Oreos and Netflix and Facebook, oh my…

I didn’t want to write this challenge.  Because Oreos.  And Netflix.  And Facebook infinite scroll.

I didn’t want to write it.  But I needed to.  Over-indulgence is so. hard. to. resist.

My mouth waters when I pass by the grid of fast food restaurants in the middle of town.  My tablet glows late into the night when I can’t stop swiping.  And my ears perk up when I hear someone say, “Do you know what she said to me last week?”

Oh, temperance, you’re so elusive.  I need you bad but I don’t really want you. Continue reading “Oreos and Netflix and Facebook, oh my…”

5 ways to see Christ in a stranger

Jesus said, “What good is it to love your friend?  Even gangs members do that.”  Okay, He really said tax collectors… but I figured gang members would be a modern day equivalent of the cliché bad guy.

Jesus routinely calls us to do more than love our friends.  In Matthew 25 He tells us, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me.”  We have to go beyond our comfort zone.  We have to have charity that’s wider than our social circles.  It doesn’t do us any good to only love the people we know.

We also have to love the stranger. Continue reading “5 ways to see Christ in a stranger”

Joy: the hidden gift I found in depression

I’m not a doctor or a therapist.  I can’t diagnose or treat depression.  I can only offer you encouragement and thoughts from my own personal experiences.   If you’re suffering from depression, please seek professional help (I highly recommend Pastoral Solutions Institute tele-counseling services).  If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 immediately.

 

It was hard for me to explain all the feelings I felt.

I tried to tell my husband I wasn’t unhappy.  But the tears and shouting that streamed from me every day said otherwise.  I was unhappy.  But I knew I shouldn’t be. Continue reading “Joy: the hidden gift I found in depression”

Beginner’s Guide to Powerful Meditations {Printable}

Six steps outlining St. Francis deSales’ method of meditation – good for beginners and for experienced pray-ers.

“I like reading meditations, but I don’t know how to do one myself….” Does that sound familiar?

Honestly, I used to feel that way.

Then I found that St. Francis deSales, in Introduction to the Devout Life, lays out a wonderful outline that taught me how to spend an entire hour in Eucharistic adoration (nearly) distraction free!

Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Powerful Meditations {Printable}”

Real Modesty is for Everyone: 4 Things You Need to Know

Modesty is so much more than a dress code.  Explore Fr. Hardon’s four aspects of modesty: humility, studiousness, modest dress, and modest behavior.

The internet is raging with modesty debates: whether or not leggings are pants, whether or not women should wear tank tops, how many inches are allowed here or there before the fabric kicks in.

When we think of modesty, we often think only of determining the guidelines of appropriate dress for women. While this is vitally important, modesty is so much more than just a dress code, and modesty is not just a virtue for women.

Today let’s explore what modesty means for all faithful Christians (men and women alike).

Continue reading “Real Modesty is for Everyone: 4 Things You Need to Know”