Daily call to holiness {giveaway}

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Holiness isn’t only for the chosen few.  Prayer isn’t only for Mass.  Religion isn’t only for church.

When we strive to live out our faith, we’re doing more than being part of a club.  It’s about more than rules and rituals and a weekly meeting.

It’s about relationship.

Primarily, our relationship with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  And our relationship with the other members in the Mystical Body of Christ. Continue reading “Daily call to holiness {giveaway}”

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…”

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”

6 Ways to Pray Like a Kid on an Escalator

If you know prayers, but have a hard time praying, try stepping out on one of these prayer escalators and letting God lift you up!

At just under three feet tall, that ever-ascending mountain of an escalator in front of him was a daunting task.  He took wobbly toddler steps, closer and closer, but stopped in his tracks where the floor started moving in front of him.

He put one tentative foot on the ribbed step, but when it started to pull away from him, he took a frightened jump back.  He tried again.  And again.  But he couldn’t make that first step stick. Continue reading “6 Ways to Pray Like a Kid on an Escalator”

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}”

The 5-Minute Sacrifice for Lent

A personal devotion that has helped me have fail-free Lents and grow in relationship with Jesus.

What to sacrifice for Lent?  I’ve tried giving up all the standard things.  Chocolate, caffeine, Facebook…

But I always worry my sacrifices aren’t good enough. So, as Lent approaches, I choose harder and harder sacrifices until suddenly, I’ve picked an acceptably impossible penance.

Because there’s nothing quite like “failing Lent,” right?  Needless to say, I’ve never cold-turkeyed something for Lent and stuck with it the whole 40 days. Continue reading “The 5-Minute Sacrifice for Lent”