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The Carmelite Cell: A Place of Prayer for All

January 26, AD2018 0 Comments
The Carmelite Cell:  A Place of Prayer for All

A unique and interesting aspect of Carmelite spirituality and prayer is that we do not look to a founder as a guide but to a place. What do I mean? The other great mendicant orders, like the Augustinians, Dominicans, and Franciscans, look at a founder as their lens for approaching Jesus and the spiritual life He […]

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Moving Toward True Peace

January 19, AD2018 0 Comments
Moving Toward True Peace

Life is just a speck in time, it passes us by so quickly. There is a beginning and there is an end, but it is what we do with the time in-between that really matters. It is this time that the Lord has given us to learn what is most important: love. And it is […]

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Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

January 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

Can You Hear Me, God? Can you hear me, God? I have a strong faith. I know He always hears me, yet my prayers do not always get answered the way I want them answered. And when they consistently don’t, I get bouts of being fed up and annoyed with the Big Guy. Then remorse for […]

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40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

January 8, AD2018 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

During the 40 Days for Life efforts over the years, our Knights of Columbus Council provides 24-hour shifts outside an abortion clinic where we say Rosaries and other prayers for a continuing 24-hour vigil during the 40 days. This year, as is usually the case, I pulled an early morning hour shift (4:00 am). Being […]

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A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
A Devotional: Dealing with Difficult People

 “There are difficult moments in life, but with hope the soul goes forward and looks ahead to what awaits     us.” – Pope Francis  When we are happy and feel accepted and loved, life often feels positive. When we feel alone, rejected and insecure, life feels challenging. Faith is not about feelings; we always have to […]

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Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

January 5, AD2018 6 Comments
Are You Praying or Simply Reciting Prayers?

  As someone who is in the process of converting to the Catholic Church, the prayers of the saints have been something I’ve cherished. Although I have yet to receive communion, the Church has been a part of my life since attending private Catholic schools as an adolescent. Throughout the previous five years, the prayers […]

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The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

I am celebrating my first Christmas as a Priest this year. I was ordained back in August by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. As I am working on homilies for the week leading up to Christmas and my Christmas Day homily, I just find myself approaching the infancy narrative texts in new ways. As […]

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Holiness is Not About Being Nice

January 3, AD2018 2 Comments
Holiness is Not About Being Nice

I used to think I had reached the peak of holiness in my life. I went to mass, confession and prayed somewhat regularly. I had studied theology and dedicated myself to a youth group and ministry. What could be holier than that? Then I started going to confession more regularly with a spiritual director and […]

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The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

December 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

The “Hail Mary” is one of the most beautiful prayers in the world. It combines the words of the Archangel Gabriel (who is a messenger from God), the words of St. Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in her womb), and ends with a very […]

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Social Media Takes on Prayer: Why We Pray and Act

December 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Social Media Takes on Prayer: Why We Pray and Act

  We have all been flooded by posts on social media telling us to pray for Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other areas hit by disaster. I was surprised by the ones I got from secular and liberal acquaintances and friends, who suddenly seemed to believe that it was worth praying, or, at least worth posting […]

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Opening Your Heart to Faith

December 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Opening Your Heart to Faith

We receive the virtue of faith at Baptism, and that faith empowers us to believe in the unseen God. It is the virtue of faith that propels us toward the Father and into the heart of the Son, through the Holy Spirit. We hold no power in and of ourselves. It is only through faith in […]

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Detached: Cutting the Threads That Hold Us Back from God

December 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Detached: Cutting the Threads That Hold Us Back from God

Can I be detached from the things of this world? Can I love God first and foremost, and be detached from anything that gets in the way of my loving Him? Do I truly and really want only His will in my life? These questions pose significant challenges for us (at least they have for […]

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Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

December 13, AD2017 22 Comments
Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

Even when Pope Francis agrees with the CCC he gets criticized. In case you haven’t heard there is a new  ‘Pope Francis controversy.’  The controversy has to do with the translation of the sixth petition of the Our Father – “Lead us not into temptation.” Here’s the background. Four years ago (2013) the French bishops made a […]

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How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

December 9, AD2017 3 Comments
How Much Manna Are You Gathering?

For those who are new to the Catholic Church, as well as those who’ve been a part for decades, there are many mysteries of our faith we are unable to understand. This is especially true for me. I am currently going through RCIA classes for the third time. I decided the Church wasn’t for me […]

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Sexual Scandal and Sin, Rejecting The Gifts of God

December 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Sexual Scandal and Sin, Rejecting The Gifts of God

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30 My friend called me the other day. She had gotten into her car to take her children to school. Her husband […]

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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

November 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

When John the Baptist’s disciples are disturbed that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing people and Christ is increasing in importance, they come to their master to complain. John then reveals his role in salvation history. “He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at […]

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Let Prayer Be Your Air

October 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Let Prayer Be Your Air

I saw you rolling your eyes just now upon seeing the above title, but I want you to work with me for a moment. I realize that whether or not words rhyme is simply an accident of language, but perhaps we can use this happy accident to grow closer to God. The Myth of Compartmentalized […]

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Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

October 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Poor in Spirit or a Poverty Spirit

The name of a single fictional character captures the image of what most people consider the epitome of greed- Scrooge! Ebenezer Scrooge, the central character of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, showcases this sin in exquisite detail and depth.  Scrooge exhibits all the outward signs of greed we commonly think of: gaining at the expense […]

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What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

October 22, AD2017 2 Comments
What Happens When We Don’t Pray?

“In prayer you become one with the source of our true light – Jesus Himself.” Pope Saint John Paul II I never had much of an intentional prayer life outside of the rosary until this year, when I discovered Ignatian spirituality and contemplative prayer. This form of imaginative prayer has been a rich experience for […]

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Prayer: A Learning Process

October 21, AD2017 1 Comment
Prayer: A Learning Process

Prayer is how I began to know God. Before that, my relationship with Him was mediocre at best. I was raised Catholic, and God was very much central in our lives and in my upbringing, but formal prayer was not something I even thought about. I prayed a few prayers before bed out of respect […]

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“Oh My God!”: Incorporating Exclamatory Prayer into Your Life

October 20, AD2017 5 Comments
“Oh My God!”: Incorporating Exclamatory Prayer into Your Life

I have a vivid memory from my freshman year of college. One of my professors, a Catholic, exclaimed, “Oh my God!” I, being rather sensitive about that sort of language, went to him privately and asked if he could please not swear as much, since it put the temptation to curse into my consciousness. He […]

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Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

October 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

As we look at Holy Spirit in the life of the Virgin Mary I want you to think about what our Catechism says at the start of its section on Mary “What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines, in turn, […]

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Imaging God Through the Gift of Intercession

October 12, AD2017 0 Comments
Imaging God Through the Gift of Intercession

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, this is our Triune God.  He is One and inseparable.  Where the Father is, so also is the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This dynamic holds true for each person of the Trinity. Jesus tells Philip, “He who sees me sees the Father.” (John 14: 9). “The Father and I […]

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