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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 …

 by Arturo Guerra, LC A hamburger tastes better if you put some mustard, ketchup and a recently invented salsa on it.  A cake covered with chocolate frosting or strawberry jam …

Last year Pope Francis elevated the liturgical celebration of St. Mary Magdalene to the category of “feast day”. The Holy Father did so, in part, to encourage us to “reflect …

 Br Patrick O’Loughlin, LC Some tears are shed in silent sympathy, As friends are wont to offer by embrace. While others trickling down cheeks blissfully In fact paint joy’s sublime …

.Br Patrick O’Loughlin, LC   Black   Mist   Night Breath   Word   Light. Sweat   Sword   Dusk   Sea Dawn   Staff   Waves   Free. Born   Blind   Wash   Sight Save   Me.   Unbidden those words came …

In Tolkien’s world of Arda, elves are the elder children of Ilúvatar, also known as the One.  Elves receive the gift of immortality and their spirits will remain with the …

 Br Patrick O’Loughlin, LC   This body barely keeps up pace, my heart forgets its bounds, And wearied mind and muscles ache still far from far-flung towns. At this long …

 Br Patrick O’Loughlin, LC   Miserable and Merciful first kissed at Bethlehem While snowflakes hid their tight embrace from scornful eyes. A scroll of mercy clasped in baby grip outshone …

In 2011 I was asked to be the godfather at my niece Ava’s baptism. I was more than happy to take on this responsibility, and I felt honored to be …

 Br Jeremiah Murphy, LC Go out into the deep— Don’t be afraid to weep; Even if you’re a lost sheep, You’re still mine to keep. . Know that souls too …

Deeper. What does it mean to go deeper, to be a profound person? I believe that it simply means to have grown in our relationship with God—he  knows us best, …

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