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Paul Selmer’s Prayer

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed is thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus—Paul continued to repeat the Angel’s Greeting under his breath.—By thy holy childhood, deliver us, Lord.—Help me to overcome my fear of Thee—for it is fear of Thee which has held me […]

Peace is…

Peace is the fruit of justice. […] Peace is the tranquility of order, not tranquility alone; for robbers can be tranquil in the possession of their spoils. Peace also implies order, the subordination of the body to the soul, of the senses to reason, and of the creature to the Creator. —from Life of Christ […]

Children, Joy, and Life in its Archetype

At times the little girl would keep on for hours, babbling and busy with her games—she was absorbed in her own joy with such holy zeal that it seemed as though her play was really more serious than all the pursuits of grown-up people and her delight belonged more essentially to life than all the […]

We are the sum of the Father’s love for us…

We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son. —St. John Paull II, from a homily on July 28, 2002 at the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto

Open the Door

He remembered the last Saturday he was in Christiania, when he rushed up Akers-gate to go to Saint Olav’s church. Had he not felt like the prodigal son returning home—a self-important little prodigal son trotting homeward nose in air, sure of being received with roast veal and new shoes and finger-rings? And no doubt he […]

Interest in Scandal vs. Interest in Sanctity

Paul nodded as they passed the Carmes: “I’m glad you showed me that, Randi.—For of course we’ve heard of the September massacres. but it was never pointed out to us that the revolution was a fight against all acknowledged authority—on the part of those who sought to make themselves authorities. And naturally their wildest hatred […]

John 8:31-32

As in the order of mechanics, a man is most free to run a machine when he know the truth about it, so spiritually a man is most free whose mind is illumined by Him Who said, “I am the Truth.” —from Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen, Ch. 24 Caesar or God