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St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Once Upon a Day of Prayer | Rediscovering St. Thérèse

A Reflection on the Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Every month each Carmelite Sister steps aside from her daily service to God’s people and makes a one-day spiritual retreat. To most of us, this single day out of each month is dearly loved and longed for. We meet and work with a lot of people on a daily […]

"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Cortona

Remembering the Holy Guardian Angels

You never know when and where they’ll appear… perhaps even in Aisle 3 at Staples. When God Sends Messengers With a heavy heart, I put down the telephone and sighed. I knew it was right that I, like the other sisters in my Carmelite community, set myself to the task now ahead of us. This was not the first time […]

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

I need more messy saints…

I am looking for some messy saint stories. You know, the type of story that shows the person made a fool of themselves, or chose poorly, or even… sinned. Perhaps it sounds weird—we look to the saints to be our examples in holiness, so why would I want a story that showed the exact opposite? I need encouragement.  Sure, I […]

Excuse Me, God, Is There a Family Discount?

It’s not easy to become a saint while raising a family.  Especially for some of us.  Me, for instance.  And I could use a little help.  I heard a priest recommend that we read about and seek the intercession of saints who shared the same vocation as us.  Priests should get to know the lives of holy priests, religious sisters […]

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia—Photography © by Michael Bickerstaff

Avoiding Embarrassing Situations Receiving Holy Communion

I was recently making a retreat at a Monastery in the Catskills. At Sunday Mass, I was asked by the Chaplain to distribute the Precious Blood to the nuns and lay people in attendance. At one point there was a little delay as I was giving the Chalice to the lay guests; the priest Celebrant, distributing the Sacred Hosts, was […]

Lessons Learned When We Pray The Angelus

Jared Dees’ new book, Praying The Angelus: Find Joy, Peace, And Purpose In Everyday Life, is a compact, helpful text, which outlines the origins of the Angelus, how to pray it, what to expect, and why we should bother praying the Angelus at all. His encouragement to adopt the practice are not only helpful, but Dees insights into prayer in general—regardless of […]

Photography by Jérôme Prax

Autumnal Adoration

It would be difficult for me to live in a place without seasons.  I do love warm weather and sunshine, and I know people who love their homes in Florida and Arizona, but I think I need the change of the seasons in my life. I love fall. I love bringing out cardigans and boots from storage, the sound of […]

What We Learn From Darkness

“I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, who even at night directs my heart.” ~ Psalm 16  For decades I’ve called myself a morning person, an early bird. I am drawn to the light for so many reasons. It reveals truth with such clarity. It renews hope. It warms the soul. On the contrary, darkness veils the earth […]

Why does my faith walk seem so lonely?

Dear Sister, Sometimes the living of my Catholic faith is a lonely walk for me. Why is that?  Am I doing anything wrong?  Sometimes I think, “Am I the only one feeling this way?” I’ve never had theology classes and would appreciate anything you could send my way to help me understand why I feel so alone sometimes in my […]

Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the seventeenth century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of Jesus and was known, even as a young man, as a person of deep intelligence and piety. Spurred by what he took to be the direct […]