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Why are Saints Sometimes Pictured with Skulls?

Why are saints sometimes pictured with skulls?   Does that mean they are preoccupied with death? There sure seems to be an awful lot of that in old art. God bless you and your ministry. Yes, indeed, skulls make frequent appearances in Christian art, even today. I can understand your question about this practice; because, putting skulls everywhere can seem kind of morbid – especially... Read More

Diligence – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Diligence   Presence of God – O God, make me diligent in Your service, diligent and prompt in every duty! MEDITATION A prudent man is also diligent; he carefully examines and selects the means best suited to his sanctification, and diligently makes use of them. “He hath done all things well,” St. Mark said of Jesus (Mark 7:37). Speaking absolutely, such praise belongs only to Jesus, whose... Read More

Of Wisdom, Forethought, and Reading the Holy Scriptures

August 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Scripture, Wisdom

OF WISDOM, FORETHOUGHT, AND READING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES   Of Wisdom and Forethought in our Actions 1. We must not give ear to every saying or suggestion, but warily and patiently ponder things according to the will of God. But alas; such is our weakness, that we often rather believe and speak evil than good of others. The perfect do not easily credit everything spoken, for they know that human... Read More

The Importance of Friendship

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Sarah Reinhard

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 4 of 12) There is no way of grasping the concreteness of a man's ethical decisions from outside. But no, there is a certain way, a single way: that is through the love of friendship. A friend, and a prudent friend, can help to shape a friend's decision. He does so by virtue of that love which makes the friend's problems his own, the friend's ego his own (so that after... Read More

The First Among Virtues: Prudence

January 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Sarah Reinhard

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 2 of 12) The First Among Virtues: Prudence I'll be honest with you, faithful reader, my first thought, after reading this chapter for a second time, was, “OK, Reinhard, it's time to admit it: you're in WAY OVER YOUR HEAD.” I laughed when I read Vicki's introduction last week, because I so related with it. This book sounds…dry. And maybe it is. (Or... Read More

The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper

January 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Vicki Burbach

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 1 of 12) Dear Fellow Reader: We at Catholic Spiritual Direction hope you've been enjoying a very Merry Christmas season, that your New Year is full of peace and joy, and that you are ready to make good on that New Year's resolution to devote time every day to spiritual reading!  Please join us as we begin our first book for the New Year – The Four Cardinal Virtues... Read More

How much should a priest own?

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Detachment, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I am a Catholic priest. Because I am in studies and do not have a rectory to call ‘home', I've temporarily moved all my personal belongings back into my parent's house. Looking over all the ‘stuff' I've collected over the years, it's dawned on me that I have A LOT. Too much, so that I am even nauseated at the amount: especially books, vestments, and clerical clothing,... Read More

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