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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

 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 …

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 …

“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 …

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 …

 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 …

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, …

I just got my 2017 day-planner the other day. Yes, it’s a three-dimensional, paper-and-cardboard entity that many would consider more than outdated. So what?  I’m still with one foot in …

Lord, you and I both know that there’s more to life than running around with my nose close to the ground, chasing after this or that goal, racing to beat …

Prayer for Corpus Christi Jesus, you hide yourself in the host, bread become God, because my eyes are still too weak to behold your glory.  And my faith still falters …

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. ( John 10:10) Life.  The most sacred of the old myths hint at it and the highest of prophets …

Here’s a new translation I made of Paul Claudel’s stations of the cross.  It’s a beautiful prayer and I hope it helps you this Lent!  I put the first station’s …

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