Today’s Catholic

Daily Quote — from J. R. R. Tolkien

Riderless Horse with boot reversed in stirrup being led in Funeral Procession at Arlington National Cemetery

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” (J. R. R. Tolkien, Faramir in The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers) […]

Restoring Essential Services

Stained glass window at the Melkite Catholic Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale depicting Christ the King with the regalia of a Byzantine emperor. (January 2009 photo by John Stephen Dwyer [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

In different parts of the United States and other parts of the world, we are reaching what many are calling “Phase 2” in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Various restrictions are being gradually rescinded, some businesses reopened, supplementary emergency hospitals closed, panic and fear lessened and normal parts of life restored. But we are far from out of danger. […]

Worlds Apart

Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" on the Altar Wall in the Sistine Chapel Photography by Mark Armstrong

I am a father and a philosopher.  This is not necessarily an unusual combination, but it does give me a range of interests that spans two rather distinctive worlds.  I am interested in the family, its challenges and rewards, its hard work and its joyful celebrations.  As a philosopher, I am interested in an array of ideas that range from […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens / Public domain

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “God’s love calls us to move beyond fear. We ask God for the courage to abandon ourselves unreservedly, so that we might be molded by God’s grace, even as we cannot see where that path may lead us.” (St. Ignatius Loyola) The Memorial of St. Ignatius Loyola, Priest (1491 – 1556) is July 31. […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “They ignored the danger of death … they forgot how few they were; they never noticed how many were against them or the power or strength or wisdom of their enemies. Their power was greater than all that: theirs was the power of him who had died on the Cross and risen […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. Josemaría Escrivá

St. Josemaría Escrivá (detail) Oficina de Información de la Prelatura del Opus Dei en España [CC BY-SA]

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “Christian optimism is not a sugary optimism; nor is it a mere human confidence that everything will turn out all right. “It is an optimism that sinks its roots in an awareness of our freedom, and in the sure knowledge of the power of grace. It is an optimism which leads us […]

Encountering the Word — Psalm 51:1

"King David in Prayer" (detail) Pieter de Grebber [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense.” (Psalm 51:1) Encountering the Word is your source for daily inspiration, encouragement, and guidance from God’s Holy Word in the Bible. Please share on Facebook and other social media. Print this entry

Daily Quote—for Holy Saturday

“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness.  A great stillness because the King is asleep.  The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and has raised up all who have slept since the world began . . . ‘I order you, O sleeper, to awake.  I did […]

Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I was the “new kid on the block,” a recently-arrived postulant who was learning more and […]