sacrifice

Daily Reflection — From the Heart

“This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances; you shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 26:16) God has loved and blessed us. Each of us has been placed in this life as pilgrims on a journey. The gift of Salvation is freely offered. […]

Daily Reflection — Out of the Depths

“Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Psalm 130:1-4). Lent is a time to start again; to take stock of […]

Daily Reflection — Made for a Purpose

“O God, who have taught us to chasten our bodies for the healing of our souls, enable us, we pray, to abstain from all sins, and to strengthen our hearts to carry out your loving commands…” (Collect, Monday of the Second Week of Lent). We are not accidents of nature, we are made deliberately and designed for a purpose. One of the first […]

The Meaning of Lenten Sacrifice

Photography © by Andy Coan

On the Second Sunday of Lent, the church places together the story of Abraham and Isaac on Mt. Moriah with the story of Jesus and three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration.  Together, these stories teach us the meaning of Lenten sacrifice. This post focuses on Abraham, Isaac, Moriah and the Transfiguration. It is a reflection on the readings for the Second […]

Why Do Catholics Abstain from Meat on Fridays and Fast?

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

Would you like to know the secret to a better, deeper, more joyful life in Christ? Of course you would.  We all would. Our bookstores are filled with books written to help us advance in prayer and the spiritual life. The “secret” we all look for is really no secret at all.  At its heart, the gospel message is one […]

How am I to understand suffering?

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

One of the things with which we so often struggle is to understand our condition in a fallen world. Each of us, in our own way, has experienced the pain and suffering so often encountered as one journeys through this world on our road to heaven. The road to heaven is a way of suffering and sacrifice; and it leads […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Paul of the Cross

“O Jesus, my Love, may my heart be consumed in loving Thee; make me humble and holy; give me childlike simplicity; transform me into thy holy love. O Jesus, life of my life, joy of my soul, God of my heart, accept my heart as an altar, on which I will sacrifice to Thee the gold of ardent charity, the […]

Writer’s Block, Ordinary Time, and Grace

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

During the first weeks of Ordinary Time, whether it is after Christmas or Easter, I generally find myself faced with writer’s block.  Is it the mental overload of Christmas or Easter? Is it the busyness of work as we get back into the routine? Is it the weather? This week there aren’t even any large feast days on the liturgical […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“Therefore the Eucharistic Celebration is much more than simple banquet: it is exactly the memorial of Jesus’ Pascal Sacrifice, the mystery at the centre of salvation. Memorial does not simply mean a remembrance, a mere memory; it means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we participate in the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.” (Pope Francis, […]

Four Ways to Keep Christmas With You

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

After the calendar turns over its last page and the New Year’s celebrations have come and gone, I’m the one stubbornly still telling people “Merry Christmas!,” no matter what crazy looks I get. I’m listening to Christmas music as I type this, and the Magi of my Nativity scene are still over on a bookcase, making their way to their […]