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Ask a Carmelite Sister Dear Sister, I worry a lot. I worry about myself and my family. People sometimes tell me that I worry far too much. I can’t help it. As a child, I was trained to be responsible and was held accountable by my parents. Now that I am married, have a husband… Continue reading How to Overcome Worry by Trusting in God’s Providence
In St. John’s Gospel, there is the account of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41). It is the sixth of the seven signs recounted by St. John that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments… Continue reading That You May See
Feeling let down by politicians and public figures who say they are Catholic, but their words and actions are often contrary to the teachings of the Church? Do we seek good examples for ourselves, our children or our grandchildren to emulate because we hope they will demonstrate in word and deed what it means to… Continue reading Where are the “Regular” Catholic Heroes?
The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Most of us have felt on occasion that things were going so badly that we just wished we could start all over! A second chance! Or maybe your life is not going that well and you realize that you are just not the person you should be.… Continue reading A Second Chance
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Merry Christmas! It is a wonderful time as we celebrate our Savior’s birth with friends and loved ones. It is also an appropriate time to focus on what is most important and reject the siren call of our culture. I enjoyed this… Continue reading Keeping the Memory of Christmas and Resisting the Siren Call of Our Culture
“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee” (St. Augustine, Confessions). I think most writers are naturally introspective and reflective. While praying in preparation for Lent not long ago, I prayed for strength and courage to stay… Continue reading Struggling with a Restless Heart
Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is undergoing from within that person’s frame of reference. Much of August I could not help imagining myself in the situation of Father Matthew Hood of the Archdiocese of Detroit. On August 6, presumably after celebrating Mass on the Feast of the Lord’s transfiguration, Hood’s life… Continue reading The Pastoral Malpractice of Liturgical Abuse
Dear Sister, I worry a lot. I worry about myself and my family. People sometimes tell me that I worry far too much. I can’t help it. As a child, I was trained to be responsible and was held accountable by my parents. Now that I am married, have a husband and children of my… Continue reading Overcome Worry by Trusting God
We all know in general terms what God requires of us. He requires our love of Him and our love of others. He has given us His Church in which to gather and grow as His family. Through worship at Holy Mass and receiving Him in Holy Communion, we are strengthened in faith, hope and… Continue reading Why Isn’t My Faith Stronger?