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Trusting In The One Certainty Amidst A Sea Of Change

As we continue to progress through the Easter Season, we have seen many recent signs of hope in our midst. The loosening of restrictions upon going out in public, the ability to interact with others–albeit while practicing social distancing, and our ability to return, if we are comfortable and well enough, to the public celebration of the Mass. Although these signs of hope bring great joy and comfort, the constant change and adjustments brings its own form of stress, anxiety and fear. Stress as we continuously are having to adjust what we used to do or how  we now need […]

What To Do For Divine Mercy Sunday?

Below is the text for an article posted by Father Chris Alar, MIC about what to do so you can receive all the graces available to ANYONE (Catholic AND non-Catholic) on Divine Mercy Sunday—THIS Sunday, April 19th. Please make sure to share this message of love and mercy with EVERYONE, especially now in the midst of COVID-19. Here is Fr Chris’ article: What To Do On Divine Mercy Sunday? Are you discouraged that you will not be able to receive the special graces of Divine Mercy Sunday promised directly by our Lord through St. Faustina in the 1930s? Don’t be. […]

To Proclaim The Kergyma By Our Very Lives

In the current reality of the COVID-19 world, many of us are struggling with lots of questions. Like how do we live in a “shelter-in-place” world where we have to practice social distancing? Or how can I ensure that someone I love isn’t going to get sick if they have to go to work or go to the grocery store to obtain food? But probably the most frequent is, when will this all be over?   For us as Catholics, this connects to questions that have been addressed in previous articles about how might it be possible for my family […]

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

These are the words of Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:55, but they were immortalized in an Easter homily by Saint John Chrysostom when he proclaimed: “O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and […]

Ten Ways To Prepare For Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

Fr. Ed Broom shares 10 great ways that can help you get ready for the biggest week of the year. Enjoy! https://spiritualdirection.com/2020/04/06/ten-ways-to-prepare-for-easter-and-mercy-sunday 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.  If you want to learn more about how to embrace the life God created you for, then plan to join me during the week of April 20th for the SAY YES TO […]

FB Live Event THIS Thursday (May 2nd) at 7:30pm–“How to Live the Extraordinary Graces of Easter”

A reminder that my next Facebook Live Event, “How to Live the Extraordinary Graces of Easter” is THIS Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30pm CST. Simply go to the @sayyestoholiness page on Facebook, and you should see the Live stream of the event at 7:30pm. Hope you can join me! https://www.facebook.com/events/594914397657297/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&xts%5B0%5D=68.ARCtFm6FMngcbIvdhJdtqf7YwLQ29mgl9JuEdZYyQcEzC9QM40wUKmKJU3_3Lt4IJzaj5Jzw8g0IR7-STdAojQNnPy4JT6-D7Lreus7nwuDYc_fg5J6wcQZ7mhySUYnsUIjAaj9bfeyJnBan02phxGgn70u9NLT9dUjLPvpzEPnmN4jPBWVDvKCrZLTro_KY5cWsxp0hdMSw-QQsvS97OXHNd-1F_WjnMNoy0aiU70AFFBOUT02khbP4Z5C_njWEOSSfQdyqsWynsfEU8CHpioX_EtFUaeq8vQ0y1OqhzLgo6kNJx9SjjVRWxBUlDpxuKUVf0BsMo8oKt2iqB4H0P2U&tn=HH-R

GUEST POST: Hear His Voice And “Re-Turn” To The Lord

As we celebrate the Easter Octave, I wanted to share a reflection written by Eileen Keller, a friend from the Diocese of Charleston, SC, who has some beautiful advice about how we can continue to live out the joy, hope and peace of Easter. Enjoy! The Gospel of John 20:11-18 tells the account from Resurrection morning, where Mary Magdalene sits at the empty tomb, weeping in her grief.  John tells us Jesus spoke and twice she turned.  You could say she turned and re-turned.  She didn’t recognize him.  It was only when the second time he spoke to her that she heard him say her name, “Mary”, that she […]

Happy Easter! Our Lord IS Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Happy Easter! The day is here! Our Lord IS Risen today! As you celebrate this great day, hopefully with your family and friends, I invite you to spend the less than 15 minutes it will take for you to listen to this MAGNIFICENT Easter message from Bishop Robert Barron. Bishop Barron nails it (pun intended!), and gives us three beautiful lessons for why this day should be the foundation of everything we do each and every day. https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/three-easter-lessons/5116/ Enjoy this joyous day, and know of my prayers for you as I look forward to seeing you along the Way soon! […]

“Awake, O Sleeper! Arise from Your Sleep!”and “Get On Board, Little Children, There’s Room For Many A’more”

On this Holy Saturday, as we wait in silence by the tomb of our Lord, it can be difficult to understand that Jesus is actually still going about the work of His Father today. In fact, I would argue that the work He is “doing” today is just as important as the work He did leading up to His Passion and death–the work of bringing about the redemption of everyone. Yes, that’s right. Everyone. Because today, Jesus has “descended into hell.” This ancient homily from the 2nd century explains exactly what the Lord’s Descent into Hell did, as Jesus proclaims […]