Friday, January 19, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Blessed Feast of St. Margaret of Hungary!
St. Margaret of Hungary was born in 1242, daughter of King Bela IV. She beecame a Dominican novice at the age of twelve and resided in a convent built on an island in the Danube. Although she was a princess among nuns, she objected to any special treatment and went out of her way to perform the most menial tasks to help the poor and sick. A life of extreme austerity lead to great fatigue and her ultimate death on January 18, 1271. (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia)
St. Margaret of Hungary, pray for us!
In the Age of Technology, Be Present to God and Others:
"Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed sitting silently watching the snow fall. I can vividly remember as a child watching it fall in large, fluffy flakes outside my Montana classroom in grade school. While the classroom bustled and my classmates chatted away during free-time, I would sit and watch the snow fall. I …"
Fear, Men, and the Locked Doors of Our Hearts:
"Men are more wired to assess threats than women; maybe that is partly why the disciples hid in fear behind locked doors after Jesus’ crucifixion (see John 20:19-23). Fear perceives the other as the enemy. Fear underlies all sin—any attack on the dignity of the human person. It becomes a problem when we fear the …"
New Year, New Mindset: How to Effectively Practice Resolutions:
"It’s that time of year again where we are starting to work on our New Year’s resolutions. While resolutions can bring hope for a happier, healthier year ahead, they can also cause unnecessary stress. We might start out strong for the first few weeks or so, but as we get back to our normal, busy …"
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Deeper Into the Desert: Imitating St. Antony the Great:
"Many of us, by humbly and appropriately adapting the monastic wisdom of St. Antony, can benefit from and imitate the saint’s attitudes, teachings, and practices..."
Responding to Jesus’ Invitation:
"Two characters catch our attention in Sunday’s Readings. There is Eli who helped the young Samuel respond to God’s calling. Then there is Andrew in the Gospel who invited his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus. These two characters were divine instruments in the vocation of Samuel and Peter. But these two characters differed in …"
Pursuing Asceticism: St. Augustine & St. Anthony of Egypt:
“A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God’” (Isaiah 40:3, RSV-CE). This prophecy was written concerning St. John the Baptist (Mark 1:3), who lived in the desert and called the Israelite people to repentance through baptism (Mark 1:4-8). St. John was …"
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Add the Daily Examen to Your Prayer Life:
"Saint Ignatius insisted on never neglecting the Daily Examen. For no reason whatsoever would this great saint justify skipping over and neglecting this all important prayer. Starting now, why not make a proposal to make your own personal Daily Examen. If done, the fruits are countless and blessings copious from such a tool, an indispensable tool to …"
A Novena to Saint Peregrine: Please Pray for Cancer Patients:
"Late last summer, my friend, Christy, told me that her three-year-old son, Paul, had been diagnosed with leukemia. My heart broke for their family. I wanted to do something to help them, but they were hundreds of miles away. Thankfully, the God of mercy allows us to help others from far away with one mighty …"