Pope Benedict XVI

"The Adoration of the Magi" (detail) by Jan de Bray

The Courage of the Magi

January 6 is the traditional feast of the Epiphany, twelve days after Christmas.  I’ve always been intrigued by the Magi.  Their story forms the majority of Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, and yet there remain so many questions about these mysterious figures. Where did they come from? How did they know to follow the star? What did […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“The love, loyalty and dedication of Mary and Joseph are an example for all Christian couples, who are neither the friends nor masters of their children’s lives, but the guardians of this incomparable gift from God.” (Pope Benedict XVI, December 30, 2012) Please share on social media. Print this entry

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves. By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and […]

Four Helpful Tips for When You Find the Rosary Difficult

My guardian angel has prayed more rosaries than I have.  There’s a pious saying that if you fall asleep while praying your prayers, your guardian angel finishes them. Well, for many years, I knew I should be saying a daily rosary, but I thought if I started the Creed as my head hit the pillow at night, I could at […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“Truth needs to be sought, found and expressed within the ‘economy’ of charity, but charity in its turn needs to be understood, confirmed and practised in the light of truth.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009, Caritas in veritate #2b, Encyclical) Print this entry

Madonna of the Rosary (detail) by Guido Reni

Why the Rosary Matters

I think I probably scandalized a whole room full of women a few months ago when I was leading a women’s day of reflection. They had asked me about my daily prayer routine, and I mentioned that if saying the Rosary was difficult or tedious, maybe you should do something else. My sister joked that I wasn’t going to be invited […]

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Radical Acceptance of God’s Will

Not long ago a priest shared some guidance with my wife and me that has been the cause of a great deal of conversation and reflection in our home.  In response to learning that we pray every day about our oldest son’s future and that he be healed of his autism, he encouraged us to pray first for acceptance. Let […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“In this world of ours, in which, despite the profession of good intentions, the value of the person, of human dignity and human rights is seriously threatened by the widespread tendency to have recourse exclusively to the criteria of utility, profit and material possessions, it is important not to detach the concept of justice from its transcendent roots. Justice, indeed, […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“Finally, Newman teaches us that if we have accepted the truth of Christ and committed our lives to him, there can be no separation between what we believe and the way we live our lives. Our every thought, word and action must be directed to the glory of God and the spread of his Kingdom. Newman understood this, and was […]

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His Power

“Let us go forth to see ourselves in Thy beauty.” Postulancy is the first stage of religious life and no matter how old one is, or how much life experience one has, this initial introduction to life in the convent has a way of dismantling any existing illusions of self-sufficiency.  Religious life is a supernatural life of faith that is […]