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"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Eleventh Step to Humility

This is the seventeeth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Eleventh Step to Humility ‘The eleventh step of humility is that the monks quietly and with a few words for “the wise man is known for his few words.’ A monk is the original strong, silent type.  Benedict echoes the words of the New Testament […]

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Tenth Step to Humility

This is the sixteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Tenth Step to Humility ‘The tenth step of humility is that he should not be ready and quick to laughter, for it is written, “The fool raises his voice in laughter.’ St. Benedict is not against laughter and joy. He is against the kind of […]

Smiling Madonna by Jef Murray

Message from a Smiling Madonna

Things were going downhill fast. There had been an unsettling phone call from a relative, and when I tried to gently offer advice, she hung up on me. It was early morning on a cloudy day, and I felt a deep yearning to go to Mass, but my local parish doesn’t have morning Masses during the summer – so I decided to […]

On the Importance of Laughter

Australian aborigines have a most imaginative myth that speaks to both the importance and to the elusiveness of laughter.  They envisioned a Giant Frog who had swallowed all the waters of the world.  Since life cannot continue without water, a dire predicament had been created.  The only solution lay in making the Frog laugh, an action that would cause him […]

Lot’s Wife Syndrome

When I get invited to speak at women’s events, by far the most popular topic is my “Embracing the Matriarch Within” presentation. This is due, in no small part, to the fact that the topic literally animates me while I speak. In fact, if someone were to tie my hands together and mark an “X” where I was expected to […]

Radically Unreasonable Love for God’s Plans

“The tempter is not so crude as to suggest to us directly that we should worship the devil. He merely suggests that we opt for the reasonable decision, that we choose to give priority to a planned and thoroughly organized world, where God may have his place as a private concern but must not interfere in our essential purposes.” Pope […]