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.

Digital Discipleship: What is it?

What is a digital culture? How can a digital culture relate to discipleship? Author Caroline Cerveney, SSJ-TOSF, was recently on a cruise, where everything was coordinated in a digital format. She received a plastic card imprinted with her name, photo and dates of the cruise. This same card became the key to my stateroom and was used for all financial transactions on the ship. For 10-days, I had a glimpse of a digital
world, where cash was no longer needed!
As I ponder this experience, I continue to become more aware of how our world is becoming digital in so
many areas – finances, communications, education and more. Yes, we are immersed in a digital culture! And as this culture surrounds us, we find ourselves:
• At breakfast, checking Google for the current weather forecast and morning news.
• Checking our phone to see if an Uber or Lyft driver is in the area to take us to work.
• While riding to work, we begin to open Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat to catch up with
what we missed during the night and to communicate with our online friends.
• We observe others with their heads down, completely immersed in this digital world, headphones
in, talking little.
Nothing describes better what is happening than saying we live in a digital culture.

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:

How To Pray A Novena – A Visual Step By Step Guide

The novena is a Catholic practice of prayer that’s done over the course of nine days. Its practice goes back to the time of the apostles. The first novena can be attributed to when they got together to pray, after the Ascension waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Discover These Underutilized Catholic Websites and Resources!

There is a plethora of good Catholic websites and resources available through digital means. If you need a prayer request, you can send one through Twitter or any Facebook group you’re a part of. When you need to access prayers, you can either search online for the specific prayer you’re looking for or you can download an app to use.
However, sometimes we need a little some more than apps and (secular) social media.
This list was compiled for those who want access to something that will allow Catholics to immerse themselves in good, solid Catholic content without the fear of internet trolls or other objectionable content we often see online.

Young Adult Ministry is Critical to Evangelization—Here’s Why

Recently, I have become extremely frustrated with the lack of young adult ministry in my city, and I know I am not the only one in my city (and in others, perhaps) who is also frustrated. It is not hard to believe that there are others in other cities who share my concerns.

There is no one right way to accomplish it. The Diocese of Green Bay does it on both the parochial and diocesan level (and when a Minnesota Vikings fan praises anything related to the city of Green Bay, you know there is something special occurring). Kidding aside, the parishes of Rochester, Minnesota have banded together to do young adult ministry. There are various parishes across the nation that have their own group.

But, I think the main reason there are so many places where young adult ministry is non-existent is the fact that some do not see the need for it. Young adult ministry is seen as unnecessary. I beg to differ.

Why is it needed?

10 Phrases of Nobel Winning Scientists that Think that Faith and Science are Compatible

The other day I had the opportunity of speaking to a group of Italian youth. I asked how many of them believe in God or not. One responded saying, “I don’t believe in religion; rather, I believe in science.” I love this response because it is a typical, yet fertile starting point for speaking about the faith, religion and God.

“I believe in science.” I couldn’t put it better myself. The attitude of belief and science not only are not opposed, rather, they go hand and hand. Why? Because science often leads us to believe and accept as certain many truths that often seem to be everything but certain or evident according to our senses. Take a look at the table that your computer is resting upon. It looks pretty solid, correct? In reality, it is more like a cloud of united particles that is mostly empty.

No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord

Readings for Today

If I were in the shoes of Saint Thomas, I would have reacted just as he did. I would have doubted. I mean, rising from the dead. How many people can say that have witnessed a death, and seen new life. It is too bad we remember Thomas too often for his doubt. Thomas believed. He shed his life. How did he move from doubt to faith? By a personal encounter with Jesus. Spend some time with Jesus to get to know him better today.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, July 3, 2018.
Image courtesy Pixabay.

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.

What can Catholic moms do if they want their children to remain Catholic? Let go.

When you have children, everyone tells you that your life is going to change. They mean this in both the best and the worst possible ways: There are the predictable losses (lost sleep, lost money, lost time) as well as the wholly unexpected gains of loving a child beyond reason, beyond yourself.

What people do not tell you is that your children are bound to make unexpected and sometimes bewildering choices—and those choices have the power to change you. Children will shake your sense of identity, challenge your beliefs and fundamentally alter who you are.

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Anyone who has tried to pass on their religious faith to their children knows this to be true: You can be a good Catholic and raise a passel of atheists. You can be a strident ex-Catholic and raise a priest—like I did.