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Daily Reflection — A New Day

How do you begin your day? How many times in the movies and on television have you watched the early morning scene of a person smashing the snooze button on a blaring alarm clock in a frantic effort to grab just a few more moments of sleep? Maybe that describes a few of your mornings! Maybe even more than a few of […]

St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)

Daily Reflection — The Gift of the Church as Teacher

There have been many times in my life when I needed guidance about what to do. I am sure that has been true for you also.  Indeed, when we were young, we learned primarily from teachers. As we progressed, our teachers guided us to learn also from our experiences and observations. Unfortunately, there have also been times in my life […]

"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Cortona"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Cortona

Daily Reflection — Do you believe in Angels?

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14) The culture in which we […]

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Teresa of Avil

  “We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church) October 15 is the Memorial of St. […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Antony Mary Claret

“Humility, obedience, meekness, and love are the virtues that shine through the Cross and the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. O my Jesus, help me imitate you!” (St. Anthony Mary Claret) October 24 is the Optional Memorial of St. Antony Mary Claret, Bishop (1807 – 1870). Print this entry

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

“Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice. Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

What are the Essential Qualities of Prayer?

In my parish ministry and work around the archdiocese, one of the questions I receive most frequently is like the question posed to Our Lord in Luke’s Gospel, “He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’” (Luke 11:1) People simply […]

"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

“God is more pleased by one work, however small, done secretly, without desire that it be known, than a thousand done with desire that men know of them.” (St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church) December 14 is the Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church (A.D. 1542 – 1591). Print this entry

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

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

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon and Confessor) October 4 is the Memorial […]