christina.semmens

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5 Benefits of Mortification For Us During Lent And In Our Daily Life

The end is in sight! Holy Week is just around the corner, but we still have Lenten promises of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to remain faithful to during these next 12 days until we reach Easter Sunday. If you are anything like me, you might be eagerly awaiting the end of all the different mortifications we might have promised to do for our Lord during this Lenten season! BUT, once you celebrate the great octave of Easter, and before you set aside all of your sacrifices permanently, I wanted to share 5 benefits for us that come from mortification. So […]

Interview And Conversation On The Journeys In Faith YouTube Show!

On Friday evening, on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, I was privileged to serve as a guest on the Journeys in Faith YouTube Show hosted by Anne DeSantis. Our conversation was wide-ranging as we spoke about my own journey of faith and then also about the work that I do, especially within the Say Yes to Holiness Movement. You can listen to our entire conversation here! Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and may the graces gained for us by the intercession of Saint Joseph continue to bless us and all of our loved ones as […]

Episode 57–“Tips to Persevere and Increase Your Trust in God To Finish Lent Strong”–Say Yes to Holiness Podcast

In this podcast episode, Christina shares Food for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet that will help you grow your trust in God and persevere so you can finish the Lenten season strong. You check out the entire episode here: Episode 57–“Tips to Persevere and Increase Your Trust in God To Finish Lent Strong” May this podcast help to inspire, encourage and accompany you in being able to keep doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep striving for holiness during this Lenten season. Listen to: Episode 57–“Tips to Persevere and Increase Your Trust in God To Finish Lent Strong” If you prefer […]

“Skellig Michael, Star Wars and the Rise of Voyage Comics–A Conversation with Philip Kosloski”

On this day in which we remember the heroic and inspiring story of Saint Patrick and his efforts to bring about the conversion of the land of Eire (Ireland) to Christianity, it seems particularly appropriate to share one of my most recent podcasts conversations–this one with Philip Kosloski, founder of Voyage Comics and Publishing. During our conversation, Phil shared a bit of his own story–of graduating from the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Catholic Studies and then going on to complete his Master of Arts degree in Theology with the Augustine Institute in […]

Five Truths To Help Us Rejoice Come Easter Sunday–Connections Between Faith and Life Say Yes to Holiness YouTube series

We are now more than halfway through our Lenten journey, and although we still have a fair piece of journeying ahead of us until we reach Easter morning, Laetare Sunday should have given us the briefest of glimpses of the sun arising, so, hopefully, our hope in the idea of reaching the end of our Lenten journey has been strengthened by its glimpse–despite the hard slogging still ahead. To help us with the challenges of the journey that still awaits us, this week’s addition to the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life YouTube series focuses upon the five truths that […]

Episode #55–“Making Good Use of the Time Remaining to Us”–Say Yes to Holiness Podcast

We are now past the midway point of Lent, so we might be thinking that it’s too late to get anything out of Lent, or to go even deeper into the season. But I am here to tell you that it is never too late, and that we always have the opportunity to make good use of whatever time we have been given, including whatever remaining time there is to this Lenten season. So this episode focuses upon Food for the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet to help you make good use of the time remaining to us this Lenten […]

Want A Way Into Clubhouse?

Many of you might have heard about the new IPhone social media app, Clubhouse. The Guardian wrote this about Clubhouse last month: “Part talkback radio, part conference call, part Houseparty, Clubhouse is a social networking app based on audio-chat. Users can listen in to conversations, interviews and discussions between interesting people on various topics – it is just like tuning in to a podcast but live and with an added layer of exclusivity. Well, I was blessed with a Clubhouse invite about a month ago, and I can honestly say that it is a marvelously fun time! My experience has […]

“Becoming Holy and Healthy”–1 on 1 Conversation with Lori Crock, Episode #54 Say Yes to Holiness Podcast

Lori Crock and I first crossed paths in the midst of the recent Say Yes to Holiness Winter Summit. I was really excited to hear about all the work she was doing, so I reached out to see if she could come on to the Say Yes to Holiness podcast, and Lori graciously said yes! Our conversation revolved mostly about her current efforts to help people become “Holy and Healthy,” and there are currently two ongoing initiatives: Fiat 90 and Fit to Serve, and also how much she enjoys being a SoulCore Leader. If you are unaware, SoulCore incorporates the praying of […]

The Three Great Opportunities of Lent–Connections Between Faith and Life Say Yes to Holiness YouTube series

Greetings! We are now into the third week of Lent, so thought it was important to remind us of the opportunities that are present within this great and holy season for growing in holiness. So, this week’s addition to the Connections Between Faith and Daily Life YouTube series focuses upon the three great opportunities of Lent. Enjoy watching “The Three Great Opportunities of Lent” Specifically, this video addresses how you can use this Lenten season to make serious progress in your interior life by growing in detachment, growing in your love of Christ, and fulfilling your desire for eternal happiness, […]

“7 Daily Choices to Transform Your Relationships and Your Life”–1 on 1 Conversation with Dow Tippett, Episode #53 Say Yes to Holiness Podcast

Happy Third Sunday of Lent! We are now beginning to move into the heart of Lent, and I honestly can’t think of a better person to help us be about doing what’s necessary to allow the season to transform us than this week’s podcast guest, Dow Tippett. Dow and I connected through the recent Say Yes to Holiness Winter Summit, and we followed up the wonderful Summit panel discussion with this illuminating and enlightening conversation on the Say Yes to Holiness podcast. Dow has an unique ability to communicate deep truths in conversational, easy to understand language and practical tools, […]