Category Archives: spirituality

Here I Am: Praying with Psalm 40, Isaiah, and Martin Luther King

The text of a prayer I cobbled together some years ago, perhaps helpful for an observance of Monday’s holiday: Psalm: (this recited version, or preferably a musical setting like this or this or this) All: Here I am, Lord; I … Continue reading

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Baptism Of The Lord

This weekend’s feast is a relatively new addition to the Western liturgical calendar. My question for readers: how did your preacher address the “problem”? By that I mean Jesus, the sinless Son of God, submitting to a ritual which, by … Continue reading

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To Guard And Guide

My favorite guardian angel is Raphael. One of my favorite biblical books describes his mission, assisting young Tobiah retrieve a treasure from his father’s close friend Gabael: So, son, find yourself a trustworthy person who will make the journey with … Continue reading

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Under The Starry Heavens

Two years ago, I blogged here with another image of Ignatius and his beloved stars. One of my favorite images of today’s saint, Ignatius of Loyola, is above. I wish I could locate a credit and artist; the best I … Continue reading

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More Saints Like … Elisabeth Leseur

I suppose I could place her under the heading of “Worthy Women,” given her persecution from within her domestic church. A good summary of her life, and her influence after her death upon her husband is here. The spiritual lever … Continue reading

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The Visit

  One of the more intriguing depictions of today’s feast is here by the American-born artist Brigid Marlin. Most parishes will probably stop at the first reading from Zechariah and not consider the option from Saint Paul, which reads in … Continue reading

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Glorious

From the collection Hearts on Fire, this prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin for the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises: “Glorious Christ, you whose divine influence is active at the very heart of matter, and at the dazzling center … Continue reading

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