Motivation

Give me thy grace, good Lord, to know my own wretchedness, to humble myself under your mighty hand, to bewail my sins, to patiently suffer adversity, to gladly bear my purgatory here, to be joyful in tribulations, to walk the narrow way that leads to you, to foresee and consider always the everlasting fire of hell and to pray for pardon before the judge cometh.
~St. Thomas More

Athanasius the Exile

By |2016-05-02T00:14:58+00:00May 2nd, 2016|

Feast Day of St. Athanasius: May 2 An extremely bright light and fiery character of the early church was the 4th century Bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, St. Athanasius (AD 296-373). What a champion he was. He almost singlehandedly stood as a pillar of iron and a wall of brass against the very influential churchmen of [...]

The Priest and the Sinner in Extremis

By |2016-04-02T00:39:11+00:00April 2nd, 2016|

In the 1920s automobiles were a relatively new and expensive technology but my grandfather owned one because he was a mechanic. That made him the “go-to” guy for his parish priest who didn’t own one. From time to time his pastor, a Belgian priest named Fr. Seion, would call my grandfather late at night to [...]

Trifling with Angels

By |2016-03-03T00:36:03+00:00March 3rd, 2016|

The reason we need powers of discernment is because the world is awash with spiritual charlatans, deceivers, and even well-meaning people who get drawn into the seductions of immensely powerful angelic minds. St. Paul says that these people are “following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the [...]

Jesus, Author of Life

By |2016-01-22T23:28:07+00:00January 22nd, 2016|

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life. All together, we must build a new culture of life. (Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, 1995.) In Chapter 3 of the Acts of [...]

New Week’s Resolutions

By |2016-01-18T00:55:41+00:00January 18th, 2016|

By Peter Darcy My New Year’s resolution is to make no more New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to stick with “new week’s” resolutions from here on out. Why is that? Well, to begin with, God gave us the seven day week as our primary time marker. Yes, I know, God is also the Author of [...]

The Messenger of the End of Time

By |2015-10-06T00:21:47+00:00October 6th, 2015|

The Book of Revelation contains some of the most ravishing images of angels in the entire testimony of the Christian Church. Of the thousands of angels that appear in the final book of the Bible, the Messenger of the End of Time is one of the most riveting. I urge the reader to take some [...]

The Three Flames of Divine Love

By |2015-09-29T19:59:01+00:00September 29th, 2015|

Every year on the 29th of September the Church commemorates the three angels whose names have been revealed to us in Scripture for our consolation: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. There is a fourth angel whose name is also revealed, Lucifer, but for a different reason: to warn us clearly about all his works and empty [...]

Angelic Testing

By |2015-09-03T00:20:16+00:00September 3rd, 2015|

We cannot fully know the exact content of the test that was given to the angels on the day they were created, but many bright minds have come up with some plausible theories about it over the centuries. As free beings, angels had to undergo a test of moral character, in order to prove whether [...]

Five Antidotes for Presumption

By |2015-03-14T00:00:28+00:00March 14th, 2015|

One of the most withering indictments our Lord meted out to the religious leaders of His day was a simple phrase that dismantled their exalted self-image. When presented with a legalistic challenge concerning the hypothetical case of a woman who had married seven husbands, He took those perversely proud men down a peg by telling [...]

Don’t Waste Lent

By |2015-02-11T00:53:31+00:00February 11th, 2015|

Soon it will be Ash Wednesday – it’s hard to believe that Lent is here already! In order to derive the maximum spiritual benefit out of this season of preparation, we need a firm intention to live it fruitfully. But we also need to be smart about it. Here are a few tricks of the [...]