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10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

January 11, AD 2017 4 Comments
10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

There is good reason that St. Francis de Sales is the patron of writers—he really had a way with words. During his lifetime, he wrote pamphlets defending the faith that actually converted many people away from heresy. He also wrote books advising laypeople in the spiritual life, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. […]

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Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

January 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

I adore Dorothy Day. That’s the reason why I picked up this book. Like Dorothy Day, when I first met Thérèse of Lisieux, I wasn’t very impressed. Day describes Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul as “pious pap” the first time she read it. But as life goes on and wisdom is gained, opinions change. […]

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Spiritual Lessons with Elisabeth Leseur

August 30, AD 2016 1 Comment
Spiritual Lessons with Elisabeth Leseur

I first encountered Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur about five years ago when I was towards the beginning stages of my spiritual dry spell. The Magnificat had included a reflection of hers that reads: “Those who seem to be spiritually dead are not always those least accessible to the divine Word; when wood is dead, […]

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The Dawn of Sainthood

May 22, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Dawn of Sainthood

I thought this morning that holiness comes like a sunrise.  The Holy Spirit hovers over the waters, filling the earth with goodness and light.  A sinner becomes a saint as an acorn becomes a tree or a boy becomes a man: slowly.  Despair would have us feel the defeats more acutely than the victories.  Nor […]

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Some Wisdom from John of the Cross

February 16, AD 2015 2 Comments
Some Wisdom from John of the Cross

Today at Holy Hour I read this passage in “The Living Flame of Love,” by St. John of the Cross: He [The Holy Spirit] touches the soul not with His shadow only, for He unites Him self to it, feeling and tasting with it the form and attributes of God in the shadow of God: […]

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8 Great Christian Songs

August 18, AD 2013 4 Comments
8 Great Christian Songs

Here are 8 great Christian songs. (The links lead to the corresponding audio via YouTube.) 1. Hail, Holy Queen. This is, by far, my favorite hymn. Hearing it during the closing procession at the evening Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption this past week was one of the highlights of that day. And I’m […]

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The Church Should Rule the World

June 22, AD 2013 17 Comments
The Church Should Rule the World

Never mind “the Galileo controversy” (a good response to that is here, by the way). The Church should rule the world. One of the things that I have noticed that Catholics seem to be very wary of discussing is the history of the temporal power of the Church. Most of us have heard or read […]

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Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

April 21, AD 2013 0 Comments
Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

Pope Francis, on the first full day of his papacy, prayed at the tomb of Pope St. Pius V. I do not think that was coincidental. In fact, I believe that His Holiness intends to be remembered as most similar to Pius V. There are five ways in which I see this is already evident: […]

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