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“I Believe In The Good Things Coming…”

I believe in the good things coming… This week, as I have been trying to simply be present and endure the COVID induced haze of ridiculous tiredness and lack of ability to focus, God brought across my path the music of Nakho and Medicine for the People (thanks, Jenny Blake at Pivot podcast for the interview!), and like so many that apparently have come before me, have latched on to his alternative blend of music, especially, “Black as Night.” Nahko is an Oregon-native born of a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines, and considers himself a citizen […]

Brain Fog or Wisdom for the Journey? My Attempt At The Latter…—Episode 28 of the Say Yes To Holiness Podcast

From the depths of my COVID induced brain fog, I tried to shared some Food for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet to help inspire, encourage and nourish you for the journey. Hope you find the conversation to be of benefit as each of us strives to try and do God’s will each day! Episode 28–Brain Fog or Wisdom for the Journey? My Best Attempt at the Later Christina Semmens is a Roman Catholic author, speaker, and coach and host of the Say Yes to Holiness podcast. She currently lives in Fort Payne, Alabama where she strives to live out […]

What I Can Start Doing To Help Change The World

Greetings! I pray this finds each of you safe and healthy this weekend despite the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in many states across the United States. Here is Episode 27 of the Say Yes to Holiness podcast which is entitled, “What Can I Start Doing Today To Help Change The World?” In this episode, I provide food for the head, heart, hands and feet to nourish, encourage and hopefully, inspire you as to what we can be doing to help change the world. Enjoy the episode, and know of my continued prayers for each of you in our pursuit […]

Fearless Authenticity Is The Path We Must Walk If There Is To Be Lasting Change

In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of police officers on May 25 in Minnesota, there has been outrage, horror, and anger by Americans—and rightly so. Additionally, these feelings have been coupled with an outpouring of solidarity that has taken the form of street protests for more than ten days across the United States in recognition of the need for a change to the horrendous reality that people of color, especially black Americans, must survive each day. This call for stopping, and to change what is unjustly an all too common experience—a person of color being […]

What Is The Path Ahead?

Greetings. I pray that this find each of you safe and healthy in the midst of these extremely challenging times. Here is Episode 26 of the Say Yes to Holiness podcast which is entitled, “What’s the Path Ahead in Our Current World of Turmoil?” In this episode, I provide food for the head, heart, hands and feet as I also touch upon the current circumstances in our nation in response to the death of George Floyd and what any response needs to include in our own lives. Know of my continued prayers for each of you in our pursuit of […]

What To Do For Divine Mercy Sunday?

Below is the text for an article posted by Father Chris Alar, MIC about what to do so you can receive all the graces available to ANYONE (Catholic AND non-Catholic) on Divine Mercy Sunday—THIS Sunday, April 19th. Please make sure to share this message of love and mercy with EVERYONE, especially now in the midst of COVID-19. Here is Fr Chris’ article: What To Do On Divine Mercy Sunday? Are you discouraged that you will not be able to receive the special graces of Divine Mercy Sunday promised directly by our Lord through St. Faustina in the 1930s? Don’t be. […]

Ten Ways To Prepare For Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

Fr. Ed Broom shares 10 great ways that can help you get ready for the biggest week of the year. Enjoy! https://spiritualdirection.com/2020/04/06/ten-ways-to-prepare-for-easter-and-mercy-sunday Christina Semmens is a Roman Catholic author, blogger, speaker and mentor. She currently lives in Fort Payne, Alabama where she strives to live out a life of authentic discipleship in the pursuit of holiness while empowering, teaching and accompanying others in striving to do the same.  If you want to learn more about how to embrace the life God created you for, then plan to join me during the week of April 20th for the SAY YES TO […]

Who Do You Want To Be During Holy Week?

I saw this graphic posted on social media this morning, and it prompted a parallel thought—who do I want to be during Holy Week? Do I want to live this most blessed and grace-filled weeks of the year from a place of fear? Or from a place of learning? Or from a place of growth? You see, the decision as to how we desire to live out this Holy Week is key to whether this most intense week of the Christian liturgical year will actually bring about our eventual transformation in, through and with Christ. So what will you decide? […]

Reality Check—This IS The New Normal

I read a really well done, informative and insightful article this morning from The Atlantic Monthly that walks through the various timelines in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is hard to read, not because it is written in a technical language, but because it spells out the reality that most people don’t want to hear right now. What the article points out is the fact that what most of us are currently experiencing IS the new “normal.” I was a guest on the Belle Curve podcast yesterday, and the discussion revolved around how can people deal with what is […]

Tips for Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond

Just posted my latest podcast, “Tips for Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond.” In this podcast episode, I share good for the head, heart, hands and feet to inspire and encourage you, as well as practical tips of what and how to continue to pursue holiness during this challenging and difficult time. Blessed Chiara Portillo, when asked how she handled life’s challenges as she struggled with cancer, shared, “We live in the moment or we’d go crazy.” I think her advice is spot on for all of us, so as part of my effort to accompany you and […]