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Daily Reflection—Lord, I am not worthy…

"Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant" (detail) by Paolo Veronese [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “But the centurion answered him, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.’” (Matthew 8:8) Another Advent Season has begun and we must be sure we know who and where we are. Before we can journey […]

On Living Intentionally

Man at Prayer

“Will-power. A very important quality. Don’t despise little things, for by the continual practice of denying yourself again and again in such things—which are never futile or trivial—with God’s grace you will add strength and resilience to your character. In that way you will first become master of yourself, and then a guide, a chief, a leader: to compel and […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

“It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, Interior Castle, First Mansion, Chapter 1) The Memorial of St. Teresa of of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582) is October 15. Please share on […]

Praying the Daily Examen

Man at Prayer

I have had numerous discussions recently about finding time for daily prayer and reflection.  People have been interested in how I keep the Jesuit Daily Examen on my calendar, so I am sharing it here along with suggested times.  The Examen is one of the most effective (and easiest) ways I know to have scheduled reflection and prayer throughout the […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

“It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, Interior Castle, First Mansion, Chapter 1) The Memorial of St. Teresa of of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582) is October 15. Print this entry

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

“It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, Interior Castle, First Mansion, Chapter 1) October 15 is the Memorial of St. Teresa of of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582). Print this entry

Taking Aggressive Action

Photography © by Andy Coan

Radio talk show hosts make a living on it.  Day after day, they bring before our eyes stupid, unjust and wasteful situations in order to provoke outrage.  We love to listen and get ourselves all worked up.  Our indignation keeps us tuned in, which makes their advertisers happy. It’s easy to focus on the outrageous things done by some government […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

“It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, Interior Castle, First Mansion, Chapter 1) October 15 is the Memorial of St. Teresa of of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582). Print this entry

On Heavy Burdens and Negative Patterns

Confessionals

I have been thinking a great deal about my recent experience at Reconciliation. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning. I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of the numerous […]

An Ode to Glamour

Artwork © by Jef Murray

“Far over the Misty Mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away, ere break of day, To seek our pale enchanted gold.” The poem and song echo through my mind this week. It is a fact that I never heard a melody setting for Tolkien’s original poem that truly fit it; that is, until Howard Shore’s recent […]