Ten Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Drexel-Inspired You Be that Missionary Edition, March 3, 2015)

1. Today’s the feast of Katherine Drexel, buried right outside of Philadelphia. If you have 27 minutes, take a tour with Diana von Glahn here: 2. Fr. Robert Barron talks about Katherine Drexel while reflecting on the stained glass window in her honor at the John Paul the Great chapel at Mundelein seminary. 3. When she was canonized in 2000, St. John Paul II said: Mother Katharine Drexel was born into wealth in Philadelphia in the United States. But from… Read more

Ten Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (First Monday, March 2015)

1. Our Christian life is a journey of conversion, of transfiguration. In Jesus' Transfiguration, we see our destiny.— Archbishop Gomez (@ArchbishopGomez) March 2, 2015 2. Judge yourself, says Pope Francis, back at the Vatican after his Lenten retreat: 3. What is life like for the OP Confessors at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome? http://t.co/tnmPo8HVnG #Confession #Healing #OPLife— Christopher Johnson (@Johnschris86) March 2, 2015 4. God in Christ effects through his cross a great miracle- the transformation of… Read more

Ten Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Last Friday in Feb. 2015)

1. Magnificat today has a meditation from Luigi Giussani. It’s classic Giussani. Totally untweetable. A taste: He describes the life of the “new man” — the Christian, baptized in Christ. He who has come to see this faith as the radical gift it is, challenging and transforming. He no longer lives for himself, but for him who died and rose for us…. The new man lives for him who died, who was killed, who was defeated, and who, in coming… Read more

Ten Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 26, 2015)

1. Let's pray for our brothers & sisters. Turkish border closed as #Christian hostages in #Syria spike to 250 #IS http://t.co/YIW4JXPM9b— Fr. James Bromwich (@NeriInstitute) February 26, 2015 2. Bishop James Conley writes: I visited the same Turkish cathedral, the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, in early November, just a few weeks before Pope Francis did. I celebrated Holy Mass there with fellow pilgrims from Nebraska. And after Mass, I briefly met a Turkish man named Okan Cuhan. Okan and… Read more

Ten Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Feb. 25, 2015)

1. Don’t be superficial about prayer. 2. Sr. Wendy Beckett has the “Meditation of the Day” slot in Magnificat today (subscribe here). She writes like an artist – and a hermit (she happens to be both!): That loveless slum you see in yourself is quite truly you—I won’t pretend otherwise, but it is you seen in the light of God. The “you” that he passionately loves, that he chooses to be most intimately possessed in a love-union—that you is the… Read more

Ten Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (1st Tues. in Lent, 2015)

1. The fundamental purpose and goal of #Lent is to be restored to the person God created us to be at our Baptism.— Bishop Paul Loverde (@Bishop_Loverde) February 23, 2015 2. From St. Cyprian in the prayer of the Church today: The Lord has given us many counsels and commandments to help us toward salvation. He has even given us a pattern of prayer, instructing us on how we are to pray. He has given us life, and with his… Read more

Twelve Catholic Things that Caught My Eye on St. Polycarp Day (2015)

1. Becoming Holy Like God Through the Perfection of Love for God and the Needy — homily notes and audio from Fr. Roger Landry (whose birthday is today) for the First Monday in Lent. It’s a bit of an examination of conscience. Some examples (bold added): • When we see someone who’s hungry or thirsty, do we try to help get him food or do we tell him to go get a job? And if we know that Jesus identifies… Read more

Seven Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today (Second Day of Lent, 2015)

1. From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great in the prayer of the Church today: Dear friends, what the Christian should be doing at all times should be done now with greater care and devotion, so that the Lenten fast enjoined by the apostles may be fulfilled, not simply by abstinence from food but above all by the renunciation of sin. There is no more profitable practice as a companion to holy and spiritual fasting than that of almsgiving…. Read more

20 Lenten Things that Caught My Eye Today (Ash Wednesday, 2015)

1. Why Lent? 2. You are what you eat. Eucharistic edition with @CookingPriest: 3. It’s more than WWJD. 4. "Rend your hearts, not your garments" (Jl 2:13a) #Lent http://t.co/STFywlIePt— Dynamic Catholic (@DynamicCatholic) February 18, 2015 5. Three year-old Brazilian boy with cancer ‘celebrates Mass,’ wants to be Pope 6. From Bishop James Conley: When we are baptized, we join the Body of Christ. We become united to every member of Christ’s body, in every state in life, and every part… Read more

#Lent via Radio & Twitter Spiritual Direction?

Tuesday night, I spent an hour preparing for Lent on Sheila Liaugminas’s Relevant Radio show, A Closer Look, with Fr. Steve Grunow. We try to do this semi-regularly – we’ve got a great dynamic that I can only attribute to life in the Trinity. I can’t pretend to excel on that front, but during these hours, the Spirit does seem to be at work on something (even when I go blank … especially?). On the Fat Tuesday episode, we mainly… Read more