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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 […]

Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

May 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

There is a long-debated bone of contention between various members of the Body of Christ about liturgical abuses in the Church.  Not only are there divergent thoughts about the ordinary and extraordinary forms of Mass, the Spirit of Vatican II gave rise to divisive liturgical experiments. Every alteration, every renovation, had a captive audience back […]

Christians Are Restored Partakers of Divine Nature

May 24, AD2018 0 Comments
Christians Are Restored Partakers of Divine Nature

How many Catholics really grasp the fact that Christians are partakers of divine nature? How many of us actually participate daily in God’s divine nature? In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn that the Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (CCC 460). The CCC quotes from the second letter […]

To the People of Ireland and the World

May 24, AD2018 0 Comments
To the People of Ireland and the World

On May 25, 2018, a referendum will be held in Ireland on whether to repeal or retain the constitutional ban on abortion. How the Irish decide to vote it is of unutterable importance to all of us because the results of Friday’s election will have a ripple effect all over the world. To the People of […]

Hell: Some Thoughts for the Scrupulous

May 23, AD2018 0 Comments
Hell: Some Thoughts for the Scrupulous

If I had to pick one thing I don’t love about being Catholic, the proof for the existence of Hell would be one of the top contenders. I can only speak for me, but it might seem pretty scary to think that every soul who doesn’t go to Heaven will be in absolute unimaginable agony […]

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 […]

Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Put Your Chips Down, Bet The House, and Trust in God

To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist. (Cardinal Emmanuel Célestin Suhard) Free-soloing Alex Honnold, 32, began climbing when he […]

Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

On April 15, 2018, my first nephew was born. Though the birth of a new baby is always a precious occasion, the birth of my nephew was especially meaningful. After nine long months of waiting, this precious boy was finally here, resting peacefully in my arms. He was everything I could ever dream of, wrapped […]

The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

May 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hypocrite and the Sinner: Not Twins

The Struggle Is Real William Gurnall once stated, “While the Christian commits a sin he hates it; whereas the hypocrite loves it while he forbears it.” We have all felt the frustration of falling into sin the same day as attending Mass or praying.  The truth is that we all play many positive and not […]

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. […]