The Infinite Breakthrough Of Joy

Longing. When it first appears, we often ignore it. When it fights for our attention, we dismiss it. When it finally overpowers us, we may – at first – despise it. But a longing for what? Joy. Real joy. No, not the “joys” defined by this world: ones constructed of gold, or fame, or temporal success. They are fleeting. And, in all honesty, they really are mere reflections of the attention and the envy that we receive from others. For… Read more

Thomas Merton: A Pain Unsheathed, A Life Unleashed

By all means, cry. Love tormented by pain, both savage and raw, soon becomes greedy for relief. Even at the cost of death. But death, we know, holds no real relief. And in our pain, a key. One which may well unlock our humanity, our awareness, our oneness. If we can immerse ourselves, if we can drink deeply, we can emerge with a greater freedom, a strength steadfast, a will aligned. But we have to trust. We have to embrace our vulnerability, even to the point… Read more

Divine Mercy Chaplet

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Holding On To The Fires Within

The Lure Of The Mind Fighting Against The Lure Of The Members – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen No news flash here: we are driven by our compulsions. We constantly act upon urges to acquire, possess, and cling to the pleasures of the mind (such as knowledge and truth), the body (such as food and sex), and the things of this world (such as money and security). Of course, none of these God-implanted compulsions are problematic, in and of themselves. In… Read more

On Doubt And Faith, Briefly

If There Is No Resurrection Of The Dead, Then Neither Has Christ Been Raised. And If Christ Has Not Been Raised, Then Empty Is Our Preaching; Empty, Too, Your Faith – 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 Having been given the name Thomas at birth, I suppose it’s not surprising that I’d have some natural affinity towards my more famous name-sake, the apostle widely-known for his doubt. But to doubt doesn’t mean to act without faith, just look to Mother Teresa, or Thomas himself and see…. Read more

The Hesitation Of The Saints: Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa, Thomas Merton

With the recent news that Mother Teresa will be canonized on September 4, 2016, we are reminded that the call to sainthood is really quite universal. It is, in fact, not limited to a handful of extraordinary people, those who may have given over their lives to serving the poor, or those who may have attempted to remove themselves entirely through prayer and contemplation – as some religious do – from all of the anxieties, the hardships, the toils of everyday life…. Read more

Thomas Merton: That One Thing Necessary

With age comes loss. It’s inescapable and non-negotiable. The letting go of expectations once set, the loss of love once endless, the decline of health once robust. But those losses affirm a life evolving – for life empowers change, growth, and a natural leaving behind. And if we do try to grasp at everything, we risk holding on to nothing. In our anxiety – in our frenzied recklessness – to accomplish, to keep apace, to do, we relinquish our passions, surrender our hearts, forfeit… Read more

Over At Aleteia: A Practical Mercy For The Homeless

Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you – Luke 6:38 We don’t give in order to get. Our faith is neither a business transaction seeking to maximize a profit, nor is it grounded upon some false promise of financial prosperity in exchange for a few good works. We are simply… Read more

Confessions From Within: A Prayer Of Acknowledgement, And Of Grace

I Have Fallen, But You Remain. Always If I stood before you as Adam did, Before the fall, feeling no shame, I could, again, be at peace. Instead, more than just my heart Has been exposed. My soul has been ripped open, Torn apart. Left unguarded. Even, too, my body lingers Frail, and assailable. You see me. Fully. And you know who I am. Truly. And that’s enough to break me, At times. Yet, you still regard the depths of My… Read more

7 Ways From Love To Revolution

Do You Want To Change The World? Start Here: “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?” – Dorothy Day “Nothing ever happens in the world that does not happen first inside human hearts” – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen “A human person is not solely an individual entity, not solely a private reality. Along with having autonomy, each human being exists… Read more

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