“This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.” So often we can just gloss over our Lord’s words because we have become accustomed to hearing them. We lose sight of the incredibly surprising nature of our Lord’s promises. He tells us today that if we […]Read more "So You May Eat It and not Die"
“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” As Catholics, when our Lord speaks about the food that He will give us that endures for eternal life, our minds should go directly to the Eucharist. However, we could be […]Read more "Working for the Food of Eternal Life"
Today’s Gospel contains a familiar story: the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. It is a miracle story that reminds us of our Lord’s power over nature. We have probably also heard it used as a launching point for discussing the importance of sharing. I would like to take a closer look today at an […]Read more "Giving Thanks for So Little"
“[Jesus] said to [the apostles], “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.” When our Lord takes the Apostles away to a […]Read more "Learning to Pray"
Books on prayer: Treatise on Prayer and Meditation by St. Peter of Alcantara https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/treatise-on-prayer-and-meditation-full-of-saintly-counsels-on-prayer.html In Silence with God by Benedict Bauer https://smile.amazon.com/Silence-God-Benedict-Baur/dp/0933932936?ie=UTF8&tag=ththve-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969 An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales Prayer in the Home: The Little Oratory by David Clayton and Leila Lawler https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/little-oratory Quotes about prayer: 1 Thes. 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray […]Read more "Quotes and Resources on Prayer"
“He chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.” Before the beginning of the world, God chose you to be holy. Long before you came into existence, before you were conceived in your mother’s womb, God knew you and loved you. This is the fantastic […]Read more "God’s Adopted Sons and Daughters"
In my homily today I referenced the idea of the “predominant fault,” which we must identify and combat in order to grow in holiness. You can find more information about how to do so in this very helpful passage from Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange’s The Three Ages of the Interior Life. http://www.christianperfection.info/tta34.phpRead more "The Predominant Fault"