Prayer / Spiritual Life

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

St. Teresa's Interior Castle

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. […]

Purifying Our Hearts

Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica

Effective prayer always requires preparation. Some of the most important preparation required is making sure our hearts are clear of anything that might impede the quality of our prayer. The Psalms provide us some of the best scriptural advice we can find on how to both prepare for and offer effective prayers. They also have a way of getting to […]

If You But Knew the Gift of God

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" (detail) by Paolo Veronese

How do you get to know someone better? When my Dad first became interested in my Mom, he learned where she lived and then went to her home hoping to visit with her. However, my grandmother was not too keen on his attempt to get closer to her and chased him away with a broom!  He didn’t give up though, […]

We Are His Offspring

"St. Paul Preaching in Athens" (detail) by Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Most Poetic Line in Any Language There is a verse in Scripture that speaks about who we are as human beings. It may not be overstating the point to suggest that it is the single best explanation of the meaning of human existence. The verse is from a speech Paul was giving to the wise men of Athens. He […]

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 […]

How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

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

In this great post from the archives, Dr. Peter Kreeft offers a beautiful and powerful reflection on the Cross of Christ and it’s impact on our life of faith as disciples of the Lord. We are grateful for generous permission to share this article here. “When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often […]

A Broken and Contrite Heart O God

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Recently I was reminded of a wonderful movie of faith, courage and redemption. It was the story from the book “Unbroken,” about the life of Louie Zamperini, an American who ran the 5,000 meter in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Louie was later drafted as a gunner aboard B-24 Bombers during World War II. He was shot down in the Pacific and […]

Pray Always?

"Road to Emmaus" (detail) by Robert Zünd [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Seriously? Pray always?” That is not an uncommon reaction to St. Paul’s admonition to pray always without ceasing. Does he know what we’re up against, the demands on our time and energy, the pace of our modern world, not to mention the fragility and inconsistency of our human nature? He can’t possibly mean always, as in, all the time and […]

Let’s All Get In the Game

"The Sower" by Jean-François Millet [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell […]

Man’s Best Friend

chair-peter-holy-spiritDetail of Chair of St. Peter Dnalor 01, Rom, Vatikan, Petersdom, Cathedra Petri (Bernini) 4, Detail, CC BY-SA 3.0

Despite what many dog lovers may believe, it turns out that man’s best friend is not our canine companions, although they are certainly high on the list. Instead, the greatest friend to man is someone most of us spend precious little time getting to know, and this Person was someone whom Jesus Christ introduced us to before He ascended to […]