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How to Accomplish Greater Good With Less Effort

I read the following quote in the book Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe (Chapter 1: Part 7) “Let those who are fully taken up with activity, who imagine they can move the world by their preaching and their other external works, reflect here for a moment; they will easily understand that they would […]

Who Everyone Is Looking For

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” —Mark 1:35-37  

The Sacraments Will Only Have a Limited Effect Without…

Mass is in itself more important than mental prayer. This is true, but without a life of prayer even the sacraments will have only a limited effect. Yes, they will give us grace, but that grace will remain unfruitful in part because the “good soil” it needs is missing. Why, for instance, are so many […]

Three Gifts That Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin Gave Their Children

Monsignor Figueiredo cited several saints whose lives exemplify the life of faith to which we are called. St. John Paul II grew up with the example of strong faith. He would often wake in the night to find his father on his knees in prayer. That, he said, was his first seminary. St. Thérèse of […]

The Both/And of the Ultimate Value

Within a properly Christian context, the ultimate value, which positions and determines any other value is neither tolerance, nor diversity, nor inclusivity, but rather love. + To love is to will the good of the other as other. It is to break out of the black hole of one’s own self-regard and truly desire what […]

Actually Progressing

Popping up on Facebook was a short item in those big letters saying: “Progress is a journey, not a destination,” with many, many likes and a great many hearts. + But it’s just no good. Progress has to be a journey to a destination or else it’s just not progress. As Chesterton wrote at the end […]

Ad Orientem/Versus Populum and the Opportunity for an Encounter with Mystery

—from Fr. Z’s blog post ASK FATHER: Why on earth did they start offering mass “facing the people”? QUAERITUR: Why on earth did they feel it necessary or even salutary to start offering Mass facing the people? I think there are several factors for why the altars got turned around. Before launching in, the great […]