4 Steps for Starting Your Day the Right Way

Smashing an Alarm Clock

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail You know what should be against the law? Having to deal with insomnia while you have a newborn. Last night I woke to feed the baby around 3:30 AM, and she went right back to sleep. I, however, did not. I would describe what went through my head as I lay awake glaring at… [Continue Reading]

4 ways to place yourself in the presence of God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As part of our year with St. Francis de Sales, I wanted to excerpt the section from Introduction to the Devout Life where he offers four practical tips for putting yourself in God’s presence. This is an extremely important first step of prayer, he explains, since all too often we pray as if God… [Continue Reading]

Banish the spiders


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail For my first post for our year with Francis de Sales, I was drawn to a section at the beginning of Introduction to the Devout Life. Addressing the reader as Philothea, which refers to “a soul in love with God,” he discusses venial, i.e. “small” sins. We don’t need to freak out about relatively… [Continue Reading]

Anxiety is easier

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last week St. Francis de Sales and some bad programming at Google Maps led me to one of the biggest realizations I’ve had this year: that anxiety = not trusting God. For a long time I knew that stress about certain individual matters was due to a prideful insistence that I had the best… [Continue Reading]

Anger, anxiety and trusting God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I never intended for controlling feelings of frustration and anger to be the theme of my prayers and writing for the past few weeks, but ever since the subject first came up I haven’t been able to avoid it. I didn’t realize how often I let my Irish temper get the best of me… [Continue Reading]

Temper control

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Abigail and I were recently corresponding about the subject of anger. I don’t know whether it’s my background as a spoiled only child or my Irish genes or my naturally selfish disposition, but I think that the majority of my day-to-day sins involve getting disproportionately angry and frustrated when things don’t go my way…. [Continue Reading]