perfection

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Vincent de Paul

“Perfection consists in renouncing ourselves, in carrying our cross, and in following Jesus Christ. Now, he who renounces himself most perfectly carries his cross the best and follows nearest to Jesus Christ is he who never does his own will, but always that of God.”  (St. Vincent de Paul) September 27 is the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Priest […]

Daily Reflection — Light of Christ

“Hark! a herald voice is calling through the shadows of the night. Cast away the dreams of darkness, Christ descends with heavenly light.” (from a hymn for Lauds on December 17). This life that we directly experience and live through our five material senses can seem to be all that there is. But the reality is that we see only […]

Purgatory — Perfected by the Love of God

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

Keeping it simple! Last Friday morning, while leading a bible study for about 40 retirees, the question of purgatory, the punishments due to sin, and salvation came up. They already possessed a good understanding of this important doctrine. But, the discussion reminded me that Purgatory remains one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. John of the Cross

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

“Souls will be unable to reach perfection who do not strive to be content with having nothing, in such fashion that their natural and spiritual desire is satisfied with emptiness; for this is necessary in order to reach the highest tranquility and peace of spirit. Hence the love of God in the pure and simple soul is almost continually in act.” (St. John of the Cross, Doctor of […]

Encountering the Word — Matthew 5:43-48

Photography © by Andy Coan

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Cuthbert

St. Cuthbert 12th century wall-painting in Durham Cathedral

“Even if I could possibly hide myself in a tiny dwelling on a rock, where the waves of the swelling ocean surrounded me on all sides, and shut me in equally from the sight and knowledge of men, not even thus should I consider myself to be free from the snares of a deceptive world: but even there I should […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope St. Gregory the Great

Pope St. Gregory the Great

“There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullness of perfection. (Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church) September 3 is the Memorial of Pope St. Gregory the Great […]

What Every Catholic Should Know About Purgatory

"The Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

Keeping it simple! One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least reflected on, is the teaching on purgatory. To understand and embrace this teaching does not require deep, exhausting theological study. A short and simple explanation of its meaning should wash away the distortions that cause so many people to doubt or neglect […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Thomas à Kempis

JesusChrist the King, the Alpha and the Omega

“If you cannot make yourself what you would wish to be, how can you bend others to your will? We want them to be perfect, yet we do not correct our own faults.” (Fr. Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Chapter 16) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope St. Gregory the Great

Pope St. Gregory the Great

“There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullness of perfection.” (Pope St. Gregory the Great) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family […]