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It’s Simple

Almost every week, I find a new book or a new resource or a new system designed to help the faithful grow closer to God, and I think, “Aha! This is the one that will finally make the difference!” But I think that what God is trying to tell me is, “Sweetheart, why are you making […]

Not Coincidence, but God’s Providence

What this chain of influences teaches us—and here I come to the point of this essay—is that God’s providence is a mysterious and wonderful thing. Were it not for John Henry Newman’s establishment, through much suffering, of the Birmingham Oratory, there would never have been a Fr. Francis Xavier Murphy, and if there had never […]

Marriage and Heaven

That is why Pope John Paul II taught that marriage, in addition to being about union and fruitfulness, was also ordered toward the “healing, perfection, and exaltation” of the spouses. Marriage between the baptized doesn’t just lead to the care and nurture of children. It leads to Heaven. —from the blog post What Catholics Need […]

What Concerns Me is Today

My past no longer concerns me. It belongs to divine mercy. My future does not yet concern me. It belongs to divine providence. What concerns me and challenges me is today, which belongs to God’s grace and to the devotion of my heart and good will. —Saint Francis de Sales —from Youcat: Part 3 – How […]

A Simple Duty

Holiness is not the luxury of a few people, but a simple duty for you and me. —Blessed Mother Teresa —from YouCat: Part 3 – How We are to Have Life in Christ, Ch. 2: Human Community

Reform and Renewal: Everyone Can Do Something

The paragraphs below are taken from the beginning and the end of this excellent article by Anthonly Esolen. Read the rest for seven more ways to begin reforming and renewing the culture. What shall we do now? The answer is both daunting and liberating. We do everything.
 That doesn’t mean that I do everything, or that you […]

Sister Lucia of Fatima on The Final Battle Between the Lord and the Reign of Satan

In 2008, after offering Holy Mass at the tomb of Padre Pio, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra was asked about the spiritual warfare over the battleground of the family. In his day, Cardinal Caffarra was founding President of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and was closely involved with the preparation […]