Spirituality

You cannot be half a saint! You must be a whole saint or not a saint at at all!
~St Therese of Lisieux

Saint Joseph the Worker          

By |2020-05-01T00:35:15+00:00May 1st, 2020|Recent, Spirituality|

St. Joseph is the friend and ally of all believers: he is the patriarch of God’s holy people, the saint of workers, and the patron of the Universal Church. We owe much to his constant patronage. Only in heaven will we really see how fully the silent saint has interceded for our welfare. Above all, [...]

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Healer of Sin and Division

By |2019-01-22T22:50:38+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Our Lady, Spirituality|

The Blessed Virgin Mary, known in her litany as Queen of Peace, Mother of Mercy, Comfort of the Afflicted, among other titles, looks down upon the whole world from Heaven and sees the tremendous suffering and divisions of the human race. She is not indifferent to them but, through the power of Christ, helps to [...]

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New Week’s Resolutions: A Better Idea

By |2019-01-07T23:06:57+00:00January 7th, 2019|Motivation, Recent, Spirituality|

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. New Year’s resolutions just don’t seem to work for me. Making resolutions by the week rather than by the month or year is really the best way to be more productive [...]

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How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

By |2018-12-05T19:10:16+00:00December 5th, 2018|Our Lady, Spirituality|

Need a challenge for Advent? How about memorizing the Litany of Loreto? Since the 16th Century the faithful have prayed this exquisitely beautiful litany in honor of Our Lady that lays out many of the titles of Mary evident in Catholic doctrine and devotion. This Litany, named for its origin in Loreto, Italy, is a [...]

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The Exorcistic Power of Latin in the Latin Church

By |2018-09-02T22:41:56+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Church, Recent, Spirituality|

A thousand causative factors have led to the present clerical abuse crisis in the Church. But I believe there is one contributing spiritual factor that holds a critical place in the rise of the clerical problem: the absence of Latin in the Latin Church. This spiritual factor is causative in a way that all spiritual [...]

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That You May Bear Much Fruit

By |2018-06-01T15:17:06+00:00June 1st, 2018|Inspiration, Spirituality|

Most everyone knows what it means to bear fruit in the natural sense of bringing children into the world, or in the financial sense of making an investment profitable. But what does it really mean to bear fruit for the Kingdom? During the Easter Season, the Church’s liturgy drew a great deal of wisdom from [...]

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Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

By |2018-05-10T15:22:28+00:00May 10th, 2018|Our Lady, Spirituality|

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II [...]

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Life Hidden in Mystery

By |2018-03-07T22:24:02+00:00March 7th, 2018|Inspiration, Spirituality|

The Catholic religion is full of mystery — the mystery of God. This mystery is not a human puzzle that a Sherlock Holmes can “solve” by the force of brilliant deductions. Nor is it the type of enigma that can be understood only by an intellectual elite. The ancient world was full of “mystery religions” of [...]

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Five Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

By |2020-10-20T18:53:51+00:00February 6th, 2018|Christ, Spirituality|

A pronounced feature of the countryside surrounding the beautiful city of Cali, Columbia is a set of three crosses perched atop the mountains to the east. But no one can recall who put them up there, or when. The locals call them simply “Las Tres Cruces” (the Three Crosses). They believe, somewhat superstitiously, that the [...]

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Advent Lessons From an Old Testament Priest

By |2017-12-08T22:59:45+00:00December 8th, 2017|Angels, Motivation, Spirituality|

The Scriptures in Advent present us with a number of excellent role models of faith, but the father of John the Baptist is not one of them. Zechariah, a priest of the Law of Moses, serves rather as a negative example, at least at the beginning of his intriguing story. The account of how he [...]

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A Dozen Simons, One Peter

By |2017-10-30T20:14:06+00:00October 30th, 2017|Church, Inspiration, Recent, Spirituality|

Some years ago I walked into a Christian bookstore and a fascinating poster caught my eye. From a distance, it looked like an image of the holy face of Jesus, but as I drew closer I could see that the face was actually a composite of tiny faces that made up the contours and complexion [...]

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