Monday, May 22, 2017
Benedict Option Is Really the Augustine Option - Crisis Magazine:
"The Benedict Option isn’t what you think it is. Adorning the cover of Rod Dreher’s much-discussed new book is what appears to be an ancient monastery, clutching a mountaintop. Below is a blue lake, cropped by scraps of land. A mist broods over it. Rising above the mist, the monastery seems aloft, almost cloud-borne, the …"
We Are Travelers:
" Memorial Day weekend approaches. And with it will come the beginning of the summer vacation season. According to one survey, close to half of all Americans took a long-distance vacation in the summer of 2014, traveling an average of nearly 300 miles from home. They went to beaches and big cities, lakes and resorts.
New Fatima Resources for the 100th Anniversary:
" The Catholic Church greeted May 13, 2017 with great celebration as Pope Francis traveled to Fatima for the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first apparition in 1917. My hope is that we will celebrate Fatima throughout the following six months since Mary appeared also on the 13th of June, July, September and October. In August the …"
St. Rita of Cascia:
"In 1381, St. Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy, to elderly parents who were such examples of Christian charity that they were known as “Peacemakers of Jesus Christ.” As devout as they were, however, they seem to have been somewhat misguided when they insisted on St. Rita’s marriage, at the age of 12, to a …"
From Despair to Hope: Job’s Extraordinary Journey:
"The Book of Job seems the least likely of any in the Old Testament to be hopeful. Sure, it ultimately ends happily, but it’s the titular character’s existential angst and his sheer, unending misery that dominates. From the beginning, the mood is one of despair and gloom. After a series of calamities strikes him and …"
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Abolish Ordinary Time - Crisis Magazine:
"With Ascension and Pentecost looming, and with their passage an end to the Paschal season, it’s time to reconsider and abolish Ordinary Time. As dramatically drastic as this may sound, it would not be a move without precedent. For centuries, for most of Church history in fact, there was no Ordinary Time on the Catholic …"
The Apostle of the Rockies: Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ:
"Every year on the Feast of the Assumption, Catholics of native descent hold a powwow at Idaho’s oldest building, Sacred Heart Mission in Cataldo. For more than 150 years the Coeur d’Alenes have handed down the story of the Jesuit missionary who healed their chief’s daughter and brought the gospel to their people. This annual …"
St. Bernardine of Siena (Priest):
"The Italian priest St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) was known for his preaching and his popularity with ordinary people. As a young man, he cared for an elderly woman on her deathbed; she constantly pronounced the name “Jesus” with great devotion. Bernardine was profoundly affected, and decided to make the name of Jesus the theme …"
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Supreme Gift (John 14:13-21):
“The spiritual building up of the body of Christ is brought about by love…” – St. Fulgentius of Ruspe John 14:13-21: ‘Whatever you ask for in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it. If you …
Scripture Speaks: Christ in Us:
"Today’s readings deepen our understanding of the mystery of Easter: Christ rose from the dead to live His life again in us. Gospel (Read Jn 14:15-21) Today we continue in Jesus’ Last Supper Discourse with the Twelve. He is speaking forthrightly to His friends about an imminent change in their three-year jaunt with the itinerant …"
Do You Love God?:
" Do you love God? It’s the most basic, important question anyone will ever ask you, and you will ever answer. Many of us reply too quickly and easily, “Of course I do!” This Sunday Jesus shines a bright light on what loving Him really means: “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments,” (John 14:15-21). …"
Thursday, May 18, 2017
What Does it Mean to be a Victim with Christ? (Live the Eucharist Series Part III):
"Victim with Christ In the last two posts [part one here, part two here] we have been exploring the capacity that we have to intimately live the Eucharist, to worship well and to live the mystery fruitfully. We explored how we develop a receptivity to Jesus in the Eucharist by letting Him take possession of …"
Getting Out of God’s Way & Cooperating with His Divine Plan:
"All of us have areas in our lives where we get in God’s way. This is most evident in relation to the sins we struggle with on a daily basis. Sin is not a private matter. Our sins impact not only our own soul, but the people around us, whether we realize this truth or …"
Thy Will Be Mine
St. Joseph: Our Model for Fatherhood:
"St. Joseph, as Jesus’ spiritual father, can also be our father. Spiritual fatherhood (or motherhood) includes any action of care for others, i.e., the corporal or spiritual works of mercy..."
Tools Not Toys: Of Narnia and Confirmation:
"You are never too young to join the mission of the Church. You are never old enough to quit learning and growing. You find yourselves now, not at the completion of your journey but smack-dab in the middle, Chapter 10 of the novel. Run towards Jesus. Take up those precious gifts of your Confirmation and use them. Know each one intimately and pray for their increase, choose the best tool for your tasks and employ them wisely."
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A Vow of Stability: A Call to Commitment in an Age of Choice:
"Recently, while traveling for business, I was tired after a long day and so began scrolling through the channels on the hotel television. Because there was next to nothing worth watching on the hundreds of channels available, I finally settled on a mildly interesting house hunting show. If you haven’t seen this kind of show, …"
Thy Will Be Mine