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The Confiteor and the Three Forms of the Apostolate: Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

June 15, AD2018 0 Comments
The Confiteor and the Three Forms of the Apostolate: Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Three Forms of the Apostolate The Confiteor of the Mass outlines three areas of sin: “I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed; in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, […]

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Like Athletes, We Must Become Fit for Faith Part ll

June 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Like Athletes, We Must Become Fit for Faith Part ll

In my last article, I introduced you to Franz Stampfl, my athletics coach when I was a boy. When transposed from the sporting life to the spiritual life his teaching taught me more about how to progress spiritually than any spiritual director whom I have ever known. I make no apology therefore for introducing you […]

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Mary through the Holy Rosary Defeats Satan

June 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary through the Holy Rosary Defeats Satan

It seems as though the devil has taken control of our world lately. Politicians are whole-heartedly embracing abortion, homosexual marriage, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, marijuana sales, gambling, euthanasia, etc., as though these things are somehow normal, right, and good, instead of monstrous evils. Politicians are trading the hereafter for the here and now […]

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Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

June 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

There’s probably a good chance there are others, like me, who get bogged down in their everyday attempts to pray. But not giving up on prayer when the going gets tough is the only real solution to overcoming dryness in prayer. Everyone who prays regularly probably goes through dry periods in their prayer life. I […]

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Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

June 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Get Fit to Let God into Your Life Part 1

I was so sorry to hear that my boyhood hero died recently. His name was Roger Bannister, or Sir Roger Bannister as he became later. I had seen him run several times, but sadly I wasn’t present to see him break the record by becoming the first man to run a mile in under four […]

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Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

May 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Pope Francis on How Contemplation Leads to Action

Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, Gaudate et exsultate, on holiness in the modern world, initially seems to privilege charitable action over prayer and contemplation, saying that it is “not healthy to love silence while fleeing interaction with others, to want peace and quiet while avoiding activity, to seek prayer while disdaining service” (26). A reading […]

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Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

May 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Love- For If the Heart Doesn’t Pray,The Tongue Labours in Vain

Many years ago, I attended a retreat given by Fr Michael Hollings, who was in great demand as a fearless and outspoken preacher. The retreat was for religious from many different orders. After joining the community for the communal recitation of the divine office, Fr Hollings began his first lecture with a tirade that reminded […]

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Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Discernment of Our Thoughts and Prayers

The other night, I woke to a phone call around midnight and then I couldn’t get back to sleep. This could have been due to the humidity, which isn’t yet bad enough to warrant turning on the A/C unit, but is to the point where even having several fans going doesn’t really make a dent. […]

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Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

May 10, AD2018 2 Comments
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,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II […]

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Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

May 10, AD2018 6 Comments
Enter Into Christ’s Mystical Body; Let God Take Control

Just over five hundred years ago, in 1509, Henry VIII became King of England and it was because of him that Protestantism was introduced into England.  In that same year, John Colet, son of the Lord Mayor of London introduced stoicism into the St Paul’s school that he founded, which became a paradigm for the […]

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Do You Love Me More Than These?

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Do You Love Me More Than These?

Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times. He broke down and wept. ( Mark 14: 72) This verse from the Passion narrative of St. Mark’s Gospel reminds us of God’s rich mercy.  In that short passage, we understand how Jesus is […]

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An Easter Retreat in the Mountains

May 4, AD2018 0 Comments
An Easter Retreat in the Mountains

Over the Easter weekend, my family and I traveled to a local mountain resort to get away from the city.   We also thought it would be the perfect setting to celebrate Easter. The weather cooperated, but this is Southern California so it usually does.  The road up to the resort allowed us to take in […]

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It Also Took a Fiat From Joseph, Not Just From Mary

May 3, AD2018 15 Comments
It Also Took a Fiat From Joseph, Not Just From Mary

Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your […]

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Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

May 1, AD2018 4 Comments
Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

People, from infants to the elderly, thrive spiritually when they have enough free time to relax, create, and pray. We all need unscheduled time, time to be bored in a positive sense because boredom can the birthplace of authentic spirituality and creativity. Self- obsessed business is often a superficial way of trying to obtain a […]

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The Life of a Gardener: Prayer and St. Teresa of Avila

The Life of a Gardener: Prayer and St. Teresa of Avila

This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.  Of its own accord, the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then […]

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How to Receive God’s Love In the Present Moment

April 26, AD2018 0 Comments
How to Receive God’s Love In the Present Moment

Some events and some experiences are so awesome that we find it difficult to capture them in words. The first Christians, for instance, found the Resurrection so utterly amazing that words failed them. Only the sun in all its splendour seemed an appropriate symbol to express the inexpressible world-shaking event that took place on the […]

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Find Comfort in Christ: Take Off Your Shoes of Sin

April 24, AD2018 2 Comments
Find Comfort in Christ: Take Off Your Shoes of Sin

St. Teresa of Avila once stated, “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.”  Shoes, Comfort, Sin, and Appearances I recently saw a woman wobbling down the street and having great difficulty walking. The other woman she was with kept pointing to this woman’s […]

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Take My Heart Away

April 15, AD2018 5 Comments
Take My Heart Away

In 1992, my husband and I told my parents we were expecting an addition to the family. They responded with excitement. Mom expressed how happy she was that I was going to experience the joy of being a mother. Her words revealed much about herself, and the joy in her heart. It was a beautiful […]

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The Hidden Years, Common Sense, and Renewal Rooted in Prayer

April 13, AD2018 1 Comment
The Hidden Years, Common Sense, and Renewal Rooted in Prayer

Pious Fantasies I couldn’t fault my doctor when I went for a private consultation, but in his own home, he seemed to have left his common sense in the surgery when he discussed his on his own pet enthusiasm. He was fascinated by visionaries and their private revelations and seemed to assume that most religious […]

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Jesus Was Troubled

April 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Jesus Was Troubled

Several places in Scripture tell us that Jesus was troubled or worried, or experienced grief. John 11:33: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. . . . John 11:35: Jesus wept. John 13:21: After he had said this, Jesus […]

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A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

April 7, AD2018 5 Comments
A Mystical Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

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 […]

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Confessions From the Adoration Chapel

April 5, AD2018 4 Comments
Confessions From the Adoration Chapel

Our family has had an Adoration hour at seven pm on Saturday nights for the past twelve years. We picked this time because it’s on a weekend which is hard to fill. Since we are home-bodies and don’t go out often on the weekend. it is a good time for us. It has been a […]

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Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

My sister Mary has dementia. I have been caring for her for about four years now. Dementia is an affliction that is difficult to deal with and it’s even more difficult to get used to. I live with Mary in the house we inherited from our father. Neither she nor I have ever been married […]

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Discipleship and Union with Christ:  A Carmelite Insight

Discipleship and Union with Christ:  A Carmelite Insight

Discipleship within The Carmelite Rule The Rule of St. Albert of Jerusalem, also called The Carmelite Rule, speaks about religious life being a call to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ with a pure heart and stout conscience (Rule #2).  The Carmelite sees that the life of discipleship is made possible by allegiance made manifested […]

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