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For the Conversion of All Sinners

At the beginning of Lent, I picked up my dusty copy of St. Faustina’s diary. This book transformed my spirituality when I was a college student. As I read the saint’s diary this morning, I was struck by Jesus’ words to her during Lent “Pray for souls that they be not afraid to approach the […] Read More

Acts of Violence: A Theological Perspective

Violence is man’s greatest affliction, and unfortunately it was self-inflicted. Theologian Arthur McGill defines violence in the following way: “The term ‘violence’ refers to an event or an action that ‘violates’ some aspect of human life. Violence, then, is always connected with suffering.” (McGill, 19) This definition shows the nature of ‘violence’ I am speaking about. First, […] Read More

Preparing for Advent with C.S. Lewis

November is a great time to meditate upon our final destiny. Catholics are often reminded of the four last things which lay always before a soul on Earth: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. The souls in Purgatory have already faced these and during the month of November we pray for them; but we are also […] Read More

The Old Man and Marriage Before the Fall

In 1805 explorers of Franconia Notch in NH were amazed to see an outcropping of rock formation on the side of a mountain that resembled the profile of an old man. This “old man of the mountain” became the icon of New Hampshire, appearing on license plates, toll tokens, and road signs. Suddenly in the […] Read More

The Heart of the Covenant

“Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility A friend introduced me to the work of Jane Austen a few years ago, one affectionate story at a time. The above quote from Sense and Sensibility portrays the interplay between […] Read More

The Ambiguous Identity of St. James

The New Testament authors mention atleast a couple men by the name of James, but keeping their identities straight can be a bit confusing. Here’s what you need to know. We now refer to these men as St. James the Lesser and St. James the Greater, but the Bible contains different monikers. Sometimes, the Scripture […] Read More

Honoring Our Father

Honoring Our Father Did you know that there is a Church approved apparition of God the Father? In 1932 God the Father appeared to Mother Eugenia Ravasio who at the time was the Superior General of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Apostles. The Father spoke to her in Latin—a language which she did […] Read More

Mysterious Love

“6 But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? The word is near you, on your […] Read More

The Mass: Worship, Thanksgiving, Atonement, and Petition

One of the most insightful descriptions of the liturgy which I have read is an excerpt from Von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality: The Healing Power of Formal Prayer. In it, Von Hildebrand explains what the person’s response to the Liturgy ought to be. It is easy to think of all of the benefits that the […] Read More