Sacred Heart of Jesus — Tough Love

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It took me a while to appreciate the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion. To tell the truth, as a convert, it all seemed kind of sappy, sentimental and well, French. All hearts and flowers and perfume–almost like a Valentine from Jesus. Yucch. But then I learned about St Margaret Mary Alacogue and realized that she [Read More...]

Old Monk on Solitude

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Old Monk: Go to your cell. It is the way into the Kingdom. Layman: I am not a monk. I have no cell to go into. Old Monk: You are not within your cell. Your cell is within you. [Read more...]

Radical Religion

Leo Tolstoy as a Pilgrim

My brother lives at the beach, and he was out walking the dog late one afternoon when he spotted an unusual fellow walking along the beach. He was wearing a kind of Franciscan habit, sandals and was carrying a walking stick and a big Bible. My brother engaged him in conversation. It seems the man [Read More...]

Old Monk on Detachment

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Detachment means being attached to all things according to their true and eternal value. [Read more...]

What’s Your Poison?

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I have a friend who is an alcoholic. He says, “I have an addictive personality.That’s just the way I am.” OK. But that’s not really an excuse. I tried to sympathize by saying, “So you’re addicted to booze. That’s a bad addiction. But why are you addicted to booze? What does it do for you?” [Read More...]

Old Monk on Crutches

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Doubter: Your religion is a crutch! Old Monk: Haven’t you noticed I am crippled? [Read more...]


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