Category Archives: spirituality


For the elect preparing for baptism, Lent coincides with their period of Purification and Enlightenment. You can read about the basic considerations here, and don’t forget the Church sees this time of “intense spiritual preparation”  as a vital season in … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 7

I have valued the guidance of spiritual directors in person far more than books they’ve recommended, but this collection of prayers stands above others as formative for my early spiritual life. Before I read it, I sang the psalms; afterward, … Continue reading

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Teilhard, Attack And Defense

I found myself on the fringes of a facebook discussion about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the concern over his being the subject of a fandom and his supposedly foundational racism, his defense at commonweal, and the suggestion this defense is … Continue reading

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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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