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Fighting for Marriage – St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

Fighting for Marriage St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer   One of the ways Mother Teresa of Calcutta fought poverty was that she taught families to pray together. Typically, she would teach the Rosary. Getting parents to pray with each other and their children gave people hope where there seemed to be none and it helped married couples find love when love seemed most absent. Ironically,... Read More

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Canonization – Saint of Mercy

September 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Canonizations, Liz Estler, Mercy, Prayer, Videos

Saint Teresa of Calcutta – Canonization Saint of Mercy   Saint Teresa of Calcutta – it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Today, the Church officially canonizes she who was revered as the “Saint of the Gutters” during her lifetime. This world admires her for what it sees as her social work and humanitarianism and for her selfless charity. But, she could not do anything... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2 Although the Christmas season formally ended last month, this beautiful feast is the farthest extension of it.  In the early centuries, it was originally known as the Presentation of the Lord. Being observant Jews, the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in humility and obedience, went in accord with Mosaic law to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate... Read More

Aridity and Dryness in Prayer Series

A comprehensive listing of spiritual direction posts on this site regarding dryness in prayer, or aridity, and the difficulties this can cause with one’s prayer life. Some posts on the dark night which touch on dryness or aridity, are included as well.  Click on the titles of the post to access them. Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire – Part II of II Aridity – Navigating the... Read More

How Do We Know God’s Will?

How Do We Know God’s Will? Many people after discovering the faith soon realize that it is sometimes difficult to discern God’s will in a given situation.  Most people think that knowing God’s will is impossible.  After all, He gave us our natural capacity to reason and He has revealed Himself to us – so the rest is up to us.  There is some truth to this, especially at the... Read More

To Satiate the Thirst of Jesus

June 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer, Suffering, The Cross

To Satiate the Thirst of Jesus Editor’s Note:  Dr. Anthony Lilles gives us a lot to consider during these hot summer months, especially for those of us who live with and/or serve the sick, suffering and dying. When we begin to pray, we implicate ourselves in the plight of others, especially those who are suffering. Prayer binds us to offer a cup of cold water to those who are thirsting because... Read More

Are You Fully Alive?

Are You Fully Alive? St. Irenaeus, a bishop and early Church Father, wrote, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” I love this quote.  In one sentence he describes what it means to be holy. To be holy means being fully alive; to be holy means being fully the persons God created us to be. To be fully alive is not equivalent to the modern notion of “living life to its fullest.”  When... Read More

Otherworldly Series

October 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Last Things, Trent Beattie

Otherworldly Series Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again Editor’s Note: If you’ve ever doubted the connection between souls in the Church Militant (that’s us) and souls in the next life, read and doubt no more… Baseball coach Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world. Rich Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before... Read More

Take the Joyful Challenge

January 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Joy, Patti Armstrong

Lately, when I check the next-day weather report, I half-expect fire and brimstone to be in the forecast. It seems that it should be “time’s up” for the world’s silliness aka. spiritual degradation to the nth degree. I cannot help but wonder why God is holding back. He is so very patient with us. I’m not doing nearly as well in that department. Catholics don’t believe in the rapture so... Read More

Saint Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part II of II)

November 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night

Saint Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part II of II) In part I, we discussed what [Saint] Mother Teresa’s dark night meant for her and what it means for us, the depth of her holiness, and how her dark night was different than what St. John of Cross describes. Today we will talk about her spiritual formation and how to identify the roots of spiritual aridity. The Formation of a... Read More

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