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 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, …

“Alright, everybody, listen up! Today’s hike up Tripyramid is going to be a tough one. Our time is limited and it’s a long way to the top, so we are …

Have you ever had a hero? Someone you looked up to and wanted to be like?Often someone so high in your esteem that you never dream of even getting close …

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 Yes, it’s a three-dimensional, paper-and-cardboard entity that many would consider more than outdated.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 …

Technology has developed constantly along human existence, but it seems that in recent years its development has also accelerated, crazily accelerated. So much so that we feel pushed back against …

When I was little, the idea of going to outer space creeped me out. In fact, it scared me to death. It wasn’t the fact that almost all the stories …

I think that the human person is like a sunrise. When we watch a sunrise unfold, we do not see everything, rather, just a little part of the world. A golden …

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 …

I recently discovered this letter written by Pope Paul VI in 1957 back when he was cardinal of Milan, just six years before his election as pope. He writes this letter …

I guess this is a common spiritual experience for many of us: we already know that only one thing, One Person, matters, but then we have to actually live it… …

A few weeks ago, we had a special Mass to celebrate the closing of the 75th anniversary of the Congregation. The General Director presided the Mass, the choir prepared special songs, …

  Have we ever thought about what it means to follow Christ? What do we imagine it to be? A walk through a flowery meadow? through a desert? Take a …

by Ryan Carlin, LC   Ed Sheeran’s song “A Team” tells the story of a young lady who has gotten caught in a drug addiction which has subsequently driven her …

The Sacred Heart for me is important for my own spirituality. The first reading tells us that, “They will look upon him whom they have pierced.” His Heart is pierced. …

  “Therefore, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God. And whoever enters into God’s rest, rests from his own works as God did from his. Therefore, let …

Christ’s mercy is so great. The devil is known as the accuser. He accuses us of our faults and wants us to get discouraged for our failures. Christ on the …

One of the most common phrases I hear is “today’s culture is falling apart.” With economic crises, countries with problematic governments, hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their countries in the …

This image above is a few of the ideas that I came up with for what the Sacred Heart means to me. The following is the explanation that I would …

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