“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” Have you ever had the experience of being tired and not understanding why? I remember when I was in college I would come home for Christmas break […]Read more "Planning for Christ’s Coming"
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy is the Pantheon, visited by over six million people a year, and seen from outside by countless millions more. At nearly two thousand years old, it is the best-preserved ancient Roman structure, and is still the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. During the middle […]Read more "Glorified with God"
“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” Before a priest is ordained, the Church requires that he make a week-long, silent retreat. When I was getting ready to make mine, my spiritual director instructed me to spend the week meditating on […]Read more "The Priesthood of Christ"
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last Sunday’s sermon (https://fathergregerson.com/2018/08/19/a-purified-priesthood/) was unquestionably the most difficult one I have ever given, but unsurprisingly the most rewarding as well. I have been overwhelmed by the messages of thankfulness that I have received – many from people here at St. John’s, but many also from people around the […]Read more "Thoughts on Last Sunday’s Sermon"
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"
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"