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Wondering Why So Few People Truly Believe In The Real Presence?

If, in light of the latest Pew Research Study, you have been wondering why so few Catholics actually believe that the Real Presence of Jesus–His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity–is actually present in the Most Holy Eucharist, then you’ll appreciate this article by Dr Anthony Lilles that was posted on SpiritualDirection.com. Here’s just a short excerpt: “Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of the Risen Lord because teachers, ministers, and public voices have winked at evil and rejected the demands of the Gospel. We wanted the comfortable and the reality of this Presence was inconvenient.” Vivo Christo Rey! […]

Too Busy And Overwhelmed? Want More Out of Life? You NEED To Do This…

I just finished reading a great book by Anthony Moore, a personal growth and self-improvement author on Medium, entitled, What Extraordinary People Know: How to Cut the Busy B.S. and Live Your Kick-Ass Life. I personally think Anthony knocks it out of the park in his straightforward and no-nonsense presentation about what is necessary to live the life you truly desire. He does this by brilliantly breaking down the process of how to discover the life you’ve always imagined into three parts–where you are now, how to break free of your current circumstances, and then concludes with how to continue […]

In The Wake Of Failing Schools, Why Aren’t There More Montessori Schools?

Was reading a really well researched article about Montessori education and it caused me to wonder why, in the wake of our failing education system, are there not more Montessori schools in our communities? Our youngest son was the beneficiary of attending a Montessori school from age 3 through kindergarten, and I would advocate for every parent to at least consider Montessori if it’s an option in your area. Anyway, enjoy the article, and would love to know your thoughts about it! https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2018/06/29/montessori-schools-are-exceptionally-successful-so-why-arent-there-more

Say Yes to Holiness Newsletter #21

For your inspiration and encouragement on the journey towards holiness… Say Yes to Holiness Newsletter #21 Greetings, my Fellow Pilgrims on the Way! Food for the Head “Young people need the light of watchful guides to lead them on the path of salvation.” — St. John Baptist de la Salle How well are you serving as a “watchful guide” leading the young people in your life? Are you actively engaging and conversing with them BY NAME as you accompany them on the path of salvation? Do you know what their current struggles are? Is it with faith, or addiction, or […]

Finding God in All Things

I was reading a beautiful article by Bishop Robert Barron that described one of the key ideas of the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola and it is also an underlying principle and part of the rationale for why I created and made my own First Things First online course (you can check out a description of the course here). In the midst of life, I have found that it is the ability to have “eyes to see and ears to hear” how all the people, events and circumstances in my life are interconnected, in addition to seeing and hearing […]

How we perceive the cross depends on our level of holiness… — Leila Miller

This article from Leilamiller.net (and also shared via SpiritualDirection.com) does a beautiful job describing not only the three stages along the path of holiness, but also provides a great synopsis of how we perceive suffering during each stage. An illuminating read for anyone striving to grow in holiness. Enjoy! Because our culture is all about rejecting the cross, and because the cross is our ladder to Heaven, I want to talk about our perception of it. It’s spiritually helpful to know that our disposition toward the cross (suffering) will depend on where we are in the interior life. Traditional Catholic […]

The Irreplaceable Importance of Fatherhood

As Father’s Day is celebrated this weekend, it caused me to reflect upon fatherhood, and it also brought to mind something that many people might not know—the IRREPLACEABLE importance of fathers regarding the spiritual lives of children, society and the world. This statement is almost revolutionary in our “everyone is equal” world that we are living in. A world that has tried its best to negate the role of men to merely a difference in chromosome. But the facts don’t lie. Fathers DO matter.   But for purposes of this post, let me focus upon what I consider to be the […]

New E-Course That Assists in Developing Holy Social Media Habits

Hello, Friends! In the spirit of helping to develop and grow in virtue each day, I am excited about a new e-course that was launched by CatholicsOnline that addresses one of the most challenging facets of our life–social media. Below is a description of the e-course from one of the course creators, Sara Estabrooks: This e-course is designed to help Catholics live out their faith more fully online, by being aware and intentional about what they post and what they consume, by setting healthy limits, and by looking for opportunities to integrate the faith with their social media use. This […]

Why Game of Thrones Gives Clarity, Inspires Greatness and Makes Us All Braver People

In the series finale of the epic fantasy television series, Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister, a character who throughout the series has been known for his insights and cleverness, argues for why Brandon Stark, who is now also the Three-Eyed Raven, should become the next King of Westeros. In a nutshell, Tyrion goes through all the many things that do NOT bring people together before pointing out the one thing that does–stories. Tyrion goes on to say: “There is nothing more powerful than a good story…nothing can stop it.” And Tyrion argues that this is why Bran should be king, […]

How One RSVP Can Change Your Life Forever

May is in full swing, and with it comes MANY invitations. Invitations to high school and college graduations, weddings, end of school year parties, Alumni or work-related BBQs, Volunteer appreciation dinners, etc. It can be rather overwhelming! But I recently was reading an article that was talking about the different metaphors to use to describe life, and one that was proposed was that life is a meal. See life as a meal. A fantastic, cozy meal. With good friends, family, loved ones – fascinating company. With great, delicious food. –Maartin van Doorn Although van Doorn was discussing a different way […]