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Finding Joy in the Holiday Season with Faith and Grace


As we step into the holiday season, a time traditionally associated with joy and celebration, it's crucial to acknowledge that many individuals may be facing challenges. Family rifts, the absence of a loved one, or financial stress can cast a shadow over this otherwise festive time. Today we explore how keeping an active prayer life and cultivating a close relationship with God can be the guiding light to a fulfilling and joyous holiday season.

Embracing Faith in Family Challenges:

For those navigating family rifts or strained relationships, turning to faith can provide solace and guidance. Prayer becomes a tool for healing, forgiveness, and understanding. Seeking God's wisdom allows us to approach family dynamics with love and patience, fostering an environment of compassion and reconciliation.

Finding Comfort in Faith During Loss:

The holiday season can magnify the pain of losing a loved one. Instead of succumbing to grief, turning to prayer can offer comfort and hope. Remembering and cherishing the beautiful moments shared with the departed loved one, and entrusting them to God, can bring a sense of peace and serenity.

Easing Financial Stress through Faith:

Financial strain can be a significant source of stress during the holidays. Rather than letting financial worries overshadow the season's spirit, prayer can be a powerful tool for seeking guidance, wisdom, and opportunities for assistance. Trusting in God's provision can alleviate anxiety and open our hearts to the generosity of others.

Cultivating Gratitude in Prayer:

Amidst the challenges, fostering a spirit of gratitude in our prayers can transform our perspective. Taking time each day to express thanks for the blessings—big or small—can uplift the spirit and redirect our focus toward the positive aspects of life.

Strengthening the Spiritual Connection:

Maintaining an active prayer life and strengthening our connection with God during the holiday season is a transformative practice. Attend spiritual gatherings, engage in reflective prayer, and immerse yourself in the rich traditions that celebrate the true meaning of the season.


In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, keeping our spirits high amidst challenges requires a conscious effort to turn to our faith. Through prayer, we find solace, guidance, and the strength to overcome difficulties. Let this holiday season be a time of profound spiritual connection, gratitude, and a deepening relationship with God. As we navigate the highs and lows, may our faith be the beacon that leads us to the joy, peace, and love that characterize this sacred time of year

Be Focused… Be Fresh… and Be Fresh!

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I’m Lori Balderas, I created this podcast for those who are converting, reverting or simply want a FRESH perspective of the Catholic faith to help them to open their hearts and minds to become closer to the love and goodness of Christ.

I converted to Catholicism at the age of 49.  It was, by far, the best decision I’ve ever made! I don’t claim to be an expert or Theologian, but what I DO know is that my heart is bursting with love for the Lord and I want others to feel the same way!  

I feel impassioned and drawn to Evangelize people by sharing my experiences and transformation that have gotten me where I am today.

I will be sharing my personal conversion story and speaking with others about theirs.

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