Sacrament

The Secrets of Your Grandmother’s Rosary

The phone rang. A terrible accident had just occurred. One of her grandchildren had just been in an accident on the farm. The faith I witnessed in that moment was enough to never forget my grandmother’s rosary. It was my cousin Drew. He had been driving the farm tractor when it accidentally flipped into a deep valley on the side […]

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

The Day the Light Dawned

I am a Carmelite Sister who teaches 200 high school students daily during five class periods beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending about 2:30 p.m. Each of my classes has forty students. Each student is a cherished, never-to-be-repeated, unique human person. Each one of them has an immortal soul, so I can truly say that there are 400 souls in my […]

"The Marriage at Cana" by Gaetano Gandolfi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A Bride and Groom; The Bride and Groom

Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer—and eager to give herself in service to others. Her husband, Nelson, is also a fine person, and he took the courageous step of becoming a Catholic in […]

United States Supreme Court

SCOTUS Decrees that Man’s Law takes Precedent over God’s Law

The Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 vote on June 26, 2015, has finally succumbed to decades of activism and propaganda. It has been decreed by the law of this land that the divine institution of marriage is no longer between one man and one woman. It shouldn’t surprise us too much, the momentum of the homosexual […]

"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost - detail) by Jean II Restout

The Glory of Pentecost

Do you ever wonder what it might have been like to be present with Christ for those three years of His public life as he preached the Kingdom of Heaven throughout the Decapolis? How many miracles of the Incarnate God might we have been privileged to witness? The Apostle John said of the Christ’s unrecorded works: “but there are also […]

Two Stumbling Blocks to Understanding the Marriage Debate

The controversy surrounding marriage has been a frenzied crescendo of rage against the Divine Institution of marriage. The obscene attacks on the definition of marriage leave most faithful souls confused. We find ourselves at a loss as to how we ought to confront the tsunami of propaganda which insanely calls morally ordered views of marriage hateful, racist, and bigoted. The […]

"The Wedding Feast at Cana" by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

The Concept, Origin and Sacramental Nature of Marriage

Marriage is a principle and guiding theme throughout the Holy Scriptures. It is the symbol and sign of God’s sacred covenant with His people. The Creation and institution of marriage appears woven throughout the Bible, first at the beginning of Genesis and last in the book of Revelation 19:9, where it says “blessed are those who are invited to the […]

Confessionals

On Heavy Burdens and Negative Patterns

I have been thinking a great deal about my recent experience at Reconciliation. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning. I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of the numerous […]

Grace Trumps Dysfunction in Marriage

Got dysfunction? Everyone has from one extent to the other: a harbored resentment, stubbornness, or jealousy, all the way to major issues such as addictions or mental illness. The dysfunctional parts of our personalities are the ones that interfere with happy marriages. Lack of forgiveness and lack of unconditional love makes us dysfunctional as marriage partners and as Catholics. I […]

Wedding Rings

Some Thoughts on Marriage

It is impossible to ignore the ongoing and hotly contested debate in our country about the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.  The partisans on both sides of the issue have well-articulated arguments defending their positions and the issue is now before the Supreme Court to determine the future of marriage in California and possibly […]