Category Archives: Spiritual Life

Tintoretto’s Enlightenment

Fr. Robert P. Imbelli at The Catholic Thing: Exactly forty years ago I had the wondrous experience of discovering the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice. The Scuola di San Rocco (“School of St. Rocco”) is one of the … Continue reading

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Christ, you walked on the sea

The recently posted article on CP&S  Six Cultural Trends That Challenge The Modern Evangelizer, written by Monsignor Pope, for me was pretty scary. I wonder too how many of us thought that Mons. Pope had stolen all our best original ideas? … Continue reading

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Do You Want To Be “Truly” Happy? Discover the “One Thing Necessary”

Fr Richard Heilman Surveys by Gallup, the National Opinion Research Center, and the Pew Organization conclude that spiritually devout people are twice as likely to report being “very happy” than the least religious people. Secular analysts seem to be doing … Continue reading

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To the Most High Trinity

The Holy Trinity by Ann Chapin The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries … Continue reading

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The Lord is close to the broken-hearted

Charles Kegan Paul (1828-1902) should be known to our British friends as a publisher of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His publishing business is known in our day as Routledge, which many of us would know of. There … Continue reading

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Rorate Sunday

Desert dew  A little study on my part has revealed that yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, has been sometimes called Rorate Sunday in times past and even present. This is to be distinguished from Rorate Masses, which refer to Votive Masses of … Continue reading

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The High Price of the Faith, and Gratitude That Someone Paid That Price

By: Msgr. Charles Pope   I wonder if many of us have considered the true cost of the faith that has been delivered to us. We so easily complain if the Church is not air-conditioned, or the P.A. system is … Continue reading

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Active Participation

Warm noon-day sunshine streams in through gothic windows, creating a glow in the nave of a church still heavy with incense from the previous Mass. The high altar, dressed in white for Corpus Christi, is ablaze with candles: in addition … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 2

Which hymn, written by an English woman religious who lived most of her life in the Liverpool region, and which is usually sung to a melody by a former Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral, has probably been more popular among … Continue reading

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How to overcome anxiety

By Fr Michael Najim at Catholic Spiritual Direction: Anxiety robs us of inner peace. Nothing good comes of it. Anxiety causes restless days, sleepless nights, and even affects our health. So if nothing good comes from anxiety, why do we allow … Continue reading

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Forgiving without forgetting?

By Patti Maguire Armstrong from Catholic Spiritual Direction: While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ, for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock.” — St. Justin Martyr (d. 165)  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Solemnity of the Holy Trinity – Divine Love and Human Love

From Zenit By Monsignor Francesco Follo  From the Cross to the Trinity The entire Most Holy Trinity is involved in Love and by Love with the Cross of Christ. Many antique pictures represent the Father’s arms holding the Crucifix. For … Continue reading

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We do not want you to be like whose who have no hope – A Reflection on Modern Christian Attitudes Toward Dying

By: Msgr. Charles Pope At a recent meeting wherein an elderly relative was preparing advanced medical directives, a friend of the family, a secular Jew, expressed the discomfort the speaking about dying brings something to most people.  I happened to mention … Continue reading

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Our God Sits High, Yet Looks Low. A meditation on the fact that our presence on this planet is virtually invisible from Low Earth Orbit

By: Msgr. Charles Pope There is a rather humorous aspect of the story of the Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis. You likely know the basic story which begins with the men of that early time saying,Come, let us … Continue reading

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