Tips to Make Good Decisions (The Virtue of Prudence)

Are you still deciding what your new year resolution should be? Good decision-making is indispensable to building the life we want. However, to arrive at a good decision, we have to grow in the virtue of prudence – an essential ingredient for deciding well. What is Prudence? Prudence is the virtue that helps us avoidContinue reading “Tips to Make Good Decisions (The Virtue of Prudence)”

Tips to Benefit from a Silent Retreat

A silent retreat once a year is recommended for anyone who wishes to get closer to God or to understand him better. We cannot love someone who we do not know or understand. However, not everyone has the privilege of attending a silent retreat. In such a case, entering into a momentary period or dayContinue reading “Tips to Benefit from a Silent Retreat”

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

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 heart seeContinue 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

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.   We may have that friend who is oftenContinue reading “7 Ways to Keep Your Friendships Non-Toxic”