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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest

“Temptations, discouragement and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this: if the devil makes noise, it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within. That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.” […]

A Reflection for Easter Sunday

Photography © by Andy Coan

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one. The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work. The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote. Yet it was not like Him to be stingy. He poured out all he had, […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot

"The Temptation of St. Anthony" - by Lucas van Leyden (detail; click for full image)

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.” (St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot) January 17 is the Memorial of St. Antony, Abbot (251 — […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest

“Temptations, discouragement and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this: if the devil makes noise, it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within. That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.” […]

Flannery O’Connor and the Devil’s Territory

Flannery O'Connor

Shocking, grotesque, violent, and dark! Readers often use these adjectives after reading Flannery O’Connor’s stories. In her day, the horrified reactions from country folks in the small town of Milledgeville where she lived were fairly predictable. Even her own mother flinched from the gruesomeness of her fiction—and an aunt took to bed for a week after reading O’Connor’s first novel. […]

A Timeless Lesson and the Burden of Sin

Confessionals

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning. I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of […]

The Pact

Artwork © by Jef Murray

“It protects you from all physical harm, my dear Sir, and even from death itself; but it cannot protect you from evil,” said the old woman, holding up the necklace to the light. It was fashioned of silver and jet, and the dingy shards of sunlight that struck the petrified stones cast a rainbow of hues against the opposite walls […]

Why Do We Follow a Secular Compass?

I don’t know about you, but I rarely get through the day without feeling beaten up a little by the demands and pervasive negative influence of the world.  It is difficult to find peace and block out the noise.  I am challenged to avoid committing the same venial sins over and over each day.  When I am weak and under […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

“Temptations, discouragement and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this: if the devil makes noise, it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within. That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.” […]