Quote for the Day

Catholicism is the "one true church" only when it points beyond itself to the "one true Mystery," and offers itself as the training ground for both human liberation and divine union. — Richard Rohr, Falling Upward … [Read more...]

Everything Has Being By the Love of God

In this same time our Lord showed me a spiritual sight of His homely loving. I saw that He is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us: He is our clothing that for love wraps us, clasps us, and all encloses us for tender love, that He may never leave us; being to us everything that is good, as to my understanding. He also showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, in the palm of my hand; and it was as round as a ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and … [Read more...]

Francis of Assisi on Holiness

Holiness is not an accomplishment of the self, nor a fullness which one gives oneself. It is first of all an emptiness which one discovers and accepts, and which God comes to fill in the measure that the person opens himself to His fullness... To contemplate the glory of God... to discover that God is God, eternally God, beyond what we are or can be, to rejoice fully in what he is, to be in ecstasy before his eternal youth and to thank him for  himself, for his unfailing mercy, that is the most … [Read more...]

The Message of the Mystics

People ask me all the time if I'm working on a new book. The answer is yes — I've actually been developing an idea since late last year. I realized, though, that I haven't mentioned it on the blog yet, mainly because I have intentionally been limiting the amount of time I've been putting in to the blog, for a variety of reasons.Anyway, now seems to be as good a time as any to post a few words about my new project. Bear in mind, of course, that this is very much a work in progress, so the c … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

When our soul has been purged and feels free from evil passions, it experiences a great craving for spiritual things. Like a famished person, it longs for many different kinds of pious practices, mortification, penance, humility, charity, and prayer. To have so keen an appetite is a good sign, but you must consider whether you can properly digest all you want to eat. From among all such desires choose, according to your spiritual director's advice, those you can practice and fulfill at present. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest level of subsistence. Today, the dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness—both individual and collective—are contrary to the order of creation, an order which is characterized by mutual interdependence. — Blessed John Paul II, as quoted in The G … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The church is the cross on which Christ is crucified today. — Romano Guardini, as quoted in My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ … [Read more...]