Archive | March 2018

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Pain, Sacrifice, Love, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven

Sacrifice without love is pain. Pain with love is sacrifice. Pain without love is misery. Love without pain is heaven. Love with pain is purgatory. Pain without love is hell. —Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Wartime Prayer Book —I came across the quote above in the Opening the Word program – March 18, 2018, Year B on […]

And then?

                          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 […]

Silence and Patience

______________________________________________________ 297 There is no genuine action or major decision except in the silence of the prayer that precedes them. 298 Today the danger lies in the unbridled activism of the modern world. We are always called to fight, to comb the countryside, to overthrow our adversaries, and to destroy them. Indeed, man is driven […]

Shame, Shame, Shame Or: When We’ve Done What We Know We Shouldn’t Have Done

Our age is not an age of identity because we all sat around, contemplated, and found nestled in our psyche a whole batch of identity-nuggets that our forefathers had missed — our sex, race, gender, orientation, culture, and ideology. Our age is possessed by the immense will to identify ourselves within ever-expanding categories of being […]

Peace of Soul

When people desire anything to an excessive degree, they immediately lose their peace of soul. + We find our peace only by resisting our passions, not by giving in to them. Peace is in the heart of the devout and fervent, not in those who are carnal and give themselves to outward things. —from The […]