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Understanding Our Dustiness

February 24, AD 2017 0 Comments
Understanding Our Dustiness

You are dust and to dust, you shall return. Each time I hear this phrase at Ash Wednesday, I think of a little prayer that was given to me by a sister a while ago. It was created by St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, as a member of the […]

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Miserere Mei, Deus, Domine et Pater

February 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
Miserere Mei, Deus, Domine et Pater

O Father, Brother, Lord, And God, Spouse of my soul, Forgive my many sins, my crimes. Lave my wriggling, red, whinging soul And wipe away the deeply layered grimes, The residue that clings The stench that stings Your nostrils. Take sandpaper To the corroded rust Of all my lies, my pride, My many acts of […]

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Healer of Souls

February 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Healer of Souls

Over the past week, the Gospel readings have contained many scenes of healing from Jesus’s public ministry. We know that Jesus performed many miraculous healings during His life and continues to do so today. The healing springs of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast we celebrated on Saturday, have brought about countless healings that have […]

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Order

February 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Order

Most of the liturgical year is comprised of “Ordinary Time”, when the Gospels follow the earthly ministry of Christ. This does not mean that the time is humdrum or nondescript; rather, it refers to ordinal numbers – first, second, third, and so on. Humans have a compulsion to order things, and Catholics are no exception […]

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Novenas: The Mathematical Harmonies of Prayer

January 31, AD 2017 0 Comments
Novenas: The Mathematical Harmonies of Prayer

And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, […]

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Making a Prayer Fan: Sacramentals

January 16, AD 2017 0 Comments
Making a Prayer Fan: Sacramentals

On my onomastica or name day, the feast of my Confirmation patroness St. Elizabeth of Hungary, my friend Anne gave me a blank paper fan to decorate. I mused aloud about possible designs. “Noah’s Ark? Our Lady of Guadalupe?” “I know, I’ll make it a prayer fan! I’ll write all the names of people I’m […]

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Time in Prayer this Year

January 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Time in Prayer this Year

One of the questions I struggle with sometimes is how much time I ought to be spending in prayer on a daily basis. This is not surprising: my personality has been shaped by an ingrained emphasis on the value of time since I was a child. My dad especially shaped my notions of the proper […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 3 Comments
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

December 27, AD 2016 2 Comments
Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

Prayer is not worship. Worship is a subset of prayer. Worship, properly speaking, entails sacrifice, a gift of something precious to honour the deity worshipped. The Mass is the one and only perfect sacrifice, offered by God on behalf of man. With the Mass, the Hebrew sacrifices of animals and crops, and the pagan sacrifices […]

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Advent: The Coming of the Lord

December 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
Advent: The Coming of the Lord

Happy New Liturgical Year! With the First Sunday of Advent came a new year in the Catholic Church. Advent is an important time of spiritual preparation for Christmas. Just as we prepare for the glorious joy of Easter with Lenten fasting and penance, so do we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ with the […]

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Ora et Labora

December 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Ora et Labora

St. Benedict gives us a remarkable example of discipline. His simple motto, Ora et labora—pray and work—is still relevant to our own lives, so many centuries after his death. We need both prayer and work in order to live a truly Christian life and finish the race. If we were to embrace prayer without also embracing […]

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Not Alone: At the House of Mary Near Ephesus

November 30, AD 2016 2 Comments
Not Alone: At the House of Mary Near Ephesus

I was a solo traveler in the pilgrimage I joined to the Holy Land and Turkey. Most of the others in the pilgrimage were traveling with their spouses, their friends, or their relatives. Those who were not seemed to have known each other previously. Although everyone else was very nice, fun even, at times I […]

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