This podcast is an excerpt from the book The Will to Win. It is a battle call to all American boys and girls…a battle to strengthen the will, our greatest possession!

(I had fun using our Fourth of July photos for the Youtube podcast. I also have the audio available underneath the video, for those who prefer.)

by Fr. E Boyd Barrett, 1917

“I have tried to show you , that you cannot become good and strong men and women, that is, men and women of character, unless you have Will-power, and further that you will be of little or no use to your country if you are weak-willed. It has been well said that ‘the only way to be a patriotic American is to do your best to become a perfect man.’ and a perfect man you will not be unless your Will is strong….”




❤️💙!🇺🇸 Mothers, know how very special you are. You are the essence, the heart of your home. Your smile lightens the burdens, your words brighten the hearts of those who will be part of your festivities. We, as mothers, are privileged to have such an important part in the making of our homes! May your day be filled with grace and love!❤️💙

There are many little things that happen in everyday life that we can be thankful for.
Oftentimes, though, we lose our focus, and, alas, we tend to focus on the negative….which, in turn, encourages that black cloud from following us around during the day.
We can change that! Does it take some effort? You bet! But what a reward for our work!
Our attitude changes our life…it’s that simple. Our good attitude greatly affects those that we love, making our homes a more cheerier and peaceful dwelling! To have this control…to be able to turn around our attitude is a tremendous thing to think about!
This Gratitude Journal is here to help you focus on the good, the beautiful, the praiseworthy. “For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 – Douay Rheims).
Yes, we need to be thinking of these things throughout the day!
You will be disciplined, the next 30 days, to write positive, thankful thoughts down in this journal. You will be thinking about good memories, special moments, things and people you are grateful for, lovely and thought-provoking Catholic quotes, thoughts before bedtime, etc. Saying it, reading it, writing it, all helps to ingrain thankfulness into our hearts…and Our Lord so loves gratefulness! It makes us happier, too!

Available here.




Two Titles by Father Barrett:

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