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Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Habits

The Catholic tradition is rich with spiritual practices that we can integrate into the days and seasons of our life. We should not try to reinvent the wheel here. Daily: prayer, spiritual reading and Mass whenever possible Weekly: Sabbath rest Monthly: spiritual direction, confession, support group Yearly: retreat (preferably silent) —from the online article These […]

Saints and Signals

An email to my daughter in January of this year: I mentioned the other day how I liked what mom said to you with regard to pressure you might be feeling about balancing everything… getting school work done, spending time with family, etc. Mom said she asked you what was most important in your life, […]

Romans 8:28 and Faith and Hope and Understanding

The blocked quotes below are from the book How to Be Holy by Peter Kreeft. As Leon Bloy often said, “Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.” —Ch. 1: Ten Reasons to Read This Book Romans 8: 28 We know that all things work together for good for […]

Faith, Politics, and the Model You Want

From the blog post Dorothy Day: The model you want by David Mills Peter [Wolfgang] equally politely explained that “It is the heterodoxy and bad catechesis that I was calling out, not politics that differ from my own on matters on which there can be a legitimate plurality of opinion.” Then he said the striking […]

Unhealthy Attachment

—from the blog post Christians, it’s simple: if that TV show won’t bring you closer to God—don’t watch it by Matt Walsh But many Christians pretend not to believe or understand this simple concept. When St. Paul said, “Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God,” we imagine that he meant, but forgot, […]

God’s Overarching Plan of Salvation History in 14 Books of the Bible

The “big picture plan” of God’s loving plan for men is Salvation History. Within the Bible’s library of 73 books, God reveals His overarching plan of Salvation History in 14 narrative books (Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, 1 Maccabees, Luke, Acts). Knowing the storyline of Salvation History helps men […]

He Withholds No Good Things From Us (3 Songs)

Enough (by Sara Groves from the album, Floodplain) Late nights, long hours Questions are drawn like a thin red line No comfort left over No safe harbor in sight Really we don’t need much Just strength to believe There’s honey in the rock, There’s more than we see In these patches of joy These stretches […]