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106. Giving More and Getting More (Mark 4:21-34)

“… Love him and let your whole aim and intention be directed to pleasing him always. Have no fear, for even if all the saints and every creature abandon you, he will always be ready to help you in your needs.” – St. Cajetan Mark 4:21-34: He also said to them, ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing... Read More

Christ is King … or is He?

Christ is King … or is He? (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe) Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relatively new festival in the Church’s liturgical calendar, this feast was established by Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas, less than one hundred years ago, in 1925. Today, we rejoice that He is the firstborn of all creation and that all things exist... Read More

A King’s Riches

A King's Riches The story is told of Alexander the Great, that one day, upon heading home from a victorious battle, his caravan came upon a beggar by the roadside who asked for a copper coin. Initially, the courtier sent him away, but King Alexander intervened and asked what the poor man wanted. The courtier said a copper coin. After looking at the man, he returned to his carriage to grab a bag of... Read More

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost

A Night in the Holy Sepulchre – Part 2: Pentecost Editor's Note: David Torkington continues his reflection on a night in the Holy Sepulchre which he began in part one here. ‘If you want old ideas read new books, but if you want new ideas read old books’. With these words my spiritual director gave me – ‘Abandonment to Divine Providence’ by the Jesuit French mystic Jean Pierre de... Read More

The Kingdom of God is Within You

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The other day I was feeling disgusted at the depravity of our culture. I am an idealist. I would like the world to be perfect, a place where everyone is striving to follow God. Or if I can't have that, I'd settle for a world that tolerates people who are striving to follow God and does nothing to hinder their spiritual growth. As we all know, that's not the world we live in. The “real”... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life Wk 5 of 6

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Navigating the Interior Life Week 5 of 6 St. Teresa of Avila in her powerful illumination of this place of spiritual growth revealed that getting through the “purgative way” can be a challenge that requires steadfast determination…. “Nevertheless, the assault which the devils now make upon the soul, in all kinds of ways, is terrible; and the soul suffers more than in the preceding... Read More