St. Augustine

Struggling with a Restless Heart

“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 focused on the path Christ […]

"The Sower" by Jean-François Millet [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Isn’t My Faith Stronger?

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 charity. Through our prayer and […]

Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica

Purifying Our Hearts

Effective prayer always requires preparation. Some of the most important preparation required is making sure our hearts are clear of anything that might impede the quality of our prayer. The Psalms provide us some of the best scriptural advice we can find on how to both prepare for and offer effective prayers. They also have a way of getting to […]

Why Do We Follow a Secular Compass?

I don’t know about you, but I rarely get through the day without feeling beaten up a little by the demands and pervasive negative influence of the world. It is difficult to find peace and block out the noise. I am challenged to avoid committing the same venial sins over and over each day. In my weakness, I tend to […]

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

The Lord Draws Near… Rejoice!

All across the parish I am encountering people who give witness to the nearness of the Lord. The consolations received, the passion expressed, the apostolic zeal displayed, all give evidence to the Lord’s grace in the life of the parish family. This is not unusual for our parish, but again this Advent and during the weeks that led up to […]

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

Daily Quote — St. Augustine of Hippo

“He came as Savior. He died, but he vanquished death. In himself he put an end to what we feared; he took it upon himself and he vanquished it—as a mighty hunter he captured and slew the lion.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Homily 233.3) The Memorial of St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace (A.D. 354 – 430) is August […]

The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail) by Lucas van Leyden [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Anthony on Spiritual Reading

  St. Athanasius (A.D. 296-373) was the Bishop of Alexandria and is a Doctor of the Church. He tells us that his orthodox heart was formed in the desert where he used to serve St. Anthony (A.D. 251 – 356), and out of this service came the spiritual masterpiece The Life of Antony. This biography alone is a wonder worth […]

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Augustine of Hippo

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom, are justly hailed as ‘infant martyr flowers’; they were the Church’s first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace) The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs, is December 28. The Memorial of […]