Saints

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Mother Teresa On Humility

Ways to Become Humble Mother Teresa’s example proves all three of Fr. Johnson’s points.  While she was head of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa kept a list of ways to cultivate humility for the sisters in her care. Speak as little as possible about yourself. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those […]

The Dying Thief and the Pelican

Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) sets the gold standard for Eucharistic hymns….Let us look at his Adoro Te, translated into English as Lost, All Lost in Wonder, by the great Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins: Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore, Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service […]