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Perfection in Love, Not in Productivity

—from the blog post Learning to Be Provide For by Jenny Uebbing whose blog is Mama Need Coffee I had a wonderful encounter in the confessional this past weekend…during which father gently reminded me not to chase perfection. Not to expect perfection. And as I sat there mentally rebuffing his suggestion with the Scripture passage about being […]

The Gap Between Me and the Saints

STUPID: I know some people can become saints, but I’m not one of them. The gap between me and the saints is like the gap between a pebble and a mountain. SENSIBLE: I have four answers to that. First, a pebble is a part of a mountain. It’s made of the same stuff. Second, all […]

The Gap Between Sin and God

Catholics call completion of that… process “Purgatory”. Call it what you will, but if you really think that you can endure and enjoy the full light and fire of God a second after you die, being essentially the same kind of being you are now, without any additional divine operations on your soul, then you […]

To Do the Works of Martha In the Spirit of Mary

Very few people are good at doing two or more things at once, especially contemplating and acting, praying and working, Mary-ing and Martha-ing at the same time. But de Cassaude shows you how to do just that, to unite Mary and Martha, to do the works of Martha in the spirit of Mary. He does […]

Authors Whose Names Begin With S

  From the Sacred Art Series website: St. Philip Neri encouraged his spiritual children to meditate on a spiritual maxim or saying throughout each day. St. Philip Neri had so many of these sayings that, eventually, his followers organized them so there’s one for every day of the year. (All 365 are available at our […]

The Communion of Saints

C.S. Lewis, referring to Saint Augustine, says, “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God alone” (The Weight of the Glory). But don’t we need each other too? “People who need people…” Saint Thomas Aquinas asks, in the Summa, whether the fellowship of human friendship is necessary for […]