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4 Easy Steps for Climbing God’s Holy Mountain During Advent

Bishop Robert Barron posted a video for the first week of Advent that beautifully describes what we should be about in the spiritual life, particularly as we begin a new liturgical year in Advent. First Things First What struck me most though is that when Bishop Barron asks us to consider, “What is the highest mountain in your life?” his question is similar to the one I ask of myself, and others, which is “Are you truly putting first things first in your life?” I have written several articles about this concept of “first things first”, but simply, the idea […]

Tough Love the Sparta Way

I was reading a recent blog post by the guys at Built to Lead recently, and the last paragraph really struck me: “Today, study some history; namely your own. Root out your cowardice, your avarice, and take a stand. Stop excusing yourself. Stop blaming the culture. Stop wondering if you’ll stand alone. Stop hoping somebody else will do it. Become one of the few who stand.” Are we ready to take our stand, especially for Christ? How well have we rooted out cowardice? Do we hesitate to share our thoughts or beliefs because we are concerned with might “offend” someone? […]

Here is Episode 5 of the Say Yes to Holiness Podcast!

Hard to believe I have been doing a podcast for longer than a month already, but here is Episode 5–“God’s Will vs Our Will.” Hope you find the podcast to be a helpful tool and resource for you on the journey, and please reach out if there is a particular question or topic you would like me to address in future podcasts!

What’s The the Best Way to Celebrate All Saints Day? Say Yes to Becoming A Saint Yourself

Happy Feast of All Saints! I so enjoy this time of the Church’s Liturgical year when our focus is upon the why we strive to live lives like Jesus. Lives full of truth, goodness and beauty. And what’s that “why”? That everything we do in this life–all our thoughts, words and actions–are to be focused upon seeking to become holier. Seeking to be more like Christ with each passing day so that we will be prepared to spend eternity with Him when our time on this earth passes. Yet the journey towards holiness is challenging. We have to strive for […]

The Say Yes to Holiness Podcast has begun!

Hey, Everyone! I am SO excited to announce that the Say Yes to Holiness podcast has launched! With all of the new integrative apps out there, doing things like podcasts is even easier for non-tech folks like myself, so no more excuses! Check out the result and would love to know what you think! https://anchor.fm/sayyestoholiness/episodes/Say-Yes-to-Holiness-Inaugural-Podcast-e7mfa6

Saint Francis of Assisi and Our Lady of America

October 4th marks the Memorial of St Francis of Assisi in the liturgical year of the Roman Catholic Church. On that day, we remember St Francis’ example of holiness as he struggled to become a sign and witness of Christ’s love and mercy in the world. When most people think about St Francis, they usually will consider his poverty of life, or his love and appreciation for the grandeur and beauty of creation. Or perhaps they know of Francis’ efforts to bring attention to Christ’s humility in the Incarnation which resulted in the now familiar Nativity scene, or in his […]

Called From Our Comfort Zones Into The Heart Of Jesus

One of the most difficult challenges in the spiritual life is to continuously press ahead on the journey. To have an attitude similar to that expressed by Admiral David Farragut when he ordered, “Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead!” in the face of apparent disaster. Because making progress in the spiritual life is warfare. And the consequences of this war in which we are engaged has the highest of stakes–eternal life or death. However, there are two BIG challenges to forging ahead: 1)our human tendency to seek situations where we feel “comfortable,” and 2) to fail to use the weapons […]