joyful

Make a Joyful Noise!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! (Psalm 98:4) “That’s not a sandwich. It’s a mattress!” I can still see the twinkle in my mom’s eyes as she charmingly responded, “Solo es un colchoncito” – “It’s only a little mattress,” and calmly poured the remaining bit of coffee into […]

What are Obstacles to Catholic Authenticity?

Photograph © by Andy Coan

Why is it difficult to be the same person at work, home, church and with our friends? I have observed this problem for several years, but lately I have become more aware of the challenges people have with consistently being “real.” In a few recent discussions with friends, I received blank stares and perceived a lot of discomfort when I […]

O Joyful Catholics, Where Are You?

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

I believe one of the greatest obstacles to evangelization and sharing our faith with others today is that many of us have forgotten how to be joyful. I know when the stresses of the world weigh me down, I struggle to maintain a joyful attitude in the presence of others. We are often so busy with our hectic schedules and […]

A Most Difficult Question to Answer

Photography © by Andy Coan

When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others.  I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to […]

Islands of Joy

I recently had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with overtly living out his faith in the real world and reluctance to discuss his faith with others.  He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be doing.  Unfortunately, this is a very common tale.  The conversation became […]