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Prudence and Rectitude

Prudence and Rectitude   Presence of God– Teach me, O my God, the prudence which leads to You by the straight path of duty and truth. MEDITATION Prudence is not limited to suggesting good works to be done in order to attain sanctity, but it remains with us while we do these works, and enlightens us as to the best conduct to observe therein, according to the circumstances of the moment. For... Read More

Prudent Judgment

Prudent Judgment   Presence of God – Help me, O God, to judge with rectitude so that I may be able to act accordingly. MEDITATION The first duty of prudence is to help us choose the best means for attaining our final end. Many times the choice is easy and presents itself spontaneously to a mind accustomed to making judgments and acting in the light of eternity. At other times, however, it is... Read More

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

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

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