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When Joy is Wrong – According to St John of the Cross

September 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Joy, Marriage Spirituality, Matthew Leonard


When Joy is Wrong According to St John of the Cross   We’re all aware we shouldn’t take inordinate pleasure in earthly/temporal goods (which remains a problem for most of us). Affected by the original sin of Adam and Eve, we tend to focus too much on the things of this world. The clichés of women craving shoes and men drooling over cars is rooted in reality. We like stuff. Again, it’s not that any of these things are... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always – An Exhortation by St Augustine

May 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Joy, Meditations, Spiritual Direction


Rejoice in the Lord Always! *   The Apostle tells us to rejoice, but in the Lord, not in the world. Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world, says Scripture, will be reckoned an enemy of God [cf James 4:4]. As a man cannot serve two masters, so one cannot rejoice both in the world and in the Lord. Let joy in the Lord prevail, then, until joy in the world is no more. Let joy in the Lord go on increasing; let joy in the... Read More

Grace (Like in Sap)

June 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Grace, Joseph Hollcraft, Joy

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Grace (Like in Sap) Editor’s Note:  Having introduced Dr. Joseph Hollcraft to you in April as a Professor with the Avila Institute here, today we have the great pleasure of acquainting you with his writing.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! I still remember the opening tune to the popular Saturday morning show Land of the Lost. My favorite subject matter in grade school was the dinosaur age. I would... Read More

Joy of the Gospel

July 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Joy, Prayer, Silence

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The Joy of the Gospel The Joy of the Gospel!  Father Michael Najim discusses Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudiem. He highlights paragraph three of the document, in which the Pope invites all Christians everywhere to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or openness to letting Him encounter them, each day because it is in the encounter with Christ that we experience that interior joy which the... Read More

New Beginnings: As Far as the East is From the West…

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Joy


Don’t you love the idea, the notion, the concept of a fresh start? I love to read about new beginnings. Or listen to life-changing stories and testimonies of people. They renew and energize us. They give us the opportunity to lift up our heads and our hearts and look toward the future. I am convinced that all of us need this type of boost. So many things happen to all of us – both good and bad. Why is it, though, that the... Read More

Take the Joyful Challenge

January 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Joy, Patti Maguire 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 it’s not like I’m wishing... Read More

The Source of our Joy…and a Prayer Request

December 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Joy

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The Source of our Joy … and a Prayer Request! More than 200 hundred of you responded to our holiday poll regarding joy and sorrow. What is troubling me this morning is that 13 of our readers are feeling only sorrow. So, I thought that maybe you might have a word of encouragement for them. What, for you, is the “source of our joy” in this season? Have you suffered but still found the love of Christ in the midst... Read More

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