December, 2014

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Paul of the Cross

“Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ.” (St. Paul of the Cross) October 20 is the Optional Memorial of St. Paul of the Cross (A.D. 1694 […]

Encountering the Word — Hebrews 11:1

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval. By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear. ” […]

The Subsistent Soul: Are You More than Particles?

The word “subsistent” is tricky. Modern day dictionaries define “to subsist” as “to be sustained,” or “to maintain existence” or “to support or maintain with provisions or funds, to support.” This meaning is consistent with the word’s etymology. In classical Latin, subsistere meant “to stand firm” or “to come with relief or support.” In post-classical Latin the word meant “to […]

Daily Reflection — Be Not Afraid

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Murillo

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped […]

On Slaying Dragons And Other Noble Pursuits

St. Michael the Archangel

A Lesson In Motivating My Boy Child To Choose The Good In the three minutes we had been sitting in our church pew, Christopher, my five-year old, had managed the following: He “accidentally” tore several pages of the green Gather hymnal, He took off his brown leather school shoes and tossed them under the pew (revealing large holes in the […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thomas Becket

Stained glass window of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral

“Hereafter, I want you to tell me, candidly and in secret, what people are saying about me. And if you see anything in me that you regard as a fault, feel free to tell me in private. For from now on, people will talk about me, but not to me. It is dangerous for men in power if no one […]

What Goals and Mary Have in Common

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s resolutions and goal-making, despite a nice dose of cynicism acquired from years of failure and burning myself out on unattainable targets. Last year, I revisited resolutions and made a few strides in the right direction. No shock: I won some, I lost some. Despite my best efforts, the exercise thing wobbled. Despite my […]