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Joseph’s Consolation

St. Joseph and the Christ-Child, Belmont Abbey

The rhythmic sound of a man steadily hammering away at work always brings to mind our dear St. Joseph. What a man! St. Joseph was a strong workman as so many good men who labor to provide the basics for their families today. Like them, Joseph came home tired after a long day at work. How happy he must have […]

Carmelite Spirituality—Solitude and Prayer

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

“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 […]

Father Joseph Henchey: Jesus’ Holy Henchman


I have been blessed to know hundreds of great priests whose friendship, words and example have made me a more faithful disciple and more fervent missionary. But the one who had the greatest impact of all, the one who never failed to inspire me — and countless other lay people, seminarians, priests, religious, and bishops — died on April 7, during […]

Easter Song

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by George Herbert.                                                                                                                   Easter Song I got me flowers to straw Thy way, I got me boughs off many a tree; But Thou wast up by break of day, And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee. The sun arising in the East, Though he give light, and th’ East […]

Stations 1 / 8 / 14

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                      Stations 1 / 8 / 14 1. Judgment Amazed he was at his naivete, This Jewish “king” from some pathetic town Up north. Had he not well enough conveyed The power he had to nail the fellow down? —The wife comes running with her sordid dream; And “Crucify […]

The Waiting

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton.                                                                                                                      The Waiting Inspired by St Bernard of Clairvaux’s Homily on Our Lady’s Fiat. Homily 4, 8-9: Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 4 [1966], 53-54 What sigh or song or sob flew out, unleashed From angel lips, as Spirit’s fathering Word? What innocence in girl and angel stirred, As each […]