spiritual reading

A Review of Patience and Humility

A review of Patience and Humility, Will Bernard Ullathorne, O.S.B., Sophia Institute Press — May 1, 1998 So—it’s the third week of Lent and you’re still trying to decide what to take on or give up. Some of our Lenten goals go well, others not so well. If you’re stuck, you may want to start small. Finding a book entitled Patience and […]

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The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer — A Review by Mary Hartwell

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26). Why do most people find it hard to pray… really pray? Prayer is our spiritual highway to God and we cannot arrive at that destination […]

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 […]

Father Jacques Philippe

Are You Thirsting for Prayer?

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (Phil 4:6) For many of us prayer doesn’t come easily. Spontaneous prayer in time of trouble or crisis often takes the form of singular pleading, “God help me.” This direct cry to Him indicates our thirst for Him. It is […]

When God is Silent — Finding spiritual peace amid the storms of life

  There are few among us who haven’t gone through suffering—mental, spiritual or emotional and wondered where God was in the turmoil. In his book, When God is Silent (Sophia Institute Press), Archbishop Martinez introduces us to the idea that Jesus is not gone—he is sleeping. Martinez expands the idea using the example of Christ asleep in the boat on Lake Tiberias. […]

Being an Extraordinary Catholic is No Easy Task

Being an extraordinary Catholic is no easy task, but Randy Hain’s new book Joyful Witness – How To Be An Extraordinary Catholic gives examples and insights of just those Catholics – those joyful witnesses. These are people who, as Randy writes, have become “better versions of themselves.” Not everyone he writes about planned on being so extraordinary – it was […]

A Peek at My Prayer Corner — What I’m Reading in 2015

I recently had the great chance to be interviewed by Patheos’ Thomas MacDonald for his very cool How I Pray feature. If you haven’t checked out Tom’s interviewees (including Elizabeth Scalia), be sure to check here for some inspiration. The interview left me thinking about how I’d like to be more organized about my prayer resources in the New Year. One of […]

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St. Anthony on Spiritual Reading

  St. Athanasius (A.D. 296-373) was the Bishop of Alexandria and is a Doctor of the Church. He tells us that his orthodox heart was formed in the desert where he used to serve St. Anthony (A.D. 251 – 356), and out of this service came the spiritual masterpiece The Life of Antony. This biography alone is a wonder worth […]

St. Athanasius

Daily Catholic Quote 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) May 2 is the Memorial of St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church (295 – 373) […]