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Daily Quote — from J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” (J. R. R. Tolkien; Gandalf to Merry, Pippin, and Sam in The Return of the King) Please share on social media. Print this […]

Yes, Jesus loves me…

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

A heavy marine layer fell like a pall over Long Beach, California, bringing colder, damper weather. I had set aside the day to visit my sister and together we were going to visit our mom’s grave in All Souls’ Cemetery, right there on Cherry Avenue, just north of Memorial Hospital. We opened the car doors and began walking slowly to the site. […]

Encountering the Word — Philippians 3:7-11

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ […]

A Faith-Filled Heart — The Story Continues

Andrew Werkheiser

Why my heart is filled with faith; a true story of near-death experiences and the undeniable truth that there is a greater power. Feeling like you have your life all figured out is one heck of a feeling. But finding out you are nowhere near that point, after thinking you were, is devastating. By the time I was 20 I […]

A Faith-Filled Heart

Andrew Werkheiser

Why my heart is filled with faith; a true story of near-death experiences and the undeniable truth that there is a greater power. Imagine with me now that you are an 18-year-old college freshman and your were just admitted into the hospital. You had awoken earlier, in the middle of the night, with an extremely uncomfortable pain in your arms […]

The Inconvenient God

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

“What should I say to my friend who lost her husband?  He just died of a heart attack and she’s lost her faith in God.”  “Sorry to hear this,” I said, “maybe the funeral won’t be the time to consol her with words.  Just being there will speak for you.” “I understand, however, she will start complaining about God again […]

Hope in Times of Holiday Distress

I recently had an exchange with a friend whose family will be separated for the holidays. It’s a rather unpleasant separation, and it’s difficult for everyone involved. My heart grieved for this family; I hate to see anyone suffer at any time of year, but it’s especially hard during the holidays. I wanted to offer some consolation and hope and […]

The Inconvenient God

Christ on the Cross (detail) by Velazquez

“What should I say to my friend who lost her husband?  He just died of a heart attack and she’s lost her faith in God.”  “Sorry to hear this,” I said, “maybe the funeral won’t be the time to consol her with words.  Just being there will speak for you.” “I understand, however, she will start complaining about God again […]