spiritual life

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

Set before you this day… Sin, Choice, and the Lesser of Two Goods

“Why is it that any time we speak of temptation we always speak of temptation as something that inclines us to wrong. We have more temptations to become good than we do to become bad.” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen) There are some things no one wants to talk about, death, taxes…our recent political cycle, but there’s one thing that must be addressed by us […]

"The Torment of St. Anthony" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Torment of St. Anthony

St. Athanasius of Alexandria gifted us a beautiful account of a great saint in the Life of Antony. St. Anthony grew up in a good, loving, wealthy and faithful home in Egypt. He was not drawn to learning his letters, but he was a devoted and obedient son who paid close attention by hearing what was read in his home […]

St. Teresa's Interior Castle

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism inherent in the diamond. […]

A Boundless and Profound Beauty

It takes courage and perseverance to walk this journey, but it is filled with a peace the world cannot give and a boundless and profound beauty leading to eternal glory in Heaven. We were created to gaze upon endless, eternal beauty. All of us were born with an unrelenting, deep thirst that will never be satisfied fully in this life. […]

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

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. John of the Cross

“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” (St. John of the Cross, Dichos 64) The Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church (A.D. 1542 – 1591) is December 14. Please Share this quote on social media. Print this entry

Why does my faith walk seem so lonely to me at times?

Dear Sister, Sometimes the living of my Catholic faith is a lonely walk for me. Why is that?  Am I doing anything wrong?  Sometimes I think, “Am I the only one feeling this way?” I’ve never had theology classes and would appreciate anything you could send my way to help me understand why I feel so alone sometimes in my […]

Watching and Waiting During Advent in Carmel

Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. […]

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Solitude and Carmelite Spirituality

“Solitude is not an empty space, a void; it is an encounter with the God who loves us…” Dear Sister, What aspect of Carmelite Spirituality do you find most helpful for your prayer? Dear Friend, The short answer to your question is solitude. Here is the longer answer… Since all prayer begins with adoration, the environment surrounding my prayer must […]

Christ the King Annunciation Melkite Catholic Cathedral in Roslindale, Massachusetts

America: Trust in God, Not People

As I write this, I have no clue who will win the office of presidency for my home country, the United States of America.  I don’t know who will fill the hundreds of empty Congressional seats and the various gubernatorial ones either.  For weeks, months even, my heart has been clouded by a sense of impending doom and gloom, mostly […]

St. Thérèse of Lisieux (left) and St. Teresa of Avila (right)

St. Teresa and St. Thérèse

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high and low, Follow every highway, Every path you know. Do you […]