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The Solution to Your Sorrow

The Solution to Your Sorrow   It’s impossible to be selfish and happy at the same time.  I know this from experience, for if I’m honest with myself, I find the days that I am most miserable are the days that I am too focused on myself: on my problems, my frustrations, my weaknesses.  I’m certain the same is true for you.  Think about the last time you felt sad or weighed down.  Maybe... Read More

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre Part 3: Afterthoughts

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre Part 3: Afterthoughts I was sitting waiting for my train at Waterloo Station in London feeling sorry for myself. ‘What, oh What?’ I thought, ‘would all that I experienced in the Holy Sepulchre mean to the vast majority of outsiders, who knew little if anything of the Christian faith?' I was watching the commuters, the tourists, the retail therapists and the other... Read More

Unhappy Life of the Sinner

UNHAPPY LIFE OF THE SINNER HAPPY LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN WHO LOVES GOD “There is no peace to the wicked, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 48:22) “Much peace have they that love thy law.” (cf Psalm 119:165) In this life all men seek after peace. The merchant, the soldier, the man who goes to law, labor with the hope of making a fortune, and of thus finding peace, by worldly lucre, by... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Self-Denial, Trent Beattie

Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem... Read More

Does God Interfere with Our Free Will?

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Free Will

Dear Father John, when we pray for a good and holy intention for a soul, for example: for someone’s return to the Roman Catholic Faith and their Holy Death or that someone will resist committing a serious sin, am I correct in my understanding that Our Dear Lord will stand beside this Soul and bestow upon them the necessary Graces they will need to make the right and wise decision of returning back to... Read More

Why are so Many “Successful” People so Unhappy?

September 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, Happiness

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 there... Read More

Abandonment IX – Holiness Made Easy

May 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Meditations

I believe that if those who are seriously striving after holiness were instructed as to the conduct they ought to follow they would be spared a good deal of trouble. I speak as much of lay persons as of religious. If the former (i.e., lay persons) could realize the merit concealed in the actions of each moment of the day – I mean in each of the daily duties and actions belonging to their state... Read More

Abandonment VII – Attaining Lasting Peace

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

The soul who is not committed solely to the will of God will find neither its satisfaction nor sanctification in the various methods – not even in the most excellent devotional exercises. If that which God Himself chooses for you does not satisfy you, from whom do you expect to receive what you desire? If you turn from the food prepared for you by God’s own will, what food could satisfy a taste... Read More