spirituality

St. Thérèse of Lisieux (left) and St. Teresa of Avila (right)

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal | St. Teresa and St. Thérèse

by Sister Mary Colombiere, OCD Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high and low, Follow every highway, Every path you know. Do you remember […]

Religion and Spirituality

Sometimes, Catholics get stuck… Some get stuck on their “Sunday obligation” — which is the minimum commitment and they think that’s all that’s required. Others get stuck on religious rules and regulations and think if they just mind their manners they’ll be just fine with the Lord. Others get stuck on doctrine and dogma and liturgical regulations and think if […]

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Let Your Prayer Life Explode with Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

I know I should carve out more time for family and sleep. And prayer. Especially prayer. If only I prayed more, then everything else would go smoother. So I make the effort. And then my phone rings. Or the dogs bark at something. Or… well, you get the picture. Recently, however, something has changed for me. I’ve met Blessed Elizabeth […]

My NBA D-League Elevator Pitch — New Evangelization in Action!

“Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your […]

Contemplation for the Christmas Season

by Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Sometimes the early morning sky, just before the light of the new day dawns, is so still and quiet that I think I am at the threshold of heaven. The atmosphere itself is permeated in a prayerful stillness. The beauty of these moments absorbs my total being and resonates within my soul. Prayer is easy […]

Advent in Carmel — Watching and Waiting!

by Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, […]

St Thérèse of Lisieux

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal | St. Teresa and St. Thérèse

by Sister Mary Colombiere, OCD Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high and low, Follow every highway, Every path you know. Do you remember […]

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For God…For Others

by Sister Maria Goretti, OCD “Sisters, there is nothing in our life that can’t be for others.” These words of Father Patrick Angelucci, SDB, the main celebrant and homilist for First Profession, continually run through my mind as I reflect on the meaning of my First Profession of Vows. Since First Profession, I daily reflect on the tremendous grace that […]

A Suitable Sign…Getting to Know Saint Thérèse

“Look, in six months, I am going to graduate and I will need to start making some big decisions. I need to know what you want me to do with my life. If you want me to be a religious, you’ve got six months.” * * * * * When I was first introduced to Saint Thérèse as a young adult, […]

Surfing and Spirituality

Nothing is more important than our journey to God, or “the spiritual life,” as many writers call it. For this is our ultimate reason for living. It’s what each of us was born for.  Nearly all who write about the spiritual life distinguish stages in it. For it’s clearly like a road on which we move, and change, and progress.  […]