Charity: Love. Everybody.

Hello, April!  Time for the Charity Challenge: Love of Neighbor.

Jesus said,

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  [And] you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30-31

Before you can love your neighbor as yourself, you need to make sure you have a healthy love of self.  If you’re struggling with that, make a quick stop at the Humility Challenge, then come back here.

You back?

Okay, here we go.

Love your neighbor. Continue reading “Charity: Love. Everybody.”

A Prayer of Praise to the Holy Trinity

Today, my God, I don’t ask you for anything.  I just want to be with You and adore You in Your majesty.

God, You are beautiful in creation.

Your design is amazing.  From the intricate details of the tiniest bug to the great design of the entire universe, Your plan is incredible.

How did you think of so many beautiful things to fill such a blank canvas?  You are infinitely creative. Continue reading “A Prayer of Praise to the Holy Trinity”

Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength

A modern examination of conscience.  (But not too modern… we’re loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church here!)

This month we round up our focus on the three theological virtues with a challenge in charity.  Jesus shows us the importance of charity when He sums up the ten commandments with only two commandments of love.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  [And] you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30-31

This is the definition and essence of charity Continue reading “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength”

Run so as to Win: A Spiritual Fitness Program

A plan to help you integrate your faith into your daily life.

Run so as to win.  1 Cor 9:24

Pinterest Fails is one of my favorite Google searches.  So. Funny.

We glorify failure all over the internet.

It’s funny to complain about how much you can’t stand your kids.  It’s cool to be a nagging wife.  It’s commonplace to have a thousand items on your to-do list that you can’t get to.

But when failure becomes the standard, we’re in for trouble.

It’s time to stop.  We don’t need to embrace failure.  We don’t need to put it on a pedestal as if it’s a good thing. Continue reading “Run so as to Win: A Spiritual Fitness Program”

Hope: How to Live with Confidence in God

A modern examination of conscience.  (But not too modern… we’re loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church here!)

In God is my salvation and my glory: he is the God of my help, and my hope is in God.  Psalms 61:8

Our hope in God is different from “I hope it snows.”  The theological virtue of hope is not wishful thinking.

When we hope in God, we don’t expect good things to magically happen to us.  Hope means we believe in eternal salvation and we pray and act with confidence to attain it. Continue reading “Hope: How to Live with Confidence in God”

Live a Life of Faith This Year

A modern examination of conscience.  (But not too modern… we’re loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church here!)

If you confess with your mouth… and believe in your heart… you shall be saved. Romans 10:9

As Christians, we know that our salvation in Jesus Christ comes with the responsibility to live a life of faith.  We can’t sit back and relax, expecting Jesus to do all the work.  We can’t be lazy in our spiritual life. Continue reading “Live a Life of Faith This Year”

What to do When Life is Too Busy for New Year’s Resolutions

This year’s resolution: stop cramming more demands into your already busy life.

Quickly jot down all the things you should be doing, but aren’t.

  • Exercise every morning
  • Cook healthy breakfast
  • Declutter your home
  • Morning Meditation
  • Evening Prayer
  • Spiritual Reading
  • Get enough sleep

Just feel your heart pound with every new item you add to the list… When will we do that?  How are we going to fit this into our already crazy lives?  How on earth will we keep up with this for a whole year?! Continue reading “What to do When Life is Too Busy for New Year’s Resolutions”

God Needs Your Help in the Kitchen

Help God answer your prayers: how to work alongside Him in the kitchen just like my kids do for me at home.

God my Father, I love the moments when Your Divine Plan shines through the ordinary.  You were with me today in the midst of my normal family life.

In my kids’ eyes, I can do anything.  And I DO do most things for them.  I cook them dinner, I tie their shoes, I even tidy up their toys after they’re in bed.

And I take joy in being able to meet their needs.  To give to them.  To serve them.

But I’m not really omnipotent like they think I am. Continue reading “God Needs Your Help in the Kitchen”

Kick Down Your Pride with the Humility Virtue Challenge

A modern examination of conscience.  (But not too modern… we’re loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church here!)

Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.  Matthew 19:30

Humility:  First, say to yourself, “I’m such a terrible person.  I can’t do anything right.”  Now pick the most gruesome public mortification you can think of.  Go stand on the street corner and let the world know how awful you are.  Bingo.  Right?

Wrong. Continue reading “Kick Down Your Pride with the Humility Virtue Challenge”