Old Monk on Detachment

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True detachment is to love all things according to their worth. [Read more...]

Immaculate Mary for a Protestant

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OK, so I’m just a poor convert right, who even after sixteen years being a Catholic am still struggling to understand some things. I was prompted a week or so ago to begin my day as soon as I wake up to say the Morning Offering…which goes, “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Read More...]

The Odor and Oil of Sanctity

After the school Mass this morning I was showing the second graders all the stuff we use for a baptism, and I opened the aumbry and showed them the holy oils. Just the slightest touch of the holy oil canister with sacred chrism leaves a fragrance on your hands. I’m walking back across the church [Read More...]

Trust and Obey

When I was a child I was taught the Sunday School song, “Trust and Obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to Trust and Obey.” So this morning at Mass this song comes back to me in the reading of the gospel. It is the story of the healing of [Read More...]

The Practical Power of Penitence

It’s there right up front, and you can’t avoid it. The first step in following Christ is repentance. The first thing we have to do is say “I’m wrong.” Only then can we begin the journey. It’s like a magic password. The Greek word is metanoia¬†which means ‘turning around’. It’s there in the story of [Read More...]

Thus Says the Preacher…

Leo Tolstoy as a Pilgrim

We have an entertaining and whimsical atheist who visits the combox. John Cantor he calls himself and he styles himself as the prophet. Here is my response to some of his comments. When I quote the prophet I am quoting John Cantor’s comments. “The preacher” is me. I the preacher like the prophet John Cantor. [Read More...]


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