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2022-05-04: "There are no locked doors through which Christ cannot go"

2022-04-27: Pope Francis: "God can make flowers spring up from stony ground" We need to set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when …

2022-04-27: St. Joseph's "constant practice of the ordinary virtues" Saint Joseph did not do extraordinary things, but rather by the constant practice of the ordinary …

2022-04-27: Faith—not only in His existence, but His “all-wise Providence” Faith does not consist of merely believing in the existence of God, but also in His all-wise …

2022-04-27: "Always flee to Christ" No matter how many waves rise up in your soul, always flee to Christ. The Saviour will come to help …

2022-04-27: "Plainly wrong" to treat non-Catholics with discourtesy It is plainly wrong to meet non-Catholics with bitterness or to treat them with discourtesy. For …

2022-04-27: "Do not rack your brain. Pray to God." (h/t @OrthodoxFaith on Twitter)

2022-04-27: "The first hour of your morning belongs to God" The duties and cares of the day crowd about us when we awake each day – if they have not already …

2022-04-14: Lenten practices are "how Jesus lived and asks us to live" My brothers and sisters, the traditional spiritual practices of Lent are prayer, fasting, and …

2022-04-14: In the Lord's anguish is distress over our indifference We look at the failures of St Peter, St Mary Magdalene, and so many other “shady” characters of the …

2022-04-12: "To know whom to avoid is a great means of saving our souls" To know whom to avoid is a great means of saving our souls. St. Thomas Aquinas

2022-04-12: Sacred Heart devotion is "devotion to Jesus himself" Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, then, means devotion to Jesus himself, to the Word made …

2022-04-12: St. Thomas More: Beware "the very least speck" of pride I will simply counsel every man and woman to beware of even the very least speck of [pride], which …

2022-04-12: "Cheerfulness strengthens the heart" Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of …

2022-04-11: St. John Chrysostom on caring about the salvation of others There is nothing colder than a Christian who is not concerned about the salvation of others. St. …

2022-04-11: Infographic: "Spiritual adoption" ChurchPop can be a bit much for me in some respects. But I love its infographics. Case in point: …

2022-04-11: St. John Cassian on "internal warfare"

2022-04-11: In Christ, all human suffering

2022-04-11: A sign of the Antichrist: "when many Christians will be lovers of heresies" Hence, when many Christians will be lovers of heresies, and wicked men will persecute the clergy …

2022-04-11: God's door is always open Prayer does not consist merely in standing and bowing with your body or in reading written prayers: …

2022-04-11: St. John Chrysostom: Amid disasters, don't be discouraged Beloved, when you see disasters multiplying, do not be discouraged, but be even more encouraged. …

2022-04-11: "Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet" Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet, always ready for whatever our Lord may wish to …

2022-04-11: Want to love Jesus? "First learn to suffer" If you really want to love Jesus, first learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love. St. …

2022-04-11: Leave the past "to the mercy of the Lord" I urge you to begin each day, leaving the past to the mercy of the Lord, and the future to his …

2022-04-11: "Your affliction in regard to the past has no basis" Your affliction in regard to the past has no basis; it is simply a temptation of the enemy. I …

2022-04-11: "Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin" Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin. Thus, fasting is the proper …

2022-04-11: "Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little" Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little. Remember that he of whom you are speaking is …

2022-04-11: The danger of “a worldly outlook on the spiritual life” The fact that we can’t save ourselves is something we acknowledge in words, but in fact we find it …

2022-04-10: “Set yourself to talk to Him, as often as you can” If you wish to charm the loving Heart of your God, set yourself to talk to Him, as often as you can …

2022-04-10: St. Aloysius Gonzaga calls on Mary O Holy Mary! My Mother; into thy blessed trust and special custody, and into the bosom of thy mercy, …

2022-04-10: Don’t restrain your heart from mental prayer If during vocal prayer your heart is drawn to mental prayer, do not restrain it, but let your …

2022-04-10: “Always give good heed to the Word of God” Always give good heed to the Word of God, whether you hear or read it in private, or hearken to it …

2022-04-10: “Let the joy of your mind burst forth” Therefore, my brother, scorned as you are by men, lashed as it were by God, do not despair. Do not …

2022-04-04: Ven. Bruno Lanteri on mental prayer and "the crosses the Lord sends us" I know that you also love noble and generous motives in your service of God, and this is very much …

2022-04-04: St. Isidore of Seville: "Confession heals" Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in …

2022-04-04: Cardinal George on how to become a saint If we pray to become saints, our prayer will surely be answered, for this is what God desires. …

2022-04-04: St. Francis de Sales on inner peace I love nuns in traditional habits. And St. Francis de Sales.

2022-04-04: "Pray to God that he be merciful to you both" O man, when the world hates you and is faithless toward you, think of your God, how he was struck …

2022-04-04: “We must cast ourselves into the arms of our Heavenly Father” Like a child who fears no danger in his father’s protecting arms, we must cast ourselves into the …

2022-04-02: How to help the soul of your neighbor If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your …

2022-04-02: “Recall the loving way in which He has acted toward you” If you wish to strengthen your confidence in God still more, often recall the loving way in which …

2022-03-25: Be daring, and have recourse to Mary Do you want to be daring in a holy way, so that God may act through you? Have recourse to Mary, and …

2022-03-25: "Let us try to live like Mary" Today, on the Feast of the Annunciation, let us try to live like Mary — filling our days with quiet …

2022-03-25: Mary, full of grace, "makes the way easy for us" Mary is the one who is full of grace and sum of all perfections; and she is also our Mother. Her …

2022-03-25: Mary's Annunciation example: "All her senses and faculties" in prayer How lovable is the scene of the Annunciation. How often we have meditated on this! Mary is …

2022-03-24: "A resolve for every morning of the New Year" (h/t @Roman Orthodoxy)

2022-03-24: "Men will surrender to the spirit of the age" (h/t @Sr. Helena Burns)

2022-03-24: Prayer, not theology, is key to knowing Mary It is a very good thing to study Mariology, but let us always remember that we know the Immaculate …

2022-03-24: St. Faustina on silence A soul that has never tasted the sweetness of inner silence is a restless spirit which disturbs the …

2022-03-24: The "Little Flock" of believers Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely …

2022-03-24: Pope Francis: "Mary is the dawn" Jesus is the sun, and Mary is the dawn announcing his rising.” Pope Francis

2022-03-24: The echo of kind words Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. St. Teresa of Calcutta …

2022-03-24: Romero: Be "a true microphone for God" Let each one of you, in your own vocation…each one in your own place live the faith intensely and …

2022-03-24: Joy lives "in the very depths of the soul" I learned from experience that joy does not reside in the things about us, but in the very depths …

2022-03-24: The Sacred Heart as "an object and means" I understand that devotion to the Sacred Heart is a last effort of His love towards Christians of …

2022-03-24: "Feed on this Bread of the Angels" I urge you with all the strength of my soul to approach the Eucharistic Table as often as possible. …

2022-03-23: "Keep the joy of loving God in your heart" Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet, especially your …

2022-03-20: “More than just a gardener” From the Magnificat Lent devotional today, on today’s Gospel reading.

2022-03-16: Chesterton on hope Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. G.K. Chesterton

2022-03-15: "Pray in your own churches as much as you can" Make time to pray in your own churches as much as you possibly can. That is the first move towards …

2022-03-15: St. Claude de la Colombiere: Watch for attachments If ever you have a fit of sadness or trouble, remember that it is because you are still attached to …

2022-03-15: Pope Francis: Turn to St. Joseph at difficult times I encourage you to ask for the intercession of Saint Joseph precisely at the most difficult times …

2022-03-15: When discouraged, think of Joseph If discouragement overwhelms you, think of the faith of Joseph; if anxiety has its grip on you, …

2022-03-15: "Do whatever HE tells you" (H/T @beholdthymother on Twitter)

2022-03-15: Thomas Merton on hope

2022-03-14: The past as a "temptation of the enemy" Your affliction in regard to the past has no basis; it is simply a temptation of the enemy. I …

2022-03-14: Conversion = repentance? Conversion is the task of a moment; sanctification is the work of a lifetime. St. Josemaria Escriva …

2022-03-12: Overlooking others' faults as "solid interior mortification" That joke, that witty remark held on the tip of your tongue; the cheerful smile for those who annoy …

2022-03-11: Remember His Passion … there is no remedy more effective against sin than the devout remembrance of My Passion, …

2022-03-11: Invoke Jesus and Mary against evil thoughts When an evil thought is presented to the mind, we must immediately endeavor to turn our thoughts to …

2022-03-05: The "paradoxical truth" of Lent As Fr. Mike Schmitz has said, Lent is a process – not an event. That makes me feel better …

2020-09-15: Our Lady of Sorrows: Patron saint of 2020 A blessed feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to you. Rachel Bulman has an excellent reflection on Mary and …

2020-04-20: "Let our judgment of souls cease" Let our judgment of souls cease, for God’s mercy upon them is extraordinary. St. Faustina, …

2020-04-19: Acedia as a spiritual midlife crisis I often ask how many midlife crises one can experience, because I feel like I’ve gone through …

2020-04-10: Jesus: "The new Adam" Adam and Eve lost Eden not because of a lack on God’s part, but because of a lack on their own …

2020-04-10: Bp. Barron on the human condition At the very heart of Christian faith is the conviction that the Father sent the Son into our human …

2020-03-29: Benefits of prayer If we pray for the sake of the benefits we hope to obtain from prayer, we risk becoming discouraged …

2020-03-27: "Be attentive to his presence in those who need our love" Lack of love for our neighbor, shutting our hearts to their needs, voluntarily nurturing resentment …

2020-03-27: God Himself invites us to prayer The first thing that should motivate us and encourage us to enter into a life of prayer is that God …

2020-03-21: Confession in the age of coronavirus The governor of Illinois, where I live, has issued a stay-at-home order starting at 5 p.m. Central …

2020-03-21: "Do not pay attention to the faults of others" Do not pay attention to the faults of others, and do not try to compare yourself with others, …

2020-03-21: "Self-discovery" or participation in the work of grace? The authentically Christian spiritual itinerary never ends with something as bland as …

2020-03-15: When Mass is unavailable, reach out for spiritual communion It has been a very surreal Sunday, as we are unable to attend Mass. The tween and I read the Sunday …

2020-03-09: "High esteem is due to all human beings" Believe in others. Learn to forgive those who are guilty of evil conduct of any kind. High esteem …

2020-03-08: Think about the good Instead of noticing the evil that is found in the world, develop the habit of thinking about the …

2020-03-08: Death allows us to face reality Like the scribes and Pharisees, we often do not want to admit or to meditate on our sins. But if we …

2020-03-06: Abba Moses: Fasting "makes the soul humble" Someone asked Moses, “What good is fasting?” The old man said, “It makes the soul humble. For it is …

2020-03-06: St. Ephraim, Schmemann, and Lent O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despondency, lust for power, and …

2020-03-01: "Through bodily fasting you restrain our faults" For through bodily fasting you restrain our faults, raise up our minds, and bestow both virtue and …

2020-03-01: "Do not trust in your own righteousness" Father Pambo asked Father Antony, “What ought I to do?” Antony replied, “Do not trust in your own …

2020-02-29: Memento mori and the mystery of our faith When we remember death, we meditate on the central mystery of our faith: that death has been …

2020-02-28: The good have no need to be "afflicted" at the thought of death Those who love God are not afflicted at the thought of having to leave riches, possessions, wealth, …

2020-02-27: In the crucified Jesus, "acknowledgement and rest" One of my dearest friends lost her husband in a hiking accident last summer. Now Clarissa is …

2020-02-27: In silence, make room for the Word of God Jesus often headed off to “deserted” places to pray, “teaching us how to seek the Father who speaks …

2020-02-27: "May we not let this time of grace pass in vain" It is good to contemplate more deeply the paschal mystery through which God’s mercy has been …

2020-02-27: "Let yourself be saved over and over again" Keep your eyes fixed on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved over and …

2020-02-23: Lent: It's not purely about you Lent is not a season about self-help or self-improvement for their own sake. It’s not just about …

2020-02-23: "Overcome the logic of confrontation, hatred and revenge" Let us pray to the Lord that he may move hearts and that all may overcome the logic of …

2020-02-21: Pride in the name of Lent? So, I’ve been waist-deep in Micro.blog’s February photoblogging challenge all month, and …

2020-02-16: "Blessed are they who weep with Jesus in His Passion" Blessed are they who weep with Jesus in His Passion. And with Mary in her sorrows. Theirs is the …

2020-02-15: Memento mori, friends I was brought up to never consider death. Whenever the topic of death came up, my mother would …

2020-02-13: Ask always for perseverance Don’t tell Jesus that you want consolation in prayer. If he gives it to you, thank him. Tell him …

2020-02-08: "Let your sins serve to bind you closely" to God Reflect attentively, O Devout Soul, on the teaching commonly given by spiritual masters: namely, …

2020-02-08: Setting humility on solid rock The depth of the foundation is your humility, but its firmness multiplies when it is set on rock. …

2020-02-03: God "gratifies even our need to be needed" Being sons and daughters of God also means being privileged with a great responsibility. We belong …

2020-02-03: "No circumstance warrants despair" She ponders a love so true, a grace so great, that it cannot be compromised by the ugliness of …

2020-01-25: Biblical basis for Mary as queen In the Davidic kingdom, when a new king assumed the throne, his mother was given the special title …

2020-01-19: "Necessary grace" at the start of the day Never forget that it is at the beginning of each day that God has the necessary grace for the day …

2020-01-17: The "sweet monotony" of the beads “The beads help the mind to concentrate. They are almost like the self-starter of a motor; …

2020-01-17: The Little Flower's struggles with the Rosary “I force myself in vain to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary; I don’t succeed in …

2020-01-10: Mary: "She's our mother as well" The one common thread in all the many praises of and petitions to Mary is the request for her …

2020-01-10: Persevere in prayer If you quit praying because no feeling comes along, your rectitude of intention leaves much to be …

2020-01-06: We need "a faith like the Magi" Look how gently the Lord invites us. His words have human warmth; they are the words of a person in …

2020-01-06: Praying at Epiphany ‘Going into the house they saw the child with Mary, his Mother, and they fell down and …

2020-01-06: Backbiting: "Even the worthiest of men" not exempt … one must not only avoid backbiting when it attacks charity and justice directly, but even …

2020-01-05: Okay, NOW I begin. Again. No, really. New year, new blog. Actually, this is a reboot of an online commonplace book originally dedicated to …

2020-01-05: Now I begin! Say slowly and in all earnestness: Nunc coepi — now I begin! Don’t get discouraged if, …

2020-01-05: Mary "a home for all" Physically, Our Lady was the first home for God become incarnate. Then, after the birth of her …