Okay, NOW I begin. Again. No, really.

Posted on Jan 5, 2020

New year, new blog.

Actually, this is a reboot of an online commonplace book originally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. Although much of this new iteration of Rosa Mystica – or “Mystical Rose,” one of the many lovely titles of Mary in the Litany of Loreto – will be devoted to Our Lady, I’m broadening the focus here to cover Catholic spirituality in general.

These initial posts probably will reflect some of my most recent reading:

  • Call Him Father: How to Experience the Fatherhood of God, Fr. Edward Maritany
  • I Will Think of Everything. You, Think Only of Loving Me: The Ceaseless Act of Love, A Sister of Mary
  • The Hidden Power of Kindness, Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva, Eric Sammons
  • Sins of the Tongue: The Backbiting Tongue, Fr. Jean-Pierre Belet
  • Splendor of Sorrow: The Seven Sorrows of the Mother of God, Eddie Doherty
  • The Way, Furrow, and The Forge (three separate books), St. Josemaria Escriva
  • Thoughts of the Cure of Ars, St. John Vianney

My spiritual reading tends toward some of the classics (I just started diving anew into The Imitation of Christ), practical books on holiness and persistent sins, and devotional texts on the Blessed Mother. I have been partial to the simple and straightforward works of St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. (No, I am not a member of Opus Dei.)

Overall, I am drawn to straightforward reading, stuff that gets right to the point. I could collect dense 13th-century theological treatises that look impressive (and I have at one point or another); however, I don’t have the time or patience to wade through them. I turn to spiritual reading for prayerful time with God to get to know Him better and how to live a holy life, and if it gives me a headache because it’s written in Middle English (or translated into arcane English phrasing), it’s useless to me. I intend to use this virtual space to collect texts on which to ruminate, texts that might inspire other readers. Sometimes these texts are found in books, sometimes on social media or elsewhere on the Internet.

This place is intended to be a simple and quiet repository where readers, like Mary herself, can ponder these things in their hearts. Welcome.