettling. What results? A lack of patience on everyone’s part. Everyone is looking for their new “norm” and it can’t come fast enough. For children, especially, finding patience can seem impossible.

Whether you have moved to a new home, in the same school district, or to a totally new town, change can be difficult for children. Everything they know is in a state of upheaval. Moving to a new town means going to a new school and making new friends.

To help children navigate transition more easily, I wrote a children’s book for ages 6-8, to help them through this process. Continue reading

Waiting with Elmer, by Deanna Klingel – Book Review

Waiting with ElmerWaiting with Elmer, by Deanna Klingel is excellent book for the young adult in your life who needs to learn patience. Learning to wait for God’s timing can be an impossible task for anyone, but especially for a child. Meet Willy Skyes, left at a train station, by his father, to fend for himself. As Willy sits on a bench, waiting for the father who will never return, he meets Elmer, who seems to run the town of Waitnsee. Elmer introduces Willy to all the town’s residents, especially Rake, who runs the Union Street Mission.

Willy and his dad were always running from town to town because of the misdeeds of Willy’s dad. Now Willy was alone, but not Continue reading

Master the Virtue of Patience

Virtue of patienceEver sit at home waiting for the cable guy to appear? Or wait by the phone for medical test results to come in? Waiting is agony! As a very impatient person, I struggle at mastering the virtue of patience. Yet, we all must try practicing patience not only with others, but with ourselves.  In trying to follow my own advice, here are some suggestions for how to master the virtue of patience:

  • Think of how patient God is with you every day. How long has He waited for you to respond to His call?
  • Think about the agony of persecuted Christians willing to die for Christ. Then put your own agony into perspective. Know that God will give you Continue reading

And the Race is On…How Best to Prepare for Christmas

Race is on

The leftover turkey and fixings are still in the fridge. Yet, I have to ask. Have you got your Christmas shopping done yet? You know, you only have 29 days until Christmas! And the race is on…

This year we have the longest possible timeline to prepare for Christmas with Thanksgiving falling on November 22nd. What will we do with all that extra time? Rather than four weekends to shop for presents, we have five weekends this year. Bonus!

Are You a Tortoise or a Hare?

Do you see yourself as the tortoise or the hare in this year’s race to get everything done before Christmas day? If you are the tortoise, you patiently pace yourself, making a Continue reading

Patience: God Will Make a Way for Me

Patience Patience is my most difficult virtue to master. I have difficulty waiting for things and answers to prayers in God’s time. I see the need for urgent response to prayer. Yet, for some reason, the Lord sees things differently. He does not see the urgency I see. That is my first clue, that MY plan may not necessarily be His plan. So what is His plan for me? When He “delays” in revealing His plan for me, I get frustrated. I lose patience. Does this sound familiar to you? Can you relate?

Patience Requires Trust

When I get frustrated, I must acknowledge that the root of my impatience is a lack of trust in God’s Providence. I question God’s logistics, Continue reading

Autumn Winds: Hearts Afire – Is Your Heart Afire for Christ?

autumn-winds I love this time of year, when the leaves turn from green to magnificent hues of gold, orange and red; when the air turns crisp; and the holidays beckon. It’s my favorite time of year! For me, this is the last autumn of my life, as I turn 60 in March, and will enter the winter of my life.

Time is short, and every seasonal change reminds me that my time on earth is limited. As the seasons change, I take stock of what I have accomplished and where I have fallen short; where I have excelled in virtue and where I could have done better.

Autumn Winds; Hearts Afire

As I celebrate this last autumn of my life, my Continue reading