Humility is an Under-Rated Virtue

Do you consider yourself a humble person? Some people think that humility is having a low opinion of yourself. Being humble, however, does not mean having a poor opinion of yourself. It does mean accepting yourself and your many good qualities, as well as your limitations, and recognizing that others also have good qualities and limitations. Humility is […]

How to Handle a Financial Pandemic

Do you feel like your world is upside-down? Reactions to the Coronavirus, so far at least, seem a little extreme. Cancelling the NBA season? But, the decline of the stock market is real. Travel bans, cancelled business symposiums, and job lay-offs are real. As Catholics, how are we to respond? First, let’s admit the reality […]

Sunday is Not Monday

Sunday used to be a day for attending church, relaxing, spending time with family and friends and recharging ourselves spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. Unfortunately, Sunday is no longer the Lord’s day and disconnecting Sunday from our faith has made it easier to use Sunday as just another day of the week. There are many […]

Learning to be Content

There was a recent article in our newspaper titled “Despite Having Nothing I am Happy.” It was about a couple who experienced Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and moved to the panhandle area of Florida. When they got to Florida they had nothing. In fact, they tell a story about scavenging in a dumpster and […]

Being Honest In A Dishonest World

All of us make many small daily decisions about being honest. Do you deal honestly in all areas of your life, even the smallest ones? Or do you quietly smile and pocket the extra money when the cashier gives you too much change? Have you ever sold something and not been entirely truthful because you […]

God Marriage & Money

While talking about money may not be considered a romantic thing to do when you are engaged to be married, not talking about money may lead to divorce, which is definitely not romantic! Joint discussions about the family finances need to happen early and often in order to build and maintain a strong healthy marriage. […]

The Way of a Fool

As a way to get ready for today’s blog, I went to the American Bible Society website, choose the NABRE version of the Bible, including the Deuterocanonicals and did a word search on “fool.” The search results showed there were 219 verses related to the word “fool.”   Who knew the Bible had so much […]

Cosigning is Bad for Your Financial Health

Many people gladly cosign a loan thinking they are doing the right thing by helping someone out of a difficult situation. Cosigners are usually friends or relatives who sign loan papers for someone who’s not able to get a loan on their own merit. It seems like a good idea at first. You may be […]

10 Steps to Build a Budget That Works

Many people cringe at the thought of a budget as it raises mental images of not being able to go anywhere, do anything or have any fun.  A budget seems to convey the feeling of restrictions and lots of record keeping. However, a properly designed and maintained budget gives you freedom rather than restrictions, especially […]

Doubting Thomas

“Thomas called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into […]