Catholic Health and Wellness

Catholic Health and Wellness

(We welcome guest blogger Cheryl Dickow, whose upcoming book with Teresa Tomeo will be published by Servant Books in 2012.)

The Path to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions

I don’t get that.

It seems to me that good intentions ought to be worth more than a ticket to hell. Having said that, I definitely get that the good intentions I have for any number of things can often be a hellish path. Exercise comes immediately to mind. As does dieting and just keeping fit and well at fifty-three years old. I am filled with good intentions, but turning those passive good intentions into successful achievements is another story.

I suppose this also falls under the scriptural category of “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (see Matthew 26:41). So maybe the whole path-to-hell-is-paved-with-good-intentions makes more sense than I am willing to admit. Either way, I have come to realize that while the initial good intention is a necessary first step to health and wellness, a viable course of action must accompany it—preferably something not too painful, boring, or time-consuming.

My goal this year has been to find the right-for-me, realistic balance of health and wellness while accommodating the real demands on my life as a wife, mother, author, and speaker—all the while making my spiritual life a top priority. I know, I know—I don’t want much, right?

With the New Year fast approaching, many people will begin making resolutions with good intentions. To help turn those good intentions into reality—and not become a path to hell—I want to share a valuable resource that truly address the wholeness and holiness we all seek.

Kate Wicker is a delightful young mom whose writing I have always enjoyed. She has a nice balance of wit and reality—of reverence and candor. Kate has a new book out entitled Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body from Servant Books. Weightless is the sort of book that should be on every woman’s nightstand. And I don’t say that lightly (pun intended); I promise there are passages in it that will be highlighted and will be returned to frequently!

I absolutely love what Kate wrote about why we exercise; her insight and wisdom here is worth the price of the book. I also found her encouragement to see ourselves through the eyes of our family as truly words we ought to take to heart. They jumped off the page at me. Weightless combines just enough real-world statistics with Scripture to make it the ideal sort of book to be a background to whatever health and wellness you seek as a Catholic. This is why it’s first on my list of resources: it’s a book that women should give themselves and give their friends.

Some other resources I recommend:

  • The Rosary Workout by Peggy Bowes
  • Fit for Eternal Life by Kevin Vost
  • Catholic Workout by Michael Carrera (book and DVD)

Wherever the Holy Spirit is taking you in terms of your physical and spiritual journey, I am sure that you will be greatly blessed by any—or all—of these resources so that your good intentions become actions. You will be more fully equipped, with knowledge obtained through their passions and expertise, to better serve God who created you. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to share your successes or any other resources you’ve found helpful.


Cheryl Dickow is a Catholic wife, mother, author, and speaker. She has a master’s degree in education and taught in a parochial middle school for many years before pursuing a career in publishing. Her books include Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage, Our Jewish Roots, and Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…What Is Beauty, After All? She is writing a book with Teresa Tomeo, which will be published by Servant Books in 2012. Her website is




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