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

December 28, AD 2016 1 Comment
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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The Economy of Mercy

December 19, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Economy of Mercy

If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him. —Luke 17:3–4 Sr. Febronie served as subprioress during Therese’s early years in Carmel. She reproached Therese for teaching 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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Giving Our Crumbs

November 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Giving Our Crumbs

But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and […]

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Blind Spots

November 14, AD 2016 2 Comments
Blind Spots

Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you […]

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

November 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

“Cimourdain was a pure-minded but gloomy man. He had ‘the absolute’ within him. He had been a priest, which is a solemn thing. Man may have, like the sky, a dark and impenetrable serenity; that something should have caused night to fall in his soul is all that is required. Priesthood had been the cause […]

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Election Year: A Time for Mercy

November 9, AD 2016 1 Comment
Election Year: A Time for Mercy

In an election year where there has been so much division, I think we all recognize that there is a widespread experience of disillusionment and disappointment. Not in decades have voters been so dissatisfied with the two leading presidential candidates before them. You have likely shared in more than one conversation that has left you feeling confused, […]

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Perception and Pain

November 8, AD 2016 1 Comment
Perception and Pain

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. —G. K. Chesterton When I was little, one of my favorite fairy tales was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a deeply Christian story. In short, it is about two children, Kay and Gerda, who are best friends until […]

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Gossip and Whistle-Blowers

November 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
Gossip and Whistle-Blowers

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. —Matthew 12:36 When you find out that people have been gossiping about you, you understandably feel violated and wronged. But why is gossip so bad? First of all, what is gossip? The […]

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Words

October 27, AD 2016 0 Comments
Words

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21 And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’ s religion is vain. —James 1:26 Speaking to a friend recently about verbal abuse, I […]

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Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

October 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy will come to a close with the end of the liturgical year on November 20. How can we make the most of the final month of this Jubilee Year? Here are some ways to finish out with a bang: 1) If you haven’t yet made a Holy Door Pilgrimage, now is […]

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The Disfigurement of Sin

October 20, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Disfigurement of Sin

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind,    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces    he was despised, and we held him in low […]

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Appearances

October 19, AD 2016 1 Comment
Appearances

Curé d’Ambricourt: “I said to her, ‘Peace be with you,’ and she’d received that peace on her knees. What wonder, that one can give what one doesn’t possess! Oh, miracle of our empty hands!” —Georges Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest Mother Teresa suffered a terrible dark night of the soul for over a decade, […]

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Judging and Loving

October 17, AD 2016 1 Comment
Judging and Loving

It is a strange thing, but we as human beings are often eager critics. It is so easy to criticize, to catch the flaws and failures of others. Whether we mull over others’ faults in the back of our minds, speak openly to their faces, or take it upon ourselves to send a quick “Hey, […]

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Neither Worthy nor Worthless

September 30, AD 2016 1 Comment
Neither Worthy nor Worthless

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. —Exodus 14:14 And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, […]

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