exulting in joy …

"Ah! from how great bitterness of soul have you often delivered me, O Good Jesus, coming to me!... How often has prayer taken me on the brink of despair, and restored me to the state of soul of one exulting in joy and confident forgiveness. Those who are afflicted in this way, behold they know that the Lord Jesus is truly a Physician Who healeth the broken of heart and bindeth up their bruises" St. Bernard of Clairvaux , Canticles ch.XXAlonso Cano … [Read more...]

Saint Bernard was filled with zeal…

Collect: Heavenly Father, Saint Bernard was filled with zeal for your house and was a radiant light in your Church. By his prayers may we be filled with this spirit of zeal and walk always as children of light. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Lippi Filippino c. 1486 … [Read more...]

quiet encounters…

... sometimes, in the course of our existence, people come into our lives almost as suddenly as they exit it. The impact is dramatic and life changing no matter how brief the encounter. Eight years ago to this day such a person entered my life. This person left such an impression on my heart and changed me entirely without every uttering a single word. This person was my first son, William. He was born weighing less than a pound and four months premature; his skin had the translucent sheen of an … [Read more...]

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oh for shame…

... stopped at a red light on my way into work I found myself sitting behind one those people, those crazy people with their cars littered with bumper stickers. I suspect people who do that are not satisfied simply to tell everyone they meet their opinions, they also have to drive around town with it plastered to the ass end of their car. Yeah, those types. This one had them all though... Vegan, Peace, Bush blows, Conservatives suck, keep abortion safe and legal, I heart Obama, keep your … [Read more...]

movie buffs…

... pluck something off this list; The 5o Best Catholic Movies of All Time. I see my favorite, Millions, did not make the list. It might not be up to every one's speed as quintessential Catholic cinema; but how can you not love a chain smoking St. Clare Assisi describing heaven as "bloody infinite". Related: 2006 Reivew … [Read more...]

A parent’s holiness saves their children…

...The Elder was once asked, "My daughter is living a dissolute life, how can I save her?" To which he responded: "Only with your own holiness. A parent's holiness saves their children."- Elder Porphyrios, excerpt Wounded by LoveArt by Nikolai Bogdanov Belsky. Quote tip: Josephus Flavius. … [Read more...]

August never fails me…

... some times I like to check the archive for the month of the following years; to chart my progress... note how far I've come or how little I have done to improve myself. I came across this; composed two years ago and quoting myself from 2 years prior..."Our suffering is a gift from God. Our sins, sufferings and short comings that result from our humanity make us see that God does indeed have a divine sense of humor. Without these constant reminders of our imperfections, our suffering and our … [Read more...]

Malta Monday…

Bell Tower of Vallette, Malta … [Read more...]


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