How to View Your Work Day as a Catholic

We all know some holy people. Maybe it’s your parish priest, a local community of religious sisters, or the reverent couple you see at daily Mass. But for some reason, we think their holiness could never be achieved for ourselves. Sometimes we can’t imagine how we could bring holiness into both our work and home life.

Our busy lives seems to leave out God. There is our busy morning routines getting the kids up and out the door. Jobs push us to blur the lines of what is right and what is not quite wrong. Busyness leaves us disillusioned with our marriage, feeling like this is not the life we were dreaming of. Finally, there is so much evil.

How can we be holy in this secular world?

Busyness is what Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski sets out to dispel. Check out a few of our favorite thoughts from his book Sanctify Your Daily Life: How to Transform Work into a Source of Strength, Holiness and Joy.

The Catholic Toolbox

This is a great site with tons of activities, exercises, lesson plans, games and other resources that can be used in the classroom or at home.  Check it out!

5 Ways to Have a Super Catholic Summer

It’s hot outside and kids are home from school (or on a homeschooling break). Everyone is looking to make plans to fill June, July, and August with activities, vacations, events, and fun.
Let’s be honest, there is a reason the whole back half of Target is filled with nothing but lawn furniture and inflatable kiddie pools. Summer is arriving quickly and we all need something to do.
Rather than sit around and watch Netflix all day (though there’s no harm in viewing “The Office” for a tenth time through), here are some uniquely Catholic things you, your friends, and family can do this summer:

Matthew Kelly is on a Mission to Bring People Back to the Catholic Church

But to call this 44-year-old a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, and author is telling only part of his story. He’s a practical philosopher, too—many would say profound; a voice that guides millions of lives nationwide. In an era when thousands of people struggle to brand themselves as these things every day, he’s the real deal. The irony? He spends little time promoting himself; that, he would tell you, is not the point.

So nobody knows that he printed his 30 millionth book last October. Or that this year he’s on track to release three new titles (including Culture Guru, for business) and sell 5 million books more—a feat few other authors will accomplish. Or that, in 2018 alone, his 25th year as a published author and motivational speaker, he will address 225,000 people in person and another 1.3 million subscribers via inspirational videos—more than triple the number he addressed three years ago.

He was a starting quarterback in the SEC. Now he’s a missionary.

Patrick Towles, the former University of Kentucky quarterback who transferred to Boston College to finish his career, announced Tuesday he had quit his job at a local bank to become a missionary.

In a blog post on FaithandAthletics.com, Towles wrote about his decision and how he came to it.

“I don’t think anyone who decides to quit their job, leave their home, or shelf the expectations that they had for their life to be all the way sane either,” Towles wrote. “That being said, there were specific moments in my life that led me here. Some were substantial, some were very minor, but all were vital.”

Five Tips for Beating Loneliness from St. Ignatius

A recent study revealed an epidemic of loneliness in America. St. Ignatius Loyola knew from his experience of extreme penitence at Manresa that isolation is not healthy. By turning inward and focusing only on his own thoughts and the parts of himself that he despised, he neglected to recognize God’s love for him. What wisdom might Ignatius share with us today as we contend with this epidemic of loneliness?

Mornings are evil: Homily for Friday, October 27, 2017

Readings for Today

I have never liked mornings.  I do not like to have to get up early (as my mother can attest). I can have the best of intentions and motivations about what the next morning will mean, but at the time morning actually comes, I am weak. This has been a particular challenge in religious life, because things start early.  But my feeling about mornings, and my reactions to it, help me to understand better what Saint Paul says about moral and spiritual choices.

Saint Paul tells us that he sees the good but does the bad.  Now, he wants to do the good, but there are times when the bad seems good and so he sins.  The spiritual life can expose fickleness.  Just like Saint Paul, we can see the good and do the bad.  The only help we can find is the help that comes from grace.  Only with God’s grace, and our full cooperation with it can we both see the good and do it.

Where are you going?: Homily for Thursday, October 26, 2017

Readings for Today

Where are you going? Where do your actions lead? Saint Paul, in today’s first reading makes the choice in our lives clear. We choose vice or virtue.  We choose damnation or salvation. We choose selfishness or righteousness.  But we choose.  But a careful reading of Saint Paul makes it even clearer.  We choose Jesus or we reject him.  It is that simple.

What is it that you choose? How is it that you want to live your life? The challenges of living a faithful life are many.  The temptations to move away from the hard work of righteousness, or the need to trust in God’s grace is obvious.  What is it that  you choose today?

Don’t Miss the Lord: Homily for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Readings for Today

Today’s gospel refers to the need to be ready and awake for whenever the Lord will come, since his the exact time of his coming at the end of time is unknown to us. But this also refers to our day to day life, too.  If we are not watchful, we can miss the arrival of God into our lives.  We can miss those moments when God is present. We can have difficulty seeing how God is going to offer us eternal life, mercy or forgiveness.

It is for these reasons we seek out ways we know God is present.  We go to Mass.  We make sure that we go to confession on a regular basis. We pray. For in each of these ways, we deepen our friendship with Jesus. We become closer to him. And whenever he comes, we know we will be ready.