The test, the prayer, the consolation

The test, the prayer, the consolation

  Today’s saint, St Philip Neri, writes He who continues in anger, strife and bitter spirit has a taste of hell. He prefaces that by saying that spirituality often begins in fervor, but then comes the day when the Lord appears to be going further with us, but withdraws His Hand. And it’s in this withdrawing that He looks to see if ‘we are strong, if we’ll stand firm,’ if we can ~ resist and overcome those tribulations and temptations. It’s easy, he says to form a fervent, quick  devotion, but it’s perseverance– especially when any consolations from the sweetness of His Hand are gone–that counts. That’s when we have to make the choice between the air of hell or applying ourselves to an increase in...

But for the grace of God

But for the grace of God

      You may have read about this in the news. Though I did not personally know this pastor, I knew of him and his parish is not far from where I live. The shock and sadness of anyone committing suicide is difficult, but when it’s a priest…I find it extra hard to process. As you read in the bishop’s blog, upon hearing the news a fellow priest texted the bishop saying, ” suicide leaves behind many victims.”   Yes, it does.   Years ago—over 30 now–back when I was coming through my litany of difficulties, (a story I wrote about a while ago beginning here) I worked with a woman who had heard of ‘my plight’ and wondered how I found the strength to come through. I shared my story with her...

Be a People of the Word

  I’m on a short three week break in between classes so I’ve had some time to catch up on news and things around the cultural landscape…Sometimes, I wonder why I bother. What an assault on the senses, what a challenge for anyone in this modern day to continue on the path of living in the world, but not being of it. It’s difficult seeking a life where one is, like sheep among the wolves…as cunning as serpents and yet as harmless as doves. —Matthew 10:16   Quite an exercise in discernment and yet, if I don’t do it, my class of 6th graders tell me about it nonetheless and then some; at least this way…I’m prepared. When they do tell me, they expect me to react as the world does; in anger and bitterness....

Even children know…

From Life Site News, Cardinal Arinze: Even children know pro-abort politicians should be denied Communion.     Explain it to them,” he said. “They will ask you, ‘What is abortion?’ Don’t use euphemism. Tell them what it is. It is killing a child not yet born in the mother’s womb. And then tell them if a person is for that, and says that he will continue to support the killing of such children, should such a person receive Holy Communion?”   The cardinal said that one parish priest told him he tested this out on a First Communion class, and they all responded, “No, he should not!”   “These children did not study dogmatic theology at the Catholic University of America or at the Gregorian university in Rome,” said Arinze. “And they saw immediately...