holiness

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Lessons in Religious Life Learned… from Hollywood?

What could Hollywood teach us about the religious life?  It’s easy to get discouraged by how badly movies and television portray the Catholic Church.  It was not always the norm, however, and I decided to host a summer movie series to remind everyone that “secular” movies can teach us something about religious life and even… holiness! For the series I […]

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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 […]

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Encountering the Word — Ephesians 2:19-22

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in […]

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Women’s Leadership Conference Reveals the Gift of Feminine Genius

In a culture that lauds feminist ideology, many lay and women religious chose to respond to St. John Paul II’s definition of “feminine genius” this year instead.  In early June, a new women’s conference was held in Washington, D.C. with the title GIVEN, a word that, according to Sr. Mary Gabriel, SV, defines more than just the gifts we have.  […]

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

“The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain.” (St. Pio of Pietrelcina) The Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest (1887 – 1968) is September 23. Print this entry

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement.”  (Pope St. John Paul II) The Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II (1920 – 2005) is October 22.   Print this entry

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Fighting the Good (albeit Ordinary) Fight

This week, the Church in the United States is in the midst of the annual Fortnight for Freedom.  The bishops established the Fortnight in 2012 to highlight the need to defend religious liberty. It is a two-week period of prayer, fasting, and action.  There are many feast days that fall in this two week period, including Sts. Thomas More and John […]

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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 […]

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A Letter to My Children

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7–8). Have […]

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How do I figure out God’s will?

This past weekend found me on a road trip with my parents and a few aunts and uncles. Anytime you have a large number of adults in a fifteen-passenger van heading to places you’ve never been before, you’re bound to have some tense moments and some hilarious episodes. The success of the trip is dependent on making sure the latter […]