• God is Asking Something Heroic of Us

    “The disciple of Christ consents to ‘live in the truth,’ that is, in the simplicity of a life in conformity with the Lord’s example, abiding in his truth. ‘If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth.” (CCC, 2470) I first interacted with Father Roger Landry […]

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  • A Two-way Ticket Tattoo

    This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Thomas Lequin.                                                                                                 […]

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  • The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

    The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism inherent in the diamond. […]

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  • Purifying Our Hearts

    Effective prayer always requires preparation. Some of the most important preparation required is making sure our hearts are clear of anything that might impede the quality of our prayer. The Psalms provide us some of the best scriptural advice we can find on how to both prepare for and offer effective prayers. They also have a way of getting to […]

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Into the Deep

A Timeless Warning to the Complacent

“If we ask, we will receive the grace to remain and grow in fidelity to God. At the Eucharistic celebration, we are invited to receive the Lord and be nourished at His banquet – the strong and weak, the rich and poor, all of us together – so as to go forth into a world in need, carrying the love […]

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are […]

Receive, O Lord — Take all of me!

There is a great old popular jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons titled All of Me that is one of my favorite tunes.  I particularly like the rendition performed by Louis Armstrong and another done later by Willie Nelson. The song is about a fellow who lost his heart to a girl who left him, so he […]

Lord, will those who are saved be few?

I once heard a comment from a friend who was preparing a homily for today’s passage from Luke’s Gospel (see Luke 13:22-30). He was finding it difficult to “preach that there will be so few in heaven.” He has no problem on preaching about death, judgment, Heaven and Hell; but, he is disturbed and sad that, in his understanding, there will be […]

Surrender & Strength

God is Asking Something Heroic of Us

“The disciple of Christ consents to ‘live in the truth,’ that is, in the simplicity of a life in conformity with the Lord’s example, abiding in his truth. ‘If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth.” (CCC, 2470) I first interacted with Father Roger Landry […]

Five Ways Catholics Can Make a Difference

“Think about the possibilities if we all made a sincere daily commitment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.” Do we sometimes feel overwhelmed in the face of the relentless assault on the Church, our beliefs and our families by the media and modern culture? Is it difficult to stand up […]

On Marriage, Leadership and Honoring Our Wives

Marriage is in trouble everywhere, especially in our country where over half of marriages end in divorce. Our culture, so influenced by Hollywood and materialism, has set about creating a society which no longer values marriage and the family, but instead favors one which glorifies selfishness, greed and offers false idols for us to worship instead of God. As an […]

Between the Sundays

Leaven for the Kingdom

“As members of Christ’s Mystical Body, we must work to make His Kingdom present in the world.” As we finish up looking at our mission as baptized members of the Church, we must remember—baptism doesn’t just make us members of the Church. It incorporates us into Christ. We become part of His Mystical Body, and so we are called to […]

Prophets in the World

kj “Prophecy is not always about telling the future. It’s about telling the truth.” Last week, I began looking at the three-fold office or mission of the People of God. We receive this mission as our baptism, when we are incorporated into the Body of Christ and given a share in Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king. In the […]

The Priesthood of the Faithful

“As priests, we are united to Christ and His sacrifice in the offering we make of ourselves and our daily lives.” Over the next three weeks, I want to look at our baptismal call as Christians. There are many effects of the sacrament of Baptism – the forgiveness of all sin (original and personal) and the infusion of God’s life […]

Why do we call it Mass?

“The dismissal of Mass marks the beginning of our mission.” Have you ever wondered why we call what we do on Sunday “Mass”? We aren’t referring to a large amount of something nor to a scientific measure. It doesn’t matter how massive the crowd is, either. We get the word “Mass” from the very end of the liturgy, when the […]

Sunday Scripture Reflections

Sunday Reflection—Giving Thanks

The Bible stories of Naaman the Syrian and Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers shows us that gratitude is an obligation of justice. To remember the source of our blessings and to give thanks is exactly why some countries, like the USA and Canada, dedicate a national Thanksgiving holiday.  And why Catholics have a “Sunday obligation” to attend the Eucharist. […]

A Great Chasm

Readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C): Amos 6:1, 4–7 Psalm 146:7–10 1 Timothy 6:11–16 Luke 16:19–31 The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy—not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door. The complacent leaders […]

Sunday Reflection—Rich Man and Beggar

Luke, chapter 16, tells the story of the Rich man and the Beggar, Dives and Lazarus. It shows how some choices we make lead to addictions that can determine our eternal destiny. Gluttony, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is a poison that has an antidote — the Cardinal Virtue called Temperance or Moderation. The Mass readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday […]

In the Spotlight

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism inherent in the diamond. […]

Purifying Our Hearts

Effective prayer always requires preparation. Some of the most important preparation required is making sure our hearts are clear of anything that might impede the quality of our prayer. The Psalms provide us some of the best scriptural advice we can find on how to both prepare for and offer effective prayers. They also have a way of getting to […]

We are Made for Truth, not Heresy

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). Few things are more heartbreaking for a faithful Catholic than to hear someone say, “I really love the Catholic Church, but I just disagree with a few of Her teachings.” We might politely refer to such a one as a “cafeteria Catholic” in […]

Daily Extras

Daily Catholic Quote — CDF on Fatima

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ’s proclamation: the Father’s love which […]

Encountering the Word — Acts 17:16

Your Daily Bible Quote “Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. ” (Acts 17:16) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — Thomas à Kempis

“…The devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.” (Fr. Thomas à Kempis) September 12 is the Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — Pope Saint Leo the Great

“But when he says: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,’ he shows that the kingdom of heaven is to be given to those who are distinguished by their humility of soul rather than by their lack of worldly goods.” (Pope Saint Leo the Great, from a sermon on the Beatitudes) The Memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor […]