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!
How Does It Work?
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.
Peter Gohn is the Managing Editor of Good Catholic and one of its writers. A proud Irish Catholic and Massachusetts native, he studied History and Theology at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. He then spent several years teaching at Christ the King Catholic High School near Charlotte, North Carolina, while also working as a freelance editor. He joined The Catholic Company in 2017 and became a key member of the Good Catholic project soon after it was launched. When not writing, Peter is likely to be found re-reading his many books, playing his piano, or watching Boston sports. His deep love of ancient and medieval history lends itself to unpacking the many rich traditions of our Catholic faith. He and his wife currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Father Joseph Matlak
Father Joseph Matlak serves as Administrator of St. Basil the Great Eastern Catholic Parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, and as Chaplain of Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. He was born in Dunstable, England. His undergraduate studies in Ancient History at King’s College London led him to focus on the history and theology of Byzantium. He completed priestly formation for the Eparchy of St. Josaphat at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2015 at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. Fr. Matlak has a unique priesthood in that he has faculties to celebrate Holy Mass according to the Roman Rite, as well as the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite. This has imbued him with a deep appreciation for the catholicity of the Church. Among other things, he enjoys traveling, film, theater, music, and history.