Category Archives: spirituality

Like It Or Not

A social media friend shared this commentary from James Martin on “What brings a person to God …” Speaking of subjectively (or even objectively) poor things: It is easy to snigger at those things. It is easy. It can also … Continue reading

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There Are Days

Have I mentioned that lately, I’m finding a certain affinity with Saint Augustine? I was looking into Confessions earlier this year. I confess I’ve been finding reading in general tedious, so I will be going back when my spirit for … Continue reading

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A Night Prayer

A favorite prayer of the 19th century saint: May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: I Will Lie Down This Night

I’ve had this book in my household for years. Not on my bookshelf; I think it was a gift to my wife in the early years of our marriage. If two married Catholics had a difference of opinion on daily … Continue reading

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Heading To More Stay-At-Home

Been busy with church and elections work, so I haven’t been watching much news lately. Even church news. From Ireland, Fr Neil Xavier O’Donoghue discusses “Lockdown 2.0” at PrayTell. Last March all public activities, including churches, closed down overnight and … Continue reading

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An Act Of Abandonment

A time-appropriate prayer for these days, I think: Yet, O Lord, though I have no feeling of confidence in You, nevertheless, I know that You are my God, that I am all Yours, and that I have no hope but … Continue reading

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Trust And Victimhood

In her book Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell discusses five thresholds of conversion. These are trust, curiosity, openness, seeking, and discipleship. Ms Weddell describes these more deeply than these single words, but for the sake of this essay, I want … Continue reading

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Another Saint Michael Prayer

As I write, most of the world has moved past the observance of the Archangels. I was browsing a bit on PrayTell and found this post mentioning this devotion which includes this prayer: O glorious prince Saint Michael, chief and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Way Of The Heart

Every so often, I find something remarkable on my wife’s bookshelf. Recently, this book caught my notice. As I paged through the first page of the prologue, I was struck by the author’s observation of the world of forty years … Continue reading

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A Bold Request

A nice prayer in this book, bold for bold times: I pray, O Master, that the flames of hell may not touch me or any of those whom I love, and even that they may never touch anyone. (And I … Continue reading

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Burying

A friend of a social media friend protested the accusation that Christians have been seen as disrespectful of the late Justice Ginsburg.  I haven’t seen any evidence of that. If I hadn’t read a regular blog, or been facebook-attached to … Continue reading

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Aspiring To New Heights

The pieces have been on site for some weeks, I’m told. The architect and crane came today. I’m on vacation this week, but I came in for a meeting with an engaged couple. I was glad to enjoy one of … Continue reading

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Life and Good Days

A good message from a nearby abbot. I’m not sure where the referenced video is exactly; the Sentinel doesn’t provide a link on the story I linked just above. I did notice an introductory video at the top of their main video … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Under The Starry Night

This volume pictured here has been on my bookshelf for over two decades. As I’ve been indulging some old reads and discovering new things, I thought I’d share some recommendations, starting with this book. I’ve had a membership in the … Continue reading

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Night Prayer Scripture: Wednesday

As of this writing in some places people praying Compline will be anticipating the observance of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) tonight. They will pray the “Saturday night” reading since it is designated for the eve of … Continue reading

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