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My Talk for Modern Saints Conference is Now Live!

Greetings! I am SUPER excited because my talk, entitled, ‘Seven Characteristics All Saints Have (And You Can Too!)’ is now live for you to watch as part of the Modern Saints: Missions from God Online Conference. Please go watch it, and then reach out and tell me what you think either here on my blog, or on the Say Yes to Holiness FB page. And when you go to the link above where my talk is, you can ALSO watch 9 more videos from the conference for free.  In fact, you can watch everything for free when you join the […]

Be a Saint? Who, Me? Yes, You!–Connections Between Faith and Daily Life YouTube series

Here is the latest addition to the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life series on the Say Yes to Holiness YouTube channel. This week, in the YouTube video ‘Be a Saint? Who, Me? Yes, You!’, Christina shares the seven characteristics that all saints hold in common, and how you, too, can cultivate these characteristics in your life and not only be the saint that God created you to be, but to also embrace the life that God desires for you–a life of purpose, peace and abundance. This topic is also something that Christina has shared about as a talk for […]

The Power of Story for Becoming Saints–Connections Between Faith and Life YouTube Series

Here is the latest addition to the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life series on the Say Yes to Holiness YouTube channel. This week, Christina shares about The Power of Story for Becoming Saints. Story serves an extremely important function in our lives, both individually and collectively, as stories serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement in our lives, especially on the journey towards holiness. This topic was also part of discussion held during the recent Discovering Your Life’s Purpose Masterclass, so make sure to check it out if you want to delve a bit deeper. May this video […]

The Clarity and Focus We Need To Experience Peace–Episode 38 of the Say Yes to Holiness Podcast

Here is the latest Say Yes to Holiness podcast—Episode 38–The Clarity and Focus We Need To Experience Peace In this episode, I am sharing Food for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet that helps you have the clarity and focus you need so you can experience peace in your daily life. Know of my prayers for each of you in the midst of these challenging times, and may you always be given the courage and grace you need to SAY YES to striving for holiness. Enjoy listening to Episode 38–The Clarity and Focus We Need To Experience Peace Christina Semmens […]

“Never Give Up On Life!” Say Yes to Holiness Podcast Interview with Brenden Flynn

This last week, I had the pleasure of hosting Brenden Flynn on the Say Yes to Holiness podcast. I connected with Brenden through the SmartCatholics.com platform, and once I learned a little of his story, I invited him on to the podcast because of his inspiring personal life story. Brenden was only 18 years old when he suffered a traumatic brain injury, the doctors wanted to give him up for dead. He proved everyone wrong and now talks about it openly. He uses the knowledge he’s gained about life circumstances to be able to help totally change people’s outlooks. Brenden […]

The Challenges and Joys of Discipleship, Mission and Sharing the Good News

This last week, I was part of the radio show, Southern Catholic Living, which is co-hosted by Alex Kubik. Alex is the Director of the Office of Discipleship and Mission for the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, and in addition to being a good friend, he also was gracious enough to serve as a panelist for the Say Yes to Holiness Tranformation Online Summit held earlier this year. In addition to supporting missionary discipleship at all levels of mission and ministry, his office also provides service for young adults and campus ministry. Alex has over twenty years experience in Catholic […]

How To Transform Your Pain and Suffering According to the Mandalorian (and Jesus!)

Here is the latest addition to the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life series on the Say Yes to Holiness YouTube channel! This week, Christina shares about How To Transform Your Pain and Suffering According to the Mandalorian (and Jesus!) . This is a subject that consistently is being raised in our world, but especially now in the midst of the COVID pandemic. This also shares a little bit of one of my favorite pastimes–to see and hear the “seeds of the Word” (thanks, Bishop Barron for the phrase!) in popular culture, and then to allow those seeds to inspire, […]

What Do I Do If I Disagree With The Church?

Here is the latest addition to the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life series on the Say Yes to Holiness YouTube channel. This week, in What Do I Do If I Disagree With The Church? Christina speaks about what steps you can take if you find yourself in disagreement with the Church–particularly how you can go about forming your conscience. This topic is an outgrowth of the discussion happening right now in the Say Yes to Holiness Today 40 Day Challenge (see flyer below) that is occuring now until September 8th. You can join the Say Yes to Holiness Today […]

Are You Putting Things Off “Until Tomorrow”?

I have noticed a disturbing trend that has been emerging in the last few weeks, and that’s the trend of putting things off. I am hearing. A lot of statements that begin with “Once I get this done” or “After I…” or “When I do this, then…” That sound familiar to you, too? It is captured brilliantly in a poem entitled “The Procrastinator” that is a bit further below in this post (thanks, Matthew Warner for drawing it to my attention!), but it is disturbing because it is a sign that despite COVID, people are going back to living and […]

4 Ways to Get Better at Forgiving Others

Here is the latest addition to the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life series on the Say Yes to Holiness YouTube channel. This week, I speak about 4 ways that we can get better at forgiving others. This topic came as a result of discussion happening during the Say Yes to Holiness Today 40 Day Challenge (see flyer below) that is occuring now until September 8th. You can still join the Say Yes to Holiness Today 40 Day Challenge by simply joining the Say Yes to Holiness Today private FB group, or by texting SAYYESTOHOLINESS to 66866 in order to […]