Financial Gifts from God

When it comes to the financial gifts we have received from God, we must decide how and when we will use them.  Yep, I mentioned ‘when’ in this sentence.  Often we talk about the ‘how’ we will use the gifts, but the ‘when’ is just as critical.  Commercials are in abundance with advice from lots […]

What to do if you can’t pay your bills:

If you are struggling to make your monthly obligations, we recommend you go to the Compass Catholic Facebook page and watch the Live Event entitled “Creating a Crisis Budget.” During a period of income instability, it’s important to determine what is a want and what is a need. Your needs come first. Are your essentials […]

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as it is the only holiday where we gather for the specific purpose of being thankful to the Lord for all that we’ve been given. All of us face challenges–financial challenges, health challenges, relationship challenges, job challenges, you name it. And those challenges can get overwhelming unless we […]

God Marriage & Money

When a couple gets married they each bring assumptions and preconceived notions about money into their marriage. He thinks $1,000 in debt is horrible. She thinks $10,000 in debt is normal. He wants to lease a car and get a new one every 2 years.  She assumes they’ll buy a good used car and drive […]

Are You Being Honest With Yourself?

  Fifty or sixty years ago, if you had asked someone if they were honest or truthful, they would have looked at you as if you had two heads. At that time, there was no discernable difference between the two. Our attitudes have changed so much that today people often manipulate their words and actions […]

Seeking Godly Counsel

When we really want to buy something, how many times do we slow down enough to seek Godly counsel before purchasing it? The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord. So, if we have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially wisdom, understanding […]

Middle Class Money Mistakes

According to a Pew Research study done in 2014, the middle class is defined as people who have an annual salary between $42,000 – $125,000. That is a huge margin between the low end and the high-end earners. If you are on the low end of the income level, you are probably struggling to make […]

The Importance of Stuff

A week after the horrific Las Vegas shooting, the area which was once host to a day of country music was full of abandoned items which were being catalogued and organized so they could be returned to their owners. There were clothes, shoes, baby strollers, phones, backpacks and purses strewn across the huge crime scene. […]

There’s a Catfish on the Sidewalk!

We’ve spent a lot of time this month preparing for then dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. For you non-Floridians, hurricane preparation means securing anything in the yard or patio that could be picked up by the wind and become a projectile. Laundry must to be done because we all need clean underwear in […]

The Tradeoff Between Energy, time and Money

Do you remember summers as a child when you had unlimited energy and all the time in the world to do whatever you wanted to do before the start of school?  And there was no real need for money. Then you grew up and all of a sudden there was never enough energy, time or […]