Happiness

Happiness Is a Choice

The last time my husband and I drove to the grocery store, I was struck by how many billboards advertised their products or services using slogans that contained the word happy, or images of someone smiling. Even in the grocery store, countless products with images of someone smiling stared back at us from the shelves.…

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Family Activities for St. Nicholas’ Day

Many people either loosely associate St. Nick with Santa Claus, or haven’t heard about him at all. Catholics have the best of both worlds, because we celebrate Christmas, but have ANOTHER feast for St. Nicholas as well, a couple of weeks away – December 6.  Just one more way to celebrate our faith and make…

A Few Ideas about the Sabbath Rest…

  It’s that time of week again… Sunday is back! The “Sabbath rest” has been given a variety of meanings. For the Jews, it has always meant a rigorous abstinence from various forms of physical activities. For many Christians, it means not working their normal job on Sundays… This idea has caused some pretty intense discussions…

Pope Francis Has People Thinking… And That’s a Good Thing

I don’t usually read comments on blog posts or articles. I sometimes make an exception and skim through the comments when I’m reading posts about Pope Francis, because I am interested not only in what he has to say, but also how he is being interpreted and received by others. From the moment he was…

What Catholics Can Learn from Our Protestant Brethren

I am a staunch Catholic and I love my faith. I believe the Pope is infallible. I believe Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. I pray to (but don’t worship!) Mary. I talk to the Saints. I believe purgatory exists… I believe all the Catholic “stuff”. That being said, there are various things I…