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2020-04-20: 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: 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 …

2020-03-29: So delighted to see my Roman Catholic parish offering video of Sunday Mass now. (It’s offered …

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: 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, and do not try to compare yourself with others, …

2020-03-21: 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: 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: For through bodily fasting you restrain our faults, raise up our minds, and bestow both virtue and …

2020-03-01: Sometimes, you find a lot of wisdom and inspiration in small packages. You’ll find such …

2020-03-01: 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: A social media quote repository to call my own? I come across so many good quotes on social media (mainly Twitter and Facebook, though I’m on …

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 …