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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 […]

News of Hope Regarding Dan Burke’s Health Status!

It is with joy that I share this update from Dan Burke’s wife, Stephanie, which indicates Dan is improving! Keep praying, and remember the power of prayer during this pandemic! Divino Nino, pray for us! From Stephanie: Dear Friends, I have hopeful news today. Dan’s tubes were removed this morning and he has been breathing on his own. His oxygen levels are good and his fever is receding, only coming at night now. The nurse feels that if he continues like this, they will be moving him out of ICU later today or tomorrow. He has a long way to […]

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 […]

Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond

Hey, Everyone! Just a quick shout out and THANK YOU for those of you who were able to join me this morning for my Facebook Live session, “Pursuing Holiness During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond.” (If you are a FB user, you can watch the FB Live video here) We had a great session, but for those who couldn’t join us, wanted to share the highlights with you: First, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is absolutely VITAL that we make a mindset shift. We need to stop focusing upon the negatives–all the don’ts and can’ts and begin […]

Making Lemonade In The Midst Of A Pandemic

Here is some encouragement and inspiration from the latest Say Yes to Holiness podcast in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic… “Making Lemonade in the Midst of a Pandemic” 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.  PS—If you are enjoying these posts, make sure to sign up for my email list here. Or you can listen to the Say Yes to […]

“Using Lent Well On The Path To Holiness”

This week’s podcast goes a little deeper into how living Lent well can increase your growth in grace on the path to holiness. Some of the Food for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet shared in this episode: Discussion of why Lent is such a wondrously grace-filled journey for the entire Body of Christ Conversation about what St Augustine was talking about when he exhorted, “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld” Suggestions for resolutions for how to take what is in this podcast and apply it to your daily life If you are striving to grow in holiness and […]

Fall In Love

As we head into Valentine’s Day “weekend,” a little food for the soul to keep everything in its proper perspective. This is one of my favorite poems that describes the journey to which we are invited in this life—if we but SAY YES. Fall In LoveNothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what […]

It’s Never Too Early To Prepare For A Phenomenal Lenten Journey…

Hard to believe that in the aftermath of Christmas (I still don’t have my Christmas decorations put away!), that the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is only 6 weeks away. However, it’s never too early to prepare to make a phenomenal journey to grow closer to God and become more like Jesus, so wanted go share one of the books that I intend to use in my own Lenten journey. That book is entitled, “Lenten Journey with Mother Mary” by Fr Edward Looney. In short, the book takes you through Lent by having us in the first week, look to […]

Two Opportunities For Spiritual Growth In The Atlanta Area The Weekend of February 8th-9th

Just wanted to pass on two PHENOMENAL opportunities for your consideration in case you live ANYWHERE in/around the Atlanta area. Dr Mike Scherschligt (whose daily rosary meditation podcast I HIGHLY recommend), and Dr Troy Hinkle of the Holy Family School of Faith located in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas are the main speakers for both a women’s retreat day and a men’s morning of recollection. Both opportunities are happening at Holy Trinity Catholic Church the weekend of February 8th and 9th. Saturday, February 8th is a retreat day for women, and there is both an English and Spanish track. […]

The Power and Authority of the Word

This is a wonderful (and super short!) podcast that offers a daily reflection on the Gospel of the day. Enjoy (and thanks for the recommendation Beth!) Also, if you would, please offer prayers for me as I lead a formation day for a local community, particularly that I serve as a good instrument of Holy Spirit so that power and authority of HIS Word may be shared today and much fruit be the result in the lives of all who gather today. Keep doing whatever it takes to grow closer to God and become more like Jesus so you can […]