Examination of Conscience

Practical Steps to Love Jesus More Deeply

"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo

We live in difficult times as Catholics. Quite possibly it has always been this way. The culture sends messages to us that are very harmful to our spiritual life. If we have become blind to this truth, it is likely that we are pursuing success as defined by the secular world instead of pursuing the holiness God has called us […]

Spiritual Lessons from Gardening

There’s nothing like playing in the dirt to give me some perspective. I suppose I should call it “gardening,” and not let on that I’m still a beginner when it comes to the flowering plants and vegetables that dot the grounds around my house.  The truth is, though, that I really use it for therapy.  I guess that explains the […]

Frequently Asked Questions for Making a Daily Examen

We have arrived at the Third Sunday of Lent. By now, hopefully, we have been diving deep into the mystery of God and His love for us. A necessary part of advancing in the spiritual life and forming a deeper relationship with God is to examine ourselves, praying that God will reveal to us our soul as He sees it. […]

How Can I Get Out of My Patterns of Sin?

Dear Sister Mary Colombiere, How can I deepen my relationship with God when I am stuck in patterns of sin that I can’t seem to break? I’ve asked this question to several people at different times, but I really can’t seem to figure this out or make any progress. I am really grieved over this. Dear Friend, It seems to […]

Taking measure of ourselves this Lent – 8 Frequently Asked Questions for making a Daily Examen

We have arrived at the Third Sunday of Lent. By now, hopefully, we have been diving deep into the mystery of God and His love for us. A necessary part of advancing in the spiritual life and forming a deeper relationship with God is to examine ourselves, praying that God will reveal to us our soul as He sees it. […]

The Galatians 5 Spiritual Health Exam

Ask a Carmelite Sister… Dear Sister, At least once a year I see a doctor and check out my physical health. Is there any kind of a spiritual health exam that would help me check out my spiritual health? Dear Friend, Thank you very much for you most timely question.  The answer, of course, is an old-fashioned phrase. Perhaps you […]

Eight Frequently Asked Questions for making a Daily Examen – a Catholic Approach to “New Years” Resolutions

"King David in Prayer" by Pieter de Grebber

A Catholic Approach to Making “New Years” Resolutions As we all know, the beginning of each New Year is a time that people make resolutions about how they will better their lives. Like many of you, I have participated in this tradition over the years. And like many of you, I have broken these resolutions faster than I care to […]