consolation

Daily Reflection—Know That God Is With You

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6) We sometimes […]

Daily Reflection — The One Who Cares for You

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) For generations, the people of Judah and Israel lived in an oppressive spiritual darkness. The time was fast approaching its fullness when God would enter into His creation and the people would […]

Daily Reflection — The One Who Cares for You

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) For generations, the people of Judah and Israel lived in an oppressive spiritual darkness. The time was fast approaching its fullness when God would enter into His creation and the people would […]

Daily Reflection — The One Who Cares

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) For generations, the people of Judah and Israel lived in an oppressive spiritual darkness. The time was fast approaching its fullness when God would enter into His creation and the people would […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” (Attributed to St. […]

Daily Reflection — You Are Never Alone

"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

Do you sometimes feel all alone, overwhelmed by life’s challenges, sufferings and injustice? The truth is that you are never alone. Our Lord is always with you. Some may find that difficult to accept, but it is true nonetheless. He told us himself that his yoke is easy and his burden is light (see Matthew 11:30). Christ crucified is God’s […]

Experience the Life of Peace Christ Wants for You

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

If all we ever do to learn about God is to approach Him as an academic exercise, we may come to know about Him, but we will not come to know Him. In today’s gospel (Matthew 11:25-30), Jesus speaks of a relationship with Him to which He invites us that promises rest for the weary. In light of his other sayings, […]

We Have Lost Our Way – Let us turn to God

"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch

These past few days have been a troubling time. So many senseless acts of violence take place all around the world that it seems that at times we are immured to the horror. But sometimes these distant tragedies do not seem so far away and the horror and sadness breaks through to strike at our core. Such a tragedy occurred […]

A Boy and his Fish

I don’t know about you, but there’s always something that makes me more in-tune with the Creator when I’m surrounded by His beautiful creation; prayer becomes more intimate, more sincere, more focused. Sitting on the deck on a gorgeous Sunday morning, I experienced just that – creation drawing me in to the heart of the Father. I was praying my […]

A Glimpse of Joy at the Foot of the Cross

During Times of Struggle Believe it or not, every once and a while I have a tough day, a difficult weekend, or week that leaves me wanting to curl up in a cave and never come out. (Not a “man cave,” more like a nicely decorated cave with all my books and a lifelong supply of chocolate.) Looking back, these […]