Nicholas_Cole

http://www.catholiccompany.com/

A Catholic father and husband living in North Carolina. He and his wife homeschool their children and teach natural family planning classes. Nicholas is VP ecommerce for The Catholic Company, a nationally ranked retailer and the world's leading Catholic store. At The Catholic Company, he is the strategic leader of the marketing and ecommerce teams.

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In anticipation of Blessed John Paul II’s upcoming canonization I was revisiting my Divine Mercy Chaplet.

 

Mine, a beat up prayer card copy that was given to me by a buddy in college, has now been worn down through its years of use. It was handed to me outside of my school’s chapel. I looked at the image on the front and was shocked by the simplicity in the inscription:

“Jesus, I trust in You.” (Easy words. Hard to follow.)

126822-004-B7C5CC2CIt’s hard to believe that the Summer is drawing to a close, but here we are.  We’ve had our family vacations, the kids are anxiously awaiting their return to school, and most parents are ready to see their kids back in the throngs of academia. Despite the numerous times I have prepared my children to return to school at the end of each summer, I can’t help but wonder if there is anything significant and meaningful that I need to do for my children before they return. While thinking about this I came upon this powerful poem about being a saint inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II.

bible-american-flag1As we are approaching July 4th, I believe it’s important to write a short blog on how to be a good citizen of the State, according to Catholic/Biblical standards.
First: “Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained from God” (Romans 13:1).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) quotes this verse of Sacred Scripture in order to advocate the fact that the authorities which exist have been instituted by God.

B & W Toolbox - free clipartWe know that when we face an obstacle, problem, or task, there is usually a tool to help us solve or complete the task quickly and efficiently. Choosing the right tool for the most important challenges is rarely easy or straightforward. This is especially true when facing spiritual challenges. Just like other tasks or obstacles, there are tools available, but sometimes they aren’t so obvious.

001-19o310pCorinthians 6:19-20 may be one of the hardest passages in the to live by and to teach to our children.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.”

 

This passage is one of the hardest to live by, for the old and young, for a few reasons….

stack460Kids across the country are out of school, and now we’re at the beginning of hot days, summer vacations, and of course, the proverbial summer reading lists. Here is a list of Catholic books it would be worthwhile looking into for youths and young adults in your life.

black and white sacred heartSacred Heart of Jesus. Growing up I did not know much about this feast, but over the years it has become one of my favorite feasts for many reasons.

First, Jesus promised in visions to St. Margaret Mary many blessings to those who practice devotion to His Sacred Heart including, but not limited to:

Tepid Souls shall become fervent.
– I will give peace in their families.
– I will give them all the graces necessary of their state of life.
– I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
– I will console them in all their troubles

ghirlandaio_visitationMay 31 is the feast day of the second Joyful mystery of the Holy Rosary, the Visitation.  When I reflect on the Visitation, I cannot help but move immediately to the Magnificat of Mary, Mary’s first recorded words after Elizabeth’s greeting.

Every time I read/sing this prayer something different sticks out to me. Recently, what has struck me the most is the way God works in the world…

happymarried2 I recently posted a blog called 30 Sayings for Fathers to Live By.  In that post I quoted John Wooden as saying:

“The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

This quote is especially appropriate as we approach Mother’s Day….

stjosephworker_003aSt. Joseph is not only the patron saint of the Universal Church and of fathers, but he is also the patron saint of workers. May 1st is the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker. The feast day “proper” of St. Joseph is March 19th. But in 1955 Pope Pius XII instituted a second feast day to honor St. Joseph under his role as Worker.

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