“Do not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son (Pope John Paul II).” I’ve been there. I know how it feels to be […]
It’s the poisonous thought followed by the feeling of self-loathing. It’s remembering the wrong choice from a month ago, a week ago, or even from yesterday, followed by the sinking feeling in your gut that you’re just no good, that you’re stuck, that as hard as you try you won’t be able to break the […]
Note: This is an edited post from a blog I had written in 2009. I thought it would be fitting to repost it for Christmas. In 1925, the New York World publication celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with a cartoon that has become something of a classic. Two Kentucky farmers are pictured talking over […]
This is a re-post from Sept. 2009. I thought it was fitting for this wonderful Solemnity of All Saints. Enjoy. And, as always, feel free to comment and to spread the word about liveholiness.com. Above my desk where my Macbook, printer, and lamp share their home, hangs a large framed print of one of my […]
Recently I read Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire by Fr. Joseph Langford and I rate it as one of the best spiritual books I’ve ever read. It touched me deeply. At some point I hope to write a review; but for now, here’s a beautiful quote from the book to start your week. “If we were […]
One of the great blessings of my life is being chaplain at La Salle Academy. It’s hard to describe the joy I experience being with 1500 teenagers on an almost daily basis. I see so much good in these young people. Psalm 16 states, “You have put into my heart a marvelous love for the […]
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.