November 20, 2019
The advertising industry was created to make you discontent so you will want to buy whatever they are selling. Ads encourage you to focus so hard on what you want and what you DON’T have, that you often fail to appreciate what you DO have.
Develop an attitude of gratitude by learning the virtue of contentment. It all starts with recognizing the blessings we already have and being thankful for them. Join us as we share ideas for appreciating what we have and learning to be content.
The Compass Catholic blog has more ideas about ways to be content and grateful for the blessings God has given you.
October 9, 2019
It is so easy to separate our faith from our finances and think of them as two entirely separate unrelated things. But often times when we get into debt there is a spiritual void we are trying to fill by buying things we can’t afford.
Financial challenges can be a hidden monster in many families and marriages. By shining the light of faith into that dark corner, we can tackle and tame the debt monster and learn that every area of our life, including how we handle money, has a spiritual impact.
The Compass Catholic blog has more about the spiritual impact of debt.
September 18, 2019
Christmas can be a time of discontent as we try to keep up with what everyone around us is doing or expects us to do. If Christmas exhausts you financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually, learn the virtue of contentment from Philippians 4:11-13.
If spending less, buying fewer gifts and cutting back on activities will help you be content instead of exhausted at Christmas – go for it! Christmas only comes once a year, so do more of what makes you and the rest of your immediate family happy and less of what causes stress and discontent.
Check out the Compass Catholic blog for more on being content at Christmas.
July 31, 2019
When you think about giving, are you focused on the minimum or the maximum? It is easy to think giving is based on some exact number that will satisfy our obligation, yet true generosity comes joyfully out of a heart filled with love.
By developing a giving plan, you can reconcile the natural tension between meeting a minimum obligation and the response to a generous God who has given us everything.
The Compass Catholic blog has more on developing a giving plan.
June 5, 2019
A large part of mastering your money is based on giving it place in your life it deserves, and it’s not first place. Everything in our culture influences us to think that more is better, especially when it comes to money. Yes, more money may ease the financial pressure for a while, but it will never provide lasting happiness.
Master your money by learning to be a good steward of God’s many blessings, including the way you give, save and spend.
Read the Compass blog to learn more about how to master your money.
May 29, 2019
Scientific evidence suggests that being content may have major benefits for your health. For starters, it helps combat stress, boosts your immune system, protects your heart and reduces pain. What's more, it may even increase your life expectancy.
What does it mean to be a contented person? Happiness is a temporary "high,"whereas contentment is a longer lasting, deeper feeling of satisfaction and gratitude for everything in your life.
Read the Compass blog for more on learning to be content.
March 13, 2019
When people retire, many times the goal is to simply stop working. As our lifespan increases, retirement can be a time of great fulfillment by planning well in the following areas:
- Talk to your spouse to develop a joint plan for retirement.
- Use a budget before retiring to manage your income and spending in retirement.
- Ditch the debt so you can be debt free when you retire.
- Find a passion to use your talents and skills in serving others.
Retirement can be the most fulfilling time of your life if you plan to make it so.
The Compass Catholic blog has more thoughts on retiring well.
Check out our retirement calculators as part of your planning process.
March 6, 2019
We would all be a lot happier if we defined financial success based on our own life, resources, capabilities and progress. Judging your circumstances against other people can be disheartening. All God is calling you to do is be a faithful steward of the blessings he has given to you, with no regard to what the next person is doing
The Compass Catholic blog has more on defining financial success for yourself.
Based on a listener's question, here are the percentage guidelines for various budget categories. The link will download a spreadsheet to your computer. Use this as a starting point and customize it to fit your life.
December 26, 2018
How much money do you need to feel wealthy? Is money the key to a wealthy lifestyle, or is there more to it than simply accumulating more and more? Join us as we discuss a Charles Schwab survey about wealth in America. Our blog has more on the topic. Interestingly, the survey results indicate money has nothing to do with feeling wealthy.
December 19, 2018
Christmas Day is fast approaching. Don’t get so caught up in the busyness that you forget what the day is all about. Join us for thoughts on how to make conscious plans for a Christmas day you will enjoy. The Compass Catholic blog has more suggestions on this topic.