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Discovering God in Silence

A prayerful, meditative silence is the mother of truth. God cannot be found in noise and agitation. His true power and love are revealed in what is hardly perceptible, in the gentle breeze that requires stillness and quiet to detect. In silence, God listens to us. In silence, listen to Him. In silence, God speaks to our souls and the […]

We Cannot Excuse Ourselves

"The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (detail) by Jan Wijnants

As Catholics, we have a wonderful opportunity over the next week as we patiently await the arrival of Jesus to show our co-workers, friends, family, community and the world the beauty of our faith and the great capacity for love in our hearts.  As we prepare ourselves, what are we doing to help others?  How do we keep our focus […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves. By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and […]

The Danger of Martha’s Vindication

"Christ in the House of Mary and Martha" (detail) by Johannes Vermeer

I have noticed a troubling trend in past years when the Gospel reading about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Christ surfaces. Of course we all know the passage: “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the […]

Discovering God in Silence

A prayerful, meditative silence is the mother of truth. by Sister Mary Clare, O.C.D. Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles God cannot be found in noise and agitation. His true power and love are revealed in what is hardly perceptible, in the gentle breeze that requires stillness and quiet to detect. In silence, God listens to […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor

“Half an hour of listening is essential except when one is very busy. Then, a full hour is needed.” (St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church) January 24 is the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622), Bishop and Doctor of the Church If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and […]

Encountering the Word — John 10:27-28

Photography © by Andy Coan

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below […]

Discovering God in Silence

A prayerful, meditative silence is the mother of truth. Spirituality Series – Discovering God in Silence by Sister Mary Clare, O.C.D. Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles God cannot be found in noise and agitation. His true power and love are revealed in what is hardly perceptible, in the gentle breeze that requires stillness and quiet […]

Five Steps to Better Parenting

“Dad, can we throw the football?”  The fall football season is in full swing and this is an almost daily request from my 12 year old son during the week when I get home from work and it is repeated throughout the weekend, especially at commercial breaks when our favorite teams are playing.  Depending on the sports season, weather and […]