Spirituality

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

An Unexpected Refresher Course on the Sacraments

It was a bit shocking to read recently about the Detroit priest who discovered, three years after ordination, that he had never been validly baptized.  The invalid baptism meant he was not a priest. As [...]

By |2021-03-14T17:09:22+00:00November 20th, 2020|Comments Off on An Unexpected Refresher Course on the Sacraments

Healer of Sin and Division

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 [...]

By |2019-01-22T22:50:38+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Healer of Sin and Division

New Week’s Resolutions: A Better Idea

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 [...]

By |2021-03-14T17:14:12+00:00January 7th, 2019|Comments Off on New Week’s Resolutions: A Better Idea

How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

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 [...]

By |2018-12-05T19:10:16+00:00December 5th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

That You May Bear Much Fruit

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 [...]

By |2018-06-01T15:17:06+00:00June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on That You May Bear Much Fruit

Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

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,” [...]

By |2018-05-10T15:22:28+00:00May 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

Life Hidden in Mystery

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 [...]

By |2018-03-07T22:24:02+00:00March 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Life Hidden in Mystery

Five Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

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 [...]

By |2020-10-20T18:53:51+00:00February 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Five Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

Advent Lessons From an Old Testament Priest

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, [...]

By |2017-12-08T22:59:45+00:00December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Advent Lessons From an Old Testament Priest

A Dozen Simons, One Peter

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 [...]

By |2021-03-14T17:15:06+00:00October 30th, 2017|Comments Off on A Dozen Simons, One Peter

Angels – Mysterious Guardians of Body and Soul

Angels may have different meanings to different people, but I can assure you that they are not little chubby babies with wings. Neither are they lifeless doctrines or pious maternal presence that keep little children [...]

By |2017-10-07T18:10:29+00:00October 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Angels – Mysterious Guardians of Body and Soul

Athanasius the Exile

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. [...]

By |2016-05-02T00:14:58+00:00May 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Athanasius the Exile
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