Father Francis Fernández

Daily Quote from Francis Fernandez

“Our Lord asks everyone to give good example in their daily lives and in a fruitful apostolate.  There are many admirable examples around us, but we have to pray that, among Christians, those who lead and govern, people of influence, parents, teachers, priests and everyone who is any way a good shepherd for others will grow daily in holiness.”  (Francis […]

Daily Quote from Francis Fernandez

“If each Christian were to speak in conformity with the Faith, we would surely change the world. We cannot sit silently in the face of such crimes as abortion and the degradation of marriage and the family. Nor can we surrender to those forces that would seek to remove God from the formation of the young.” (Francis Fernandez; In Conversation […]

Don’t Be a “2/3rds” Catholic

If you think about it, most of us will likely spend the majority of our adult (awake) lives in the workplace.  A typical eight hour work day accounts for 1/3rd of the total day, with the other 2/3rds being devoted to sleeping, family, friends, faith, etc.  In the practice of our faith, do we consider the workplace as an opportunity […]

Priorities and a Life Filled with Meaning

This is the second half of a talk I gave to the Catholic Business Leaders Breakfast at Sacred Heart Parish in Atlanta.  The first part of my talk was on my conversion into the Catholic Church in 2006 with my wife and sons after I spent 23 years in the “spiritual wilderness”–a period when I had no faith in my […]

No Virtue Without Sacrifice

I came across this wonderful quote from St. Gregory the Great while reading In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez this morning.  It is worthy of careful reading and reflection…and sharing with your friends. A Christian cannot make the mistake which Saint Gregory the Great described as follows: “There are some who wish to be humble, but without being despised, […]

Our Work Should Lead Us to God

I was reviewing past reflections from In Conversation With God this morning and came across another gem from Francis Fernandez.  As always I am humbled by his wisdom and the way he shares Christ’s teaching with us and how applicable his writing is to our mission at The Integrated  Catholic Life.  From Fernandez: Our work should lead us to God.  […]

Some Profound Wisdom on Faith and Work

I have collected 10 profound quotes on faith and work which have had a significant impact on me.  I find great clarity and comfort in these words of Scripture, the Saints, Popes and other wonderful Catholic writers.  Do you have others?  Please share your quotes below. “You are the salt of the earth.  You are the light of the world.  A city […]