Do we give primacy to being over doing? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. For me, this summer has been quieter than usual. Yes, I’ve had office work to do, some meetings, and have been helping in parishes, but it’s been a far cry from the rat race of the academic year. In […]
Priests receive many phone calls. Some people want to speak about a crisis they’re going through; others want information on how to get married; still others need copies of their sacrament certificates. When the phone rings late at night, however, the first thought that goes through a priest’s mind is, this must be an emergency. […]
One of the most effective ways to grow in the spiritual life is by praying with the Word of God. The ancient practice of Lectio Divina (prayerfully meditating on the Scriptures) holds a privileged place in the Church’s spiritual tradition. In 2005 Pope Benedict said that “Assiduous reading of sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer makes […]
I studied Theology and Philosophy in college, and I loved it. Recently, I started to delve back into reading philosophy, and I still love it. In fact, I forgot how much I enjoy reading it. I posted the following on the members section of The Personalist Project: In Christian spirituality we often refer to growth […]
If you asked me to choose my “favorite” station of the Cross, it would be the 6th station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus. For many years I’ve been drawn to this station because I see in this scene what actually happens to us when we meditate on the life of Jesus. The name Veronica […]
What is true freedom? It’s when I am standing in the fire of temptation and I decide to choose virtue over vice, right over wrong, good over evil. By remaining in Christ and His Word, I am able to grow in true freedom. This week, I will use my freedom to choose holiness rather than […]
The Way of the Cross is the way to happiness, because the Way of Cross is self-giving love. It’s not possible to be happy by living selfishly; the only way to authentic happiness is to be selfless. Embrace the Cross in your daily life, and you will know true happiness.
One lesson that I continue to learn is that my life in the Lord is about starting over and over again. I fall, and I get up; but, with God’s grace, I keep getting up. Never despair! Remember: you can always begin again. Always.
There’s a path you can walk that leads to peace A path that leads to joy There’s a path you can walk that leads to faith A path that leads to hope There’s a path you can walk that leads to love A path that leads to God It’s the path of prayer On the […]
Do you know that the Heart of Jesus aches for you? Yes, the Heart of Jesus aches for you to be whole, to be happy, to be filled with peace.
“The people were astonished at his teaching…” (Mark 1:22) When is the last time you experienced an amazing moment, a sense of being truly astonished? Several instances come to mind when I think of amazing moments in my life: the first time I saw the morning clouds rising off the foothills of the Austrian Alps […]