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Once Upon a Day of Prayer—Rediscovering St. Thérèse

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1873 – 1897) is October 1. The following is a reflection on the Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. The Little Way Every month each Carmelite Sister steps aside from her daily service to God’s people and makes a one-day spiritual retreat. To most of […]

Simplify Your Life

Man at Prayer

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all of the stress, responsibilities and challenges in your daily life? If I am honest with myself, the times I feel most anxious or stressed are usually caused by my lifelong tendency to overcomplicate things and an inclination towards “busyness”. I am grateful for the occasional insights I have into ways to address this […]

Once Upon a Day of Prayer—Rediscovering St. Thérèse

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

(The Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1873 – 1897) was yesterday, October 1. -Editors) A Reflection on the Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Every month each Carmelite Sister steps aside from her daily service to God’s people and makes a one-day spiritual retreat. To most of us, this single day […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St Thérèse of Lisieux

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person.” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux [of the Child Jesus], Virgin and Doctor of the Church) October 1 is the Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1873 – 1897) If you liked this quote, please share it […]

Happy Lent!

Lent, happy?  But of course.  If Lent is meant to strengthen you spiritually and bring you closer to God, why wouldn’t it be a happy time?  It should be happy because it’s a holy time.  So, surely you should be wearing a big smile across your face until Easter. After forty days of increased holiness, you will be downright giddy […]

Living Simply During Lent

I once was visiting a beautiful home, finely furnished with exquisite furniture, lovely artwork and impeccable décor. However, the heavy draperies around the windows blocked most of the natural light in the rooms, and left an atmosphere of heaviness and, quite frankly, suffocation. Although the home was beautiful I couldn’t wait to leave and enjoy the freshness and plainness of […]

A Simple Christmas is not so Simple

As the days draw nearer to our celebration of the birth of the Christ child, every Christian home is preparing a way for the Lord, right?  Yeah, right. I’m betting most are pounding the mall pavement loaded with packages, fretting over gifts and trying to figure out when they will have time to write the annual Christmas letter. The Contamination […]