spiritual life

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Seven Essential Lessons for Dads

Who Introduced You to the Lord? The first question I would like to pose, is simply this: “How did you come by your faith, whether it be weak or strong, new or old? Where and when did you first come to encounter Jesus and his glorious Gospel?” For many of us, the answer would be, “I first came to know […]

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Scrupulosity—A Beginner’s Guide

What is Scrupulosity? A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding This “Pious Problem” Recently, Simcha Fisher raised the issue of scrupulosity, the state of being perpetually afraid of sin, at the National Catholic Register.  As someone who battles scrupulosity, I was thrilled to see someone raising the issue. Scruples can plague a person and wreak all kinds of havoc in his relationship with […]

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Overcoming Sinful Anger — A Must Read for Families and Individuals

Anger is a beast. Justified or not, anger destabilizes relationships—husband and wife, families, and those in the workplace. Stress, frustration, bitterness over past or present events and situations, constant set-backs and dealing with unreasonable people contribute to the swirling vortex of anger in our culture. And then there’s politics. Anger separates us from God. Our culture is angry. In our […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Norbert

“A talkative, over-curious, and restless person is like an oven which is open and exposed on all sides, and which keeps no heat; you will never enjoy the sweetness of a quiet prayer unless you shut your mind to all worldly desires and temporal affairs.” (St. Norbert, Bishop and Founder of the Norbertines) The Optional Memorial of St. Norbert, Bishop and […]

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los AngelesPhotography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Lord, Open My Lips

“Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the day singing the Divine Office. The words of the psalms fill the air: “It […]

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

The Paschal Mystery

Burning but not consumed! This was the strange sight that Moses beheld in the desert—a bush on fire yet contained. Such a strange phenomenon! Moses moved closer to examine the mystery before him. “No, Moses, stop where you are and remove your sandals for this is holy ground!” This was no natural mystery as Moses would now realize, but one […]

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Unfaithful “Catholic” Colleges

In 1972, the Venerable Fulton Sheen said something like, “I recommend that my relatives send their college-bound children to secular colleges where they will have to fight for their faith, rather than to Catholic colleges where it will be stolen from them.” Catholics in America stand witness to so-called “catholic” colleges as onlookers once looked on the naked emperor without […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Athanasius

“You will not see anyone who is really striving after his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading. And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon be observed by his progress.”  (St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church (295 – 373) is May […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (from Abandonment is the Sweet Fruit of Love, 1897) In peace, Sweet Jesus, I want to wait for your return, Without ever ceasing My canticles of love. No, nothing worries me. Nothing can trouble me. My soul knows how to fly Higher than the lark. Above the clouds […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from 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) The Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1873 – 1897) is October 1. Print this entry