Make the Best of Lent: 12 Things to Give Up + Take Up

The purpose of Lent is to live out a sober time to prepare for our Lord’s passion and resurrection. It is a season of penance and renewal.  Make the best of Lent: choose one thing to detach or fast from in the first list. In the second list, choose one thing to attach to.  ChooseContinue reading “Make the Best of Lent: 12 Things to Give Up + Take Up”

Spiritual but not Religious: Reflections of an Ex-Spiritualist

Spirituality (“S”) in the western world often refers to concepts drawn from known religions or religious practice. However, unlike religion (“R”), S often does not have detailed concepts or doctrine and tends to leave the “how” to the individual. See an example of a popular definition of spirituality here. Here are some important lessons IContinue reading Spiritual but not Religious: Reflections of an Ex-Spiritualist

Choosing Your Spouse: 12 Principles & Practical Tips

Prayer Begin your search with prayer. Ask God to choose for you. Let your life be guided by God. This calls for an open heart and an open mind to God ‘s plans for you. Also, Pray for your future spouse. Ask God to lead that spouse to you. Ask him to help your heartContinue reading “Choosing Your Spouse: 12 Principles & Practical Tips”

‘I am A Good Person’: 5 Reasons Why this Common Declaration Falls Short

It is not uncommon for us to say or hear someone declare that I am a good person. While the intent behind the statement may be good, here are some reasons why it falls short of being a good thing to say: 1.            How Are You Sure You Are Good?Continue reading “‘I am A Good Person’: 5 Reasons Why this Common Declaration Falls Short”

Indian Residential Schools, the Catholic Church: Lessons & Some Concrete Steps

In the summer of 2021, the whole world watched in horror as the unmarked graves of hundreds of children were discovered near former Indian Residential Schools in Canada. These schools were run by the Catholic Church with the support of the Government of Canada.  At that time, 1800s to late 1900s, it was the policyContinue reading “Indian Residential Schools, the Catholic Church: Lessons & Some Concrete Steps”

7 Ways to Keep Your Friendships Non-Toxic

Stay Positive Flip negative statements by highlighting the positive aspect of the situation. Acknowledge a not-so-pleasant current situation and think through a positive solution with your friend. If there is no immediate solution, listen and have compassion. Offer to pray. Overall, let your friend associate you with realistic optimism.   Give the Temperament a Chance WeContinue reading “7 Ways to Keep Your Friendships Non-Toxic”