Spirituality

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 …

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 Yes, it’s a three-dimensional, paper-and-cardboard entity that many would consider more than outdated.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

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 …

  “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 …

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 …

There is a beautiful tradition in Italy in which a priest visits every household in his parish. They call it la benedizione (Italian for blessing). They pray a little prayer …

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 …

The Easter Vigil is one of the highlights of the Christian year. Reaching the end of Lent, we begin the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection with the year’s richest liturgy. One of the …

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 …

Patrick O’Loughlin, LC Saturday was no more. The first cloudy wisps of dawn poked through the blackness of night and sent hope to the weary country folk beneath. All were …

“Thus I will rend with my teeth and nails the eternal pain that stings my heart.” With these stirring words, Gaetano Cellini engraves his powerful sculpture Humanity Against Evil. Here …

Christopher Vogel, LC   Being a Christian is about following Christ and imitating Him in the way that He thinks, acts, and feels. Sometimes I have wondered what it would …

Kevin O’Byrne, LC   in light the Wood was made which with the fallen fruit was fraught the water ceased and to the Wood both wood and bow were brought …

We all have a sense that love is meant to be beautiful, splendid, amazing, but how often our expectations are let down. The fact is that love is frequently a …

by Br Christopher Gronotte, LC The narration of the temptations in the desert in the Gospel of Luke finishes in verse 13, “And when the devil had ended every temptation, …

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 …

Today the readings seem to me to be about scripture itself. The Jews show respect and joy at hearing the Word proclaimed. In the Gospel, I can imagine Christ in …

We are just a few days away from Christmas day! Christ is not only eager to be accepted and born in our hearts, but to be born through us for …

In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I would like to share with you some reflections on the Holy Doors at St Peter’s Basilica.  Since each scenes on the …

by Br Joseph Ory, LC How would you introduce yourself to someone?  Stand in front of them, maybe. Shake their hand.  What if they were blind?  Speak to them.  What …

“In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” (Prov 21:1) The feast of Christ the King has always been …

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