Humility. That little rascal keeps chasing me down and running me over. Why, oh why, won’t you leave me alone, humility? For weeks now, several people I spiritually admire have used that word when chatting with me. They are in good company. St. Augustine once said the three most important factors in the spiritual life are humility, humility, and […]
“All these evils come from within, and they defile.” – Jesus to the Pharisees
Some research indicates the average woman speaks 20,000 words a day. And man? 7,000. But no matter the number of words uttered, our daily conversations say a lot about the state of our relationships and whether we view our spouses as true partners. Are our conversations more positive than negative? Do our words lift one another up or tear one down? Do they reflect a sense of working together or of working at cross-purposes? Every word that comes out of our mouths has the ability to either undercut or underscore our marriages. To defile or purify. All those words greatly matter when it comes to demonstrating commitment to our spouses. Here are two thoughts on how to purify the “evils from within.”
During my undergrad years, I took class titled Death as a Part of Living. During the first lecture, we took an informal quiz of sorts that had us inventorying life events — a job change, marriage, the birth of a child, a death of a loved one, a move, starting college, etc. The more events a person experienced […]
During spiritual direction yesterday, the priest and I talked a lot about Our Lady of Guadalupe. She kind of popped up out of nowhere into my heart, and when the priest asked me why this particular image of Our Lady speaks to me as she does, I had trouble articulating an explanation. I didn’t even realize […]
When I first spotted her, Our Lady of Grace that is, I immediately noticed her broken off left hand. It greatly bothered and disrupted my sense of order. Our perfect and flawless Mother was missing her left hand. Not very becoming for our Immaculata, the one who bore our Lord and Savior. But there she was, Our […]
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A deacon’s wife walks into her weekly Catholic moms group. She meets and greets with her fellow sisters in Christ; they enjoy coffee and conversation together and offer intercessory prayer for one another. 90 minutes later the gathering draws to an end and the leader says, “Let’s […]
June 26. My birthday. June 26. St. Josemaría Escrivá’s feast day. June 26. A landmark day for Supreme Court rulings on same-sex cases. June 26, 2003: the United States Supreme Court declared a Texas law unconstitutional that made it a crime for two persons of the same-sex to engage in intimate sexual conduct. June 26, […]
Sometimes the best antidote for a bad day in the trenches of the domestic church is “incarnational time” with a good friend. Incarnational time, that’s what my friends and I call it, because friendships require spending time with another, in the flesh, sharing our gifts and who we are – our highs, lows, and mehs – with each another.
In honor of his feast day, here’s a thought-provoking prayer titled “Be Satisfied With Me,” attributed to St. Anthony of Padua.
“Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community … Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.” — Pope Francis’ […]