If someone asked you to describe yourself, what would be on your list of characteristics and attributes? How far down on that list would you mention your Catholic faith? Current events have sparked countless terse discussions in person and on line about what it means to be a Catholic. Can we profess one set of beliefs and then act contrarily in the public sphere? A frank look at the precepts and four marks of the Church and how weâ€™re obligated to follow them in both our private and public lives. Calling ourselves Catholic must be more than a designation; it must be a way of life.
As you move through Lent, there is only one essential question to ask yourself. This single query encompasses all you need for your spiritual striving and should be your main motivation. What is that question? How can it help you through Lent? Youâ€™ll find it in Chapter Six of the Gospel of Matthew. In this episode, Marge unpacks Matthewâ€™s chapter and shows you how to apply it to your Lenten striving.
In a vision, Christ told John that he will spit from his mouth those who are lukewarm in their faith (see Rev 3:15-16). Its hard to be on fire for the faith when the Church is under persecution. We fear shame and retaliation from those who oppose our beliefs. Being lukewarm seems like the safer route to take. Take heart! There are more faithful out there than you think and when they see you on fire, their hearts will burn for Christ as well. This message of hope and encouragement will help you do exactly that.
Feeling discouraged? Thatâ€™s not surprising given the current state of affairs in the world. Discouragement is a form of spiritual desolation and itâ€™s during such times that people tend to back off on spiritual commitments and go easy on themselves. But, thatâ€™s exactly the time to step it up and increase your spiritual striving. In this episode, Marge explains why that is and how to effectively face discouragement and spiritual desolation.
Most people focus on the new calendar year as January 1 rolls around. But, thereâ€™s so much more to know about New Yearâ€™s Day. Hereâ€™s what you need to know to make it a holy, happy, celebration.
Thereâ€™s so much to do during these last few days before Christmas! Your To-Do List is a mile long and youâ€™ve only worked part way through it. But getting ready for Christmas actually has nothing to do with decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, or anything else on your list. Here are the three most essential things to do before Christmas and how to tell if youâ€™re really ready.
Christmas is under threat by officials seeking to limit our ability to attend Christmas Mass and gather with family and friends. Over social media and news outlets, thereâ€™s mention of efforts to â€ścancelâ€ť Christmas. The truth is, Christmas canâ€™t be canceled and in this episode, Marge gives three concrete reasons why thatâ€™s true. Then she gives three things you can do to make a joy-filled Christmas happen for you and yours.
If you saw someone walking down the street dressed in camelâ€™s hair and eating grasshoppers and honey. Would you consider that person a credible authority? Most likely not. Youâ€™d probably think that person was weird at best or perhaps mentally ill. It was a strange thin to do in Jesusâ€™ time, too, but St. John the Baptist did just that, becoming the voice int eh desert that prepared others for the coming of the Savior. He spoke the truth regardless of the possible consequences. Today we need countless St. John the Baptists who will be the voice in the desert, speaking the truth regardless of the consequences. You can do it, God will help you and St. John the Baptist will intercede for you.
Weâ€™re facing more pandemic lockdowns, uncertainty about the future of our country, and the possibility of financial crisis for many. Â Add to that our Lordâ€™s admonishment in the Gospels that we must be ready for his Second Coming at any moment. All of this can tempt you to give into fear and lose hope when in fact the opposite should and can be true. Hereâ€™s how to make fear backfire and Advent 2020 become a blessed time of spiritual growth, hope, and joy.
You may not be able to gather with loved ones this Thanksgiving as youâ€™d hoped, but thereâ€™s still much you can do to foster a grateful heart and observe a true Thanks-Giving. Marge outlines seven concrete steps to a grateful heart and a blessed Thanksgiving despite COVID restrictions.
Simply HolyÂ 037: Straight Talk About Fallen Away Family Members Part II: When Politics Further Divide You
You and your loved one already are divided over Church issues. Now with the upheaval of the 2020 Presidential Election, youâ€™re further divided over political issues. What do you do? How do you approach your loved one amidst these volatile topics? In this episode, Marge gives nine practical steps for re=establishing and affirming your relationship despite your differences.
Are you worried about a loved one who has left the Catholic Church? These days itâ€™s difficult to find someone whose family hasnâ€™t been touched by this sadness in some way. This episode is straight talk about what NOT to do when someone you care about leaves the Church (The Three Donâ€™ts) and how to frame your approach for meaningful dialog (The Three Doâ€™s). Plus, a valuable resource for protection against evil. Parents and grandparents, youâ€™ll want to lock into this powerful way to protect your children and grandchildren against evil influences. A message of hope, joy, and encouragement.
Have you found yourself getting aggravated when dealing with someone of the opposite gender? Perhaps itâ€™s a co-worker, friend, or even your spouse. Most of us experience that from time to time and for good reason. Man and woman arenâ€™t just different physically, but also different in heart, mind and will. Listen as Marge explains the differences between the way males and females think, react, lead, and relate. The differences are God-willed, beautiful, and necessary even though they can be a source of aggravation.
It seems like all we do is talk about freedom these days. Freedom fromâ€¦freedom forâ€¦ But did you know that itâ€™s possible to be free on the outside yet bound on the inside? Thatâ€™s right. Unless youâ€™re interiorly free, exterior freedom doesnâ€™t matter much at all. St. Paul wrote to the Romans, â€ś I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.â€ť We all do that from time to time. Why? In this episode Marge looks at Mother Teresa and Amy Coney Barrett as examples of interiorly free individuals who move freely and decisively in the world. Tune in and learn how to become interiorly free and stop doing the things that you hate.
What do you do when someone hits you with a nasty comment or unwarranted accusation? When they make you so mad that you want to hit back? It seems weâ€™re confronted with such situations left and right these days from people and angles we might never have expected. What is the Christian response when someone verbally attacks you either in person or online? You hit back â€“ hard â€“ with the most powerful weapon you have. Learn what that weapon is and five steps for dealing with insults, mud-slinging, fight-picking, and false accusations in a calm, Christian manner that will foster holiness.
What Will You Give Your Mother on Her Birthday? After a brief sabbatical to recover from the loss of her mother-in-law, Marge is back to bring you more joy, inspiration, and simply everyday spirituality. In this episode Marge asks the question, â€śWhat will you give your mother for her birthday?â€ť The mother sheâ€™s referring to, however, isnâ€™t your human mother. Itâ€™s your heavenly Mother â€“ Mary â€“ and her birthday is September 8. The Nativity of the Blessed Mother is cause for universal rejoicing, as St. John Damascene said. What might that rejoicing look like? How can you celebrate the birthday of a divine rather than human mother? Marge explains how that can be done and gives three great ways to really celebrate your Motherâ€™s birthday. And yes, cake and ice cream is included!
Born and raised in a staunch Norwegian Lutheran family. Paulaâ€™s journey led her away from the Lutheran faith and into a long period of spiritual disengagement. A change meeting introduced her to a community of Camaldolese Benedictine monks and the beauty of the Catholic Church was opened up to her. The gentleness and devotion of these holy monks paved the way for her to become a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate â€“ a decision she not only hasnâ€™t regretted, but whole-heartedly embraces.
Simply Holy 030: They Can Destroy Our Churches, But Not Our Faith: Four Steps to Counter Persecution and Bad News
In the past several weeks, there have been 50 recorded incidents of churches, parishes, and religious statues being destroyed in the United States and Canada. That list continues to grow. This is a cause for great concern, but not for hopelessness. Buildings, parishes and statues are structures that can be defaced and destroyed, but our faith cannot â€“ as long as we cling to Christ and his Mother. Using the wisdom of St. Paul and the inspiring story of Â Irelandâ€™s Ballintubber Abbey, â€śThe Abbey That Refused to Die,â€ť Marge offers words of encouragement and four steps to counter persecution and the bad news weâ€™re inundated with day after day.
Sonja Corbitt tells her story of conversion from the Southern Baptist Church and her eventual journey into the Lay Carmelites. She describes what attracted her to the Carmelite spirituality, what it means to be a Lay Carmelite, and how it has helped her in her striving for holiness.
Simply Holy 028: Are You Stuck in a Prayer Rut? Getting Out of the Rut and Into Fruitful Communication with God
Have your prayers become rote and lifeless? Do you feel as though you are stuck in a rut where prayer is only so many words? In this episode, Marge shares five great and simple ways to get out of the rut and into fruitful communication with God.