May, 2014

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Ambrose of Milan

“For her part, Mary did not fail to live up to her station as the Mother of Christ. When the apostles fled, she stood before the Cross and gazed tenderly on the wounds of her Son, because she was waiting, not for her Son’s death, but for the salvation of the world.” (St. Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Doctor of the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Thomas à Kempis

“Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God’s sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God.” (Fr. Thomas à Kempis) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave […]

The Quiet Voice that Calls You

I remember years ago having to write an essay for an English class on the topic, “Why I Write.” I wish I could find the essay and see what I had to say about my reasons for writing back in high school. Although the decade-old assignment is likely tucked in a clutter of papers on a dusty closet shelf somewhere, […]

Saint John Paul II

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope St. John Paul II

“If an ear is to grow or a flower blossom, there are times which cannot be forced; for the birth of a human being, nine months are required; to write a book or a worthy piece of music, years must often be spent in patient searching. This is also the law of the spirit… To encounter the mystery takes patience, […]

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" (detail) by Caravaggio

Daily Catholic Quote from Fr. Romano Guardini

“The days between Christ’s Resurrection and his return to the Father are full of mystery. If we accept them as we should, not as a legend, but as a vital part of our faith, then we must ask what they mean in the life of the Lord, and their significance in our own Christian existence. These are the days between […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Wisdom 18:14-15a

“For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne…” (Wisdom 18:14-15a) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and […]

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So, what are you waiting for?

The celebration of the Ascension used to leave me a bit flat. It was clear what Good Friday did for me. And Easter Sunday’s benefits were indisputable. But as for the Ascension, what’s in it for me? Christianity is about a kind of love we call agape or charity. It is love that looks away from itself to another and […]

Advice on Happiness from the Smartest Man in the World

Imagine your son tells you he wants to become a priest. Would your heart soar and your soul praise God? Would you be torn; feeling happy he wants to serve God but lamenting the loss of potential grandchildren. Or would you pay for a prostitute in hopes of tempting him away from the priesthood? The last one is what St. […]

Graham Greene

Daily Catholic Quote from Graham Greene

“It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.” (Graham Green) On Memorial Day in the United States of America, we remember, honor and pray for those men and women of the armed forces who died defending our nation. May their sacrifice never be forgotten. — The Editors […]