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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 […]

“Yes, Virginia, There Is A Christmas Season”

Yes, it is STILL the season of Christmas! I just finished and released my most recent Say Yes to Holiness podcast entitled, “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Christmas Season” where I shared Food for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet while reflecting about who, what and how the Christmas season can be truly special. Click here to listen on Audible, or you can find it on ITunes or Spotify. Enjoy, and see you on the Way tomorrow! Christina Semmens is a Roman Catholic author, blogger, speaker and mentor. She currently lives in Fort Payne, Alabama where she strives to live […]

Are You FINALLY Ready To Get Around to Publishing Your Book? Then Check This Out…

How many of us talk about writing a book? Well, statistics show that 4 out of every 5 Americans desire to write a book. But how many of us actually do it? The reality is that 99% don’t. And THAT reality, from any perspective, flat out SUCKS. But for me, a person who knows the power of story, and how profoundly people are transformed because of the one another’s stories, these statistics literally break my heart. So that is why I was thrilled to connect with the publishing group, Author Academy Elite (AAE). AAE is not a traditional publisher, but […]

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, […]

God’s Story is OUR Story; And It’s A Love Story

One of the speakers for the upcoming Diocese of Birmingham Eucharistic Congress that will occur on June 28-29, 2019 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center is someone who many people may already be familiar—Dr. Scott Hahn. Dr. Hahn’s work in the field of Scripture study, particularly in compiling and sharing what is now commonly known as “Covenant Theology,” has brought thousands to a greater understanding of Salvation History. The story of God’s relationship with His people. His most recent work, Genesis to Jesus, the latest addition to the Journey Through Scripture video Bible Study series from the St Paul Center for […]

Spy Wednesday, Gollum, Judas, and Our Choices

Today is Wednesday of Holy Week, also traditionally known as “Spy Wednesday”, because this is the day that we read the Gospel account of Judas’s betrayal. I also read a brilliant article entitled,“How Judas is the Gollum of the Gospels” written by Philip Kosloski in which he presents a great case that Gollum represents the disciple, Judas, in the great fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Thinking further about the comparison of Gollum and Judas, I soberly realized that I can be a lot like Gollum, pursuing “my precious” (be it a promotion, a degree, […]

Star Wars, Hope, and Holy Week

Ok, folks, I am just going to go all “fanboy” on you all for a moment, because I am ABSOLUTELY pumped after seeing the new Star Wars Episode IX trailer! (I included the link at the bottom of my post in case you haven’t seen it yet) Anyway, I have been a HUGE Star Wars fan since 1980 when I first saw The Empire Strikes Back. (That’s right, I didn’t see the original Star Wars movie until after I saw Empire, but that was because back “in the day”, you didn’t have the ability to watch a movie if you […]

Best Theory of How Credence Could Be a Dumbledore from Fantastic Beasts:Crimes of Grindelwald

Had to share this blog post from HogwartsProfessor.com as it brilliantly explains what (and how) the huge reveal at the end of the Crimes of Grindelwald is possible. From my lowly perspective of having being a Rowling fan since her first book was published in 1998, and also intentionally studied her writing style under the tutelage of the Hogwarts Professor himself, John Granger, this theory rings as true to me now as the reality that the original Harry Potter series was a Christian morality tale almost twenty years ago. Only time will tell if I am correct this time around […]

It Would Be A Crime to NOT Go See The New Fantastic Beasts Movie

So, I went and saw the latest movie installment of the Fantastic Beasts series: Crimes of Grindelwald, AND then I proceeded to also devour the screenplay. Once again, Jo Rowling has conjured up a brilliant and satisfying tale that will be enjoyed by fans both new to the Wizarding World along with bona fide Potterheads. Crimes of Grindelwald is a fast paced story that contains plenty of revelations, but it still leaves you wanting more, so although there’s another 2 year wait for Fantastic Beasts #3, I think it’ll be well worth it if the next ride is as magical […]

3 Reasons I Believe Dumbledore’s Sexuality Will NOT Be a Highlight of the Fantastic Beasts Movie Franchise

Recently, I was sharing with a friend my excitement about the upcoming November 16th release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. His response was very subdued, and when I queried him as to why, he responded, “I’m just not interested in seeing the whole Dumbledore-Grindelwald love story on screen.” I quickly assured him that I highly doubted that such a thing would happen, particularly since J.K. Rowling is the one writing the screenplay. Although my comments seemed to mollify my friend enough that he was willing to go see the movie, his reaction caused me to reflect that perhaps […]