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21D—of itself, it signified an aisle seat in the 21st row of the Boeing aircraft. To Mr. Harrison, librarian, the letter signified the World History section of the Library of …

So I’m sitting in the chapel this morning (on the feast of the Sacred Heart) praying  and the question sort of pops into my head: how can you find or …

  Every man needs to be tried and tested, and pushed to expand his limits. We need to be challenged like every runner challenge his muscles in training, for only …

Prayer is in the Heart of Man             More than once I have been asked by people how to pray. From the horse farmer I once met on a plane …

On Ash Wednesday we hear, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  The words remind me where I’ve come from: God’s own hand drew man from …

Quite a few years ago, I read an article titled “What Doctors Won’t Tell You.” The content was basically secrets that doctors don’t tell their patients like tricks to pay …

Are you Catholic, millennial, and wondering how to take the next step in your spiritual life? If so, then you will love ‘One Step Closer: 40 Doses of Motivation, Hacks, and …

For Lent, RC Spirituality has published my Meditations on the Way of the Cross and Fr John Bartunek made an amazing audio recording. In Meditations on the Way of the Cross, I …

White pinpoint in the night days of life’s rough voyage – Long had i searched for that lonely glitter, that far off tip of a last hopefilled straw. But my …

Darren Wallace, LC Starting the Adventure of Philosophy Growing up, I was always more of an action/oriented type of person, and not your typical intellectual and lover of snuggling up …

With its film Coco, Pixar opens up the world of pre-colonial Mexican belief in the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  Miguel, the main character, longs to be a …

 “When the gong sounds, get the hell out of there. You’re neither of you up to the blood bath at the Cornucopia. Just clear out, put as much distance as …

I’ve often heard while discerning my vocation to the priesthood that a vocation is like a seed: you don’t know what it is until you water it and give it …

Tucked away in the Italian hills north of Rome is a little town called Monteflavio from which one can see the ruins of a Medieval village, the original Monteflavio, which …

When asked how long our formation for the priesthood is, a dropped jaw is usually the response we get after saying “14 years.” “Why does it take so long? You …

 Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and …

Lord, help me to tune out all that isn’t you.  I don’t want to be a radio whose dial keeps spinning so there’s no way to hear any one thing …

When you’re walking by and see this: … you can’t just look away and pretend nothing happened. It might be the vibrant red that hits you in the face or …

 Br Joseph Ory “Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy.” (Gaudete in Domino I) Chilling words, not because the …

A few months ago I was visiting a town west of Mexico City called Valle de Bravo and had the chance to stop into a little Carmelite monastery and retreat …

A few years ago a friend of mine wrote a book about a priest who suffered amnesia as a result of an accident. He forgot who he was and where …

 Br Joseph Ory, LC What I learned as a kid from my mom: if you get in a fight with your brother or sister, you should both say you’re sorry, …

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit …

 Br Joseph Ory, LC As I was getting off the bus, two groups were getting on: joyful seminarians and beautiful college girls. I was taken aback at first, but that’s …

Before Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible says God and man conversed daily as friends, “walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (see Gen 3:8). Even after …

Many a time in my years following God, I have found myself complaining. “Why don’t you speak more clearly? What is up with this? I mean you are God! Things …

My Jesus, my Life, you call me through the quiet mountain breeze, through the cry of the hawk and the waving grasses.  Your voice reaches me through an endless horizon …

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