struggle

Lord, Enter Into the Mess

“No other religion has a god who created and also entered into time and space, entered into that creation. No other religion has a god that enters into the mess.”  I like to try to pretend I’m not an adult, but it’s getting harder and harder to deny that I’m growing up. And with all the perks of being adult, […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Francis Fernandez

Christ on the Cross (detail) by Velazquez

“As long as we live in the world our life is a constant struggle between love for Christ or giving into lukewarmness, to our passions, or to comfort-seeking, which destroys love.  Faithfulness to Christ is forged each day by struggling against what separates us from him, and by an effort to make progress in virtue.  Then they will be faithful […]

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 […]

Letting Our Kids Struggle and Fail

One of the defining moments in my youngest son’s life occurred on a Saturday a few years ago.  He had been working hard for over two years to earn his black belt in Taekwondo and was participating in an all-city testing event to determine if he was ready.  He executed his kicks and moves flawlessly during the day and you […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Francis Fernandez

“As long as we live in this world our life is a constant struggle between love for Christ or giving in to lukewarmness, to our passions, or to comfort-seeking, which destroys love.  Faithfulness to Christ is forged each day by struggling against whatever separates us from him, and by an effort to make progress in virtue.  Then we will be […]

The Art of Living: Patience and Perseverance

I read a wonderful article by Dr. Edward Sri of the Augustine Institute this morning that could not have come at a better time.  As I felt frustration over my daily list of 50 things I had to get done today and the business deals which weren’t going perfectly, I was inspired by his encouraging article and the need to be […]