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A Practical Plan for Advent 2020

The Annunciation (detail) by Caravaggio

If we lose our focus on the Lord, neither his coming in past history, nor his coming at the end of time will have much meaning for us. We will be like the people who Isaiah describes, “There is no one that calls upon thy name, that bestirs himself to take hold of thee” (Isaiah 64:7). “Take heed, watch and pray…” […]

Live Life Gratefully (and You Will Never Regret It)

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” (G. K. Chesterton) I remember at a very young age the constant urging of my parents to always say “thank you” in response to any kindness or friendly words shared in my direction. For many years, I saw this advice […]

To Etch the Stars

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Mary R. Finnegan.                                                                                                                           To Etch the Stars It is a day without form, dark as night, a dirty rain falls. Still, I walk out, into the chaos, see the cosmos as it was before: a sea in storm, everything waiting for the breath of God to tame the wild […]

To Love as the Lord Loves

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). In John 14:15, Jesus tells his apostles, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  In this passage, Jesus is preparing His Apostles for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. After three long years with them, these are among His final words […]

Nice Book, If You Can Get It

Photo by Kim Frei

Looking for a good read? I recommend Brendan Hodge’s new work, If You Can Get It (Ignatius Press). If You Can Get It is a well written, engaging novel that intelligently explores living meaningfully in today’s superficial world. An educated Catholic friend recommended it to me. The title lodged Gershwin’s song in my head, so I picked up the book […]

Accepting the Rule of Christ

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  “Does He reign over my mind, will, and heart?” For those of us who call the United States of America our home, Christ the King might not be the image of Jesus that resonates with us the most. We have been raised on stories of the American Revolution more often than those of Sts. Henry II, Louis IX, or […]

Lessons from Emmaus Road for the Anxious and Discouraged

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

We are all likely familiar with the “walk to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) by two of Christ’s disciples the evening of the Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel.  These two men, overcome with hopelessness and discouragement, were talking about the incredible events they had witnessed over the previous few days as they were walking to their home village of Emmaus outside of Jerusalem.  […]

Molten Glass

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by John Darretta.                                                                                                                           Molten Glass Soft colors slowly shift along the ancient chancel wall, trails of light beaming through a tinted window at my back, as from without, above the whir of traffic and stir of life, burning sun pierces the glass, suffusing hues in trails of light, streaming them […]

The Real Stuff of Holiness

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

As we continue to move in unknown spaces and times of uncertainty, REMEMBER your blessings and use your TIME well. Rest in the knowledge of God’s faithfulness. Be the saint you are called to be. Our world needs saints today. Our world needs you. In my book, time is an elusive thing. So is the memory. Both are hard to […]