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|

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, [...]

Does God Allow Souls in Purgatory to Visit the Living?

By |2019-11-04T01:18:47+00:00November 4th, 2019|

November is the month of All Souls. It is a yearly reminder of our obligation to pray for the souls who, as our doctrine teaches, are in a process of post-death purification. The souls in Purgatory have repented of their sins but haven’t yet atoned for them, and that is where we come in. As [...]

Healer of Sin and Division

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

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 [...]

New Week’s Resolutions: A Better Idea

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

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 [...]

How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

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

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 [...]

The Exorcistic Power of Latin in the Latin Church

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

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 [...]

That You May Bear Much Fruit

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

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 [...]

Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

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

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 [...]

A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

By |2018-04-07T22:13:44+00:00April 7th, 2018|

There are so many reasons to love Catholicism that I am faced with the proverbial embarrassment of riches when I speak of Catholicism’s beauty. Yet, there is one reason that overwhelms them all and binds them all together: her mystical character. The word “mystical,” in relation to Christ and His Church, means that the Spirit [...]

Life Hidden in Mystery

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

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 [...]