Nunc Coepi: Now I Begin

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Start fresh each day in your life with God.

So often we feel like we aren’t making the progress we want in our spiritual life—we think, “I’m praying the same way, sinning the same way, and not much seems to change.” Or we don’t pray like we should, and we keep putting off our deeper “Yes” to God until tomorrow. We might tell ourselves that we’ll make a new beginning “when circumstances are different, or when the right time comes.” In the meantime, we coast along the same old path.

But the Lord doesn’t want us to be discouraged by our lack of progress. He constantly calls us to start fresh! He wants nothing more than to wash away the sins of our past, and to have us entrust our present and future to His Providence. He wants us to say “Yes” to Him today, and to experience the joy and peace He has in store for us.

All that remains is to begin again, to start fresh, today and every day.

Nunc Coepi: Motto of the Saints

The phrase “nunc coepi,” (noonk cheh’-pee) which means “now I begin,” perfectly encapsulates the call to a new life in Christ. These simple words hold the secret to consistent progress in the spiritual life. St. Francis of Assisi, St. Josemaría Escrivá, and Venerable Bruno Lanteri all show us the way to Christ through a ready willingness to start over.

That’s why we created this free series: Nunc Coepi: Now I Begin. We’ll help you learn how to start over and how to develop a mindset of constant growth in holiness. We’ll go over some of the things that prevent you from starting over in the spiritual life, including discouragement, pride, lukewarmness, shame, and lack of self-knowledge.

As St. Bernard of Clairvaux told us: “A saint is not someone who never sins, but one who sins less and less frequently and gets up more and more quickly.”

Why Join This Series?

Nunc Coepi is a FREE 7-day online devotional course designed to help you begin again in your spiritual life, now and in the future. We will walk you through some of the common pitfalls that prevent us from starting afresh every day and give tips on how to avoid them.

Follow the words of St. Paul: “Put away the old self of your former way of life…and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth” (Ephesians 4:22-24). Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. Listen to Christ’s call to begin again and say with the saints: Nunc coepi!

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For each of the 7 days of this series you will receive an email linking you to new daily content posted right here at GoodCatholic.com. You’ll also have access to all 7 sessions immediately, if you’d like to go at your own pace. You can repeat the series as often as you wish for one full year. Don’t wait! Subscribe today.

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- Patricia W.

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I am enjoying the series. It is a great way to begin the year and challenge myself to take my faith life up a level.

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I love the daily rosaries! The voices of the woman that prays the rosary as well as the other women are beautiful and refreshing to me! I do an audio rosary on most mornings and Ive been enjoying the rosary from your series!

- Michelle E.

I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your series “Nunc Coepi”. There wasn’t one part I liked over another as I felt each part complimented the other, built on one another. The series fit perfectly into my life as the new year began–uncanny how the topics were topics I felt I needed to focus on more this year. Thank you for offering it.

- Debbie V.