There are times in all our lives when we may need some professional counseling. It may come in a situation with one of our children that we are not so sure how to handle. Or it may be that there are issues in our [Read more…]
I am so excited to share my book with you. Below is the Introduction to Fully Alive! Check it out, I think you will like it!
Imagine, for a moment, feeling completely free to be yourself, without any worry about what others may think. Imagine living a meaningful life that brings you peace of mind and joy in your relationships. Imagine being able to remain stress-free in this stressful world. Imagine being able to enjoy your life regardless of your circumstances.
Sound too good to be true? Not in my book! [Read more…]
Born in 1917, my dad’s life has spanned the greater part of a century. Part of what Tom Brokaw called the “greatest generation,” he served his country well in WWII. He became the first member of his family to get a college degree, one in electrical and mechanical engineering. And he went on to get his MBA, at a time when having two college degrees was pretty special.
My dad has always been smart, really smart. And at 95 he is still sharp as a tack! A few of years ago [Read more…]
I am rerunning this post for Divine Mercy Sunday.
Catholics are familiar with the beautiful devotion to Jesus as the Divine Mercy. This devotion is based on the private revelations of Jesus to a young Polish nun that emphasized the unfathomable depths of God’s merciful love. St. Maria Faustina became the first saint of the new millennium when she was canonized by our late Polish pope, John Paul II.
It has been over 10 years now that I first read St. Faustina’s Diary. Yet I cannot forget the unexpected impact that the messages had on me. I want to share with you today the one that changed my life forever. It comes at the end of the section numbered 90. Jesus says, “It is not for the success of a work, but for the suffering that I give reward.”
These words hit me like a 2×4 between the ears! [Read more…]
In this post I want to share with you what I believe to be the three most important tenets of good parenting. Being a parent is by far the most important job any of us can have. We are not only responsible for the formation of another person, but in forming that person we have a share in shaping the larger world in which we live. This is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. [Read more…]
Today is Holy Trinity Sunday in the Catholic Church. This is the time the Church honors God as the Holy Trinity. It follows the Church’s celebration of Pentecost, the time when we, as a Church, acknowledge the gift of the Holy Spirit.
When we talk about the Holy Trinity, we refer to the three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one God. Over the centuries, theologians have written brilliant treatises on this subject. I have not read these, nor are they the topic of this post.
Today I want to share with you my own tiny sliver of understanding of this great mystery. [Read more…]
I was busy writing this week’s post about how we are looking for our happiness in all the wrong places. My message was that we can find our happiness only in God. I took a break to check my emails and got this one from Queen of Peace Productions. They post Our Lady’s messages to the seers in Medjugorje. [Read more…]
Yesterday I posted “The Key to Happiness”. If you haven’t read it you can link here. The message in that post was the importance of developing an attitude of gratitude. The secular world in which we live is soaked in negativity. We are continually assaulted by negative messages that we are not good enough and that we will not make it. The messages are discouraging and they condition us to see our glass perpetually empty and never full. “The Key to Happiness” gives the remedy for this negativity.
Today I want to take things a step further and teach you how to turbocharge your happiness. [Read more…]
We live in a culture that is very self-absorbed. Self-absorption leads to depression. So is it any wonder that we have an epidemic of depression in our society.
Our culture is also very materialistic and perfectionistic. We are constantly being assaulted by the media with messages that we are not good enough. We are told that unless we buy certain products, or look and act in certain ways, we will not make it in life. We are conditioned to see our glass perpetually empty, and never full. [Read more…]
Today is Mother’s Day. I would like to wish all mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers a very special day! I would also like to take this opportunity to honor my own mother, Constance Kleinschmidt Brown, who left us all too soon in June, 2002.
It’s hard for me to believe that it is almost 10 years since my Mom passed away. So much has happened in these intervening years that she has not been a part of. We’ve had hurricane Katrina, my daughters’ weddings, and the births of my four grandchildren (her great grandchildren.) But I want to go way, way back to share some of my fondest memories of my Mom. These are memories from when I was a kid. [Read more…]