Divine Aspirations and Active Contemplation

January 4, 2017

Ever heard of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales?  I’m reading it now and it really is a fantastic book for anyone looking to make a serious start (or restart) of their spiritual life. Combining practical tips with solid theology and great analogies, this book is meant to be a guide for ordinary people to begin to grow in holiness.  Really, the Universal Call to Holiness advocated by…

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The Art of Feasting

December 28, 2016

Merry Christmas!  As I am sure most of you realize, we Catholics don’t stop celebrating Christmas once the clock strikes midnight on December 25th.  Actually, for Catholics, Christmas Day gets set to repeat for eight days!  We call it an “octave,” which is a special liturgical practice for very holy days like Christmas and Easter.  Sure, the Catholic Church insists on penance, discipline, and all that, but we also know…

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The Light in the Darkness

December 21, 2016

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. This is one of the famous O Antiphons, which are recited or chanted by priests and religious everywhere during the final days of advent.  This particular antiphon is the one I and my confreres will recite this evening and it translates to “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine…

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Six Months of Tears… Rejoice!

December 14, 2016

  Today is the feast of St. John of the Cross, a mystic, spiritual doctor, and great lover of God.  In looking into his works, I happened across this excerpt of a book on one of his poems.  It is a poem about Christmas where the tears of the infant Jesus become jewels and a source of joy for Mary and human kind.  St. John has a great many beautiful…

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Did Jesus Come For Our Dogs Too?

December 1, 2016

Being at a parish that co-owns a Catholic School, I often get the chance to address a classroom full of young boys and girls.  It’s usually some kind of Q&A session for kids to ask all the questions they’ve ever wondered about the Church and the Faith, but never had the chance to ask. I get all sorts of questions, some of them funny (do you sleep in your priest…

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That Article About Purgatory

November 2, 2016

It’s all souls day, so it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that the priest on this site wants to publish a defense of the Catholic doctrine of purgatory. Really, there are many such explanations out there on the interwebs, but none of them are on this site yet, so here it goes.  It’s simple really, I want to give your, our readers, two basic arguments for purgatory. Alright, let’s start with…

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