Pause for Prayer

clearcreek

To be led by God’s patient love into this attitude of unconditional self surrender is painful, but there is no avoiding it for anyone who seriously wants to pray. It requires no special conditions or peculiar way of life. The ordinary experience of work, daily hardships and living with people is the field of obedience [Read More...]

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Life is a Casting Off

nun

What is it in me that likes the difficult sayings of Jesus more than the easy sayings? Everybody loves Jesus who says, “Let the little children come to me” and “Neither do I condemn you” But have you read the gospels lately? ¬†Jesus’ teaching is much more forceful and strident than we like to remember. [Read More...]

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Let’s Have Clarity, Charity…and Hilarity

Our Holy Father St Benedict

Someone said recently that I have firmly declared myself to be a conservative. Indeed someone from New Jersey once said I am an “arch conservative.” I am happy to take that label. I’m happy to take all the other labels too. To see what I mean go to this post:¬† Call Me an Evangelical, Charismatic, [Read More...]

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Ten Things That Changed St Francis Forever…

St Francis of Assisi

…and can change you too. One of the things that makes St Francis so popular is that he was so utterly and completely converted. He was rooted and engrafted into Christ through several remarkable events that transformed him from the inside out. It is this profound and radical encounter with Christ that can also transform [Read More...]

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Make Room for Curmudgeons

St Jerome

This week has long been one of my favorites in the church year. Who can resist the sweetness, purity, power and goodness of all these saints and angels celebrated in one week! September ends with the celebration of the great heavenly warrior St Michael, and he is followed a day later by St Therese of [Read More...]

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O Lord, Make Me Happy, But Not Yet…

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Sister Mary Lucy was a Poor Clare nun who suffered greatly. She lost her eyesight and had a degenerative bone disease which caused her spine to crumble. The doctors could do very little to help her. I used to visit her regularly, but never once heard her complain. Instead she had a huge radiant smile. [Read More...]

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