First Communion is such an important time in a child’s life. Even if the sacrament is delayed until the health crisis passes, placing a special focus on your child’s relationship with Christ can continue at home. Sometimes, a simple gift serves as a reminder and tool.
What can Catholics do if they cannot get to confession? A few weeks ago, Pope Francis responded to the dilemma that many Catholics face in not being able to receive the Sacrament of Penance.
Going to Confession is one of the greatest sources of grace available to us in our Catholic faith. In this Sacrament, the Holy Spirit continues to work in us through conversion and forgiveness. We are enabled to grow in self-knowledge and humility. We begin to see our selfish habits with greater clarity.
In order to make a good confession, we must first make a good examination of conscience. Many of us are familiar with examinations of conscience based on the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), but there is also another biblical guide that we can use to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Beatitudes. While the Ten Co[...]
Bottom Line Upfront: Make Time for GodHalf an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed "— Saint Francis de SalesThe truth is that we are all busy. In day two of this series, Father Joe talked about how making prayer a priority in our busy lives is not always easy, yet i[...]
Bottom Line Up Front: Expect TemptationSaint Francis de Sales implored his flock not to be surprised when faced with temptations. In his Sermon on the First Sunday of Lent he said the following regarding temptations: “We make a mistake if we assume that in this Christian walk we can avoid temptation. Christ himself was tempted[...]
Bottom Line Upfront: Conversion is continual As we contemplate resolutions in the New Year, it is natural to think of them as significant changes that occur all of a sudden. Once we decide to change, it happens! However, this is not so with the spiritual life. Conversion is ongoing, growth takes times, and transformation comes f[...]
Candles are lit, the petite white gown has been donned by a squirming infant, and now the celebrant turns to the parents holding the child and solemnly asks: “What name do you give your child?” In reply, you might hear: Ashley Elizabeth... David Joseph... Mary Joy... Justin Michael… There’s nothin[...]
The Bottom Line Up front: Think about your character Character is not something we are born with. It is something we develop through our habits on a daily basis. The guiding principle of St. Francis de Sales's Spiritual Directory affirms that each day offers us multiple opportunities to embody and enact the[...]
Bottom Line Up front: Talk to God Every DayI saw a quote recently that said, "Until we believe that prayer is a good use of our time, we will not make time for prayer". How true this is! There is one thing we all have in common: Time. In this life, we all live within the framework of time. We can only move forward in time, not[...]