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Attention and the Distraction Addiction

There are two ways to go through life: Mindfully or mindlessly. In the first instance, we pay attention. We see things and notice them in order to appreciate them. We hear things in order to understand them. We seek to know things not superficially but in their wholeness. We live in the present moment and experience the world with wonder,...

The Measure of Success

Everyone who wants to be a failure, please raise your hand. That's what I thought. We all want to be good at what we do, to be competent and respected and admired. We even spend large amounts of money on things we don't need in order to show off just how successful we are. But we don't just like to be...

Six Ways to Live a Joyful Life from St. John Bosco

If there's one undeniable fact about human nature, it's that we all want to be happy. We crave joy---infinite, endless joy. The problem is, we often look for happiness in all the wrong places, leaving ourselves frustrated and miserable. The plethora of wildly popular self-help books shows that we are hungry for guidance on how to live well. One man found the secret...

Lose Yourself: Finding Freedom in Mary’s Risky Yes

Did she really say that? Did she really mean it? I keep turning back to Luke 1:38, “And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” I take a few minutes to present myself before God in silence. When my mind wanders, I return to the spirit of Mary’s words....

Jesus: The Joy That You Seek

"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness..." - St. John Paul II It is the feast of the Passover. Jerusalem is packed with thousands upon thousands of pilgrims from all over Israel, and in fact, all over the world. They come to celebrate God's deliverance of his people from oppression and slavery in Egypt. It is...

Beer, Sex, and the Quest for Happiness

What is the one desire you and I all share? What is the one thing we want above all else? Happiness. The desire to experience lasting happiness is universal. Almost everything we do as human beings can be traced back to our quest for it---and perhaps no one understands this better than those in the advertising industry. It is estimated...