holiness

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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 […]

St. John Eudes, Priest (1601-1680)St. John Eudes, Priest (1601-1680)

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John Eudes

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires and his disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.” (St. John Eudes) The Optional Memorial of […]

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Encountering the Word — 1 Peter 2:9-10

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you […]

Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — 1 Peter 1:13-16

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is […]

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Photograph © by Andy CoanMission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

The Problem of Suffering

I remember sitting in my Introduction to Moral Theology class as a college undergraduate and being asked, “What is the problem of suffering, and how do we respond to it?”  We were then introduced to Rabbi Harold Kushner, who wrote a book called When Bad Things Happen to Good People.  Rabbi Kushner explained that there are three basic premises we […]

St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the ChurchSt. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Catherine of Siena

“I tell you, charity to our neighbors for God’s sake is the fire that cleanses the soul.” (St. Catherine of Siena) The Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (1347 – 1380) is April 29. Print this entry

St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the ChurchSt. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Catherine of Siena

“I tell you, charity to our neighbors for God’s sake is the fire that cleanses the soul.” (St. Catherine of Siena) The Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (1347 – 1380) is April 29. Print this entry

"St. John of the Cross" (detail) by Francisco de Zurbarán"St. John of the Cross" (detail) by Francisco de Zurbarán

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John of the Cross

“On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings — oh, happy chance! — I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest.” (St. John of the Cross; Ascent of Mount Carmel, Dark Night of the Soul, Stanza 1; translated by E Allison Peers) The Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church […]