Eucharistic Enthusiasm

A friend is leading a pilgrimage in France and preached at the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre: we’re supposed to make him in the Eucharist the biggest difference in our life, as our true priority, as the “source and summit” of our existence, the fulcrum of our week and day. In response to irreverence, he [Read More...]

You Have the Power

Friday was the feast of St. John Chrysostom. He advises: When your enemy falls into your hands, do not consider how you can pay him back and let him feel the sharp edge of your tongue before sending him packing; consider rather how you can heal him and restore him to a better frame of [Read More...]

Out of the Smoke of Poison and Death, Grace and Hope

Magnificat today excerpts an interview with Tiffiny Gulla,a composer and choreographer who was 29 years old on 9/11/01, working near the World Trade Center. In the fuller interview, she explains: I was standing on the corner of Liberty and Broadway. I remember suddenly running through a smoke cloud down the avenue toward the water to [Read More...]

Are We Alive in Faith?

To answer this question we have to take a look at our lives (and every day). Are we growing in faith? Are we focused, returning our focus, renewing our focus on Christ? We’re called to be living stones, built up to be a spiritual edifice. On Twitter, this qualifies as a #HomilyTweet. Listen here. If [Read More...]

What Are You Doing with that Wine?

Friday’s gospel is about new wine and old wineskins. Fr. James Bradley (whose Twitter feed — @FrJamesBradley — is a source of social-media spiritual nourishment) reflects: fervent and yet silent interior renewal, that makes us ready to receive the graces of this endeavour and to act on them, as we seek to bring the gospel [Read More...]

Are You Drowning?

One of the unmistakable themes of the papacy of Pope Francis thus far is mercy, begging men and women to go to God and ask Him for His mercy again and again. So much so that the predominant rumor is that Popes John XXIII and John Paul will be canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, which [Read More...]

Are We All Foolish Virgins Now?

Further nudging from the late sainted Fr. Josemaria: Let us take a good honest look at our own lives. How is it that sometimes we just can’t find those few minutes it would take to finish lovingly the work we have to do, which is the very means of our sanctification? Why do we neglect [Read More...]

‘This is the will of God, your holiness’


Randy Hain from the website The Integrated Catholic Life offers some practical insights in interviews he submitted himself to about his two latest books here and here. And I found this from John of the Cross helpful to be reminded of today, in a meditation on the Gospel of the day on the “foolish virgins” [Read More...]