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What is Custody of the Senses?

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I’ve heard about custody of the senses. What exactly is it and why should I practice it? Thank you Father. Your explanations always help. Great question! Yes, we should all practice “custody of the senses.” The core meaning of this traditional phrase from our Catholic spirituality is fairly simple to grasp. It means taking care of what we pay attention to. Our senses put us into contact with... Read More

Let Them Bark as Much as They Wish, for My Heart Looks to Jerusalem

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The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 13 of 15) For those who deny these things, let them bark as much as they wish, make only a din for themselves.  I will attempt to persuade them, so that they may become quiet and leave open a way into themselves for your Word.  But if they refuse and repel me, I beseech you, my God, “do not be silent to me.”  Speak in my heart, with truth, for you alone... Read More

Home Improvement and the Quest for Peace

June 24, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 12 of 16)  In its pursuit of worldly possessions your poor heart fruitlessly exhausts itself, for it will never find content. It drinks deeply at the fountains of pleasure, yet its thirst is never appeased. Its enjoyment of the possessions it has already acquired is destroyed by an insatiable thirst for more. – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 31, Paragraph 7) Several... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 4 of 12)

October 2, 2012 by  
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And what about all the other things which surround me? If God has given them to me they are extras: they have not been given to all, nor to all in equal measure. Their purpose is to serve man in the attainment of his end. Any other use I may make of them is bad, upsets the order of nature and lands me in deplorable confusion. My attitude towards them must be governed by that golden rule of detachment... Read More

Book Club – Spiritual Combat – Walking the Line in a Material World

July 31, 2012 by  
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Walking the Line in a Material World   …we must remember that we can hardly offer ourselves to Heaven, if we are bound to earth by worldly attachments. Therefore, if we perceive ourselves to bound by the slightest earthly affection, let us have recourse to God, imploring Him to break asunder the bonds which chain us to earth that we may be His alone. This is of great importance. for if he... Read More

Why are so many “successful” people so unhappy?

September 16, 2010 by  
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Dear Father Todd, Popular culture says you’re successful when you have a huge house, a couple of late model cars in the driveway, wear designer clothes, and take luxury vacations to exotic places. If this materialistic vision is the definition of success, why are so many “successful” people so unhappy? It is so easy for us to get caught up in the material world as if that is all... Read More

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