Sex, Gender, Identity

I hope you find this video to be helpful in having a better sense of the marvelous creation of the human person. Many unfortunately do not take these issues into consideration as the society in which we live seems to be losing any connection with reality.

 

(note: unfortunately there is some glitch. If you click the link that comes up, it will take you directly to youtube to view the video. I am not sure why it will not embed properly).

 

The perfect priest!

Today is the feast day of Saint John Vianney, the patron saint of priests! It’s a great day to celebrate the priesthood and pray for your priest(s). I remember hearing this being read during a conference at a retreat. The retreat master was making the point that of course no priest is perfect. God entrusts this great vocation to weak vessels of clay… Read More

Morning Offering Part II

Last week I wrote about the morning offering and the heroic minute. Here are some more considerations about the morning offering:

The morning offering is a really great opportunity to do a little spiritual preparation before the battle of the day. Our first and last thoughts should be of God:

“If you are a good son of God, your first and last thought each day will be for him, just as a little child needs to be assured of the presence of his parents when he gets up in the morning or goes to bed at night” (St. Josemaria Escriva: The Forge, n. 80). Read More

Heroic Minute!

I am going to begin a series of blogposts on different practical ways to grow in the life of prayer. These little practices, or norms, should be part of everybody’s life. If you are looking for ways to grow closer to Christ and respond to His call to be a Saint, here are some ideas to concretely say “yes” to drawing closer to our Lord in daily life. In drawing closer to Him, we can then respond to His call to convert the world. One soul at a time, beginning with our own souls!

If we look at each day as a microcosm of our whole lives, it makes sense to look at the very first thing we do each day: wake up and get out of bed. How does that process go? Do you hit the snooze button 10 times, or perhaps immediately check your email/phone/twitter feed?

Saint Josemaria has lots of good insights that are challenging, spiritual, and practical. Read More

Month of the Sacred Heart and Saint Josemaria!

The Month of June is traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. One good custom you could begin is to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart every first Friday of the month. It’s a month packed with great feast days: Saint Justin the Martyr, Pentecost ( June 9 in 2019), Mary Mother of the Church (June 10), Saint Anthony of Padua (June 13), Trinity Sunday (June 16 in 2019), Corpus Christi (June 23 in 2019), then the final week we get some big hitters: Nativity of St John the Baptist (June 24), Saint Josemaria Escriva (June 26), the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 28 in 2019), then Saints Peter and Paul (June 29). Read More

Ten Reasons to live devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is a great list of reasons sent by my spiritual director, Fr. Rene Schatteman:

1. Jesus himself has told us: “Behold, your mother.”(Jh 19:27)

 

2. Jesus, by his own example, has shown us his affection for Mary. After all, he remained with her for about 30 years, much longer than most people stay with their mothers. Read More

Convert the Culture

I am sure you saw the very good news this week: Alabama has passed a law banning all abortions. This law was promoted by women and signed into law by a woman. Some people reacted angrily and have even described children in the womb as parasites. Just to be very clear: groups such as Planned Parenthood do not deserve our support. When we hear “reproductive rights” that means abortion. Abortion is the murder of innocent children in the womb. If one supports such groups, one supports killing innocent children and causing serious mental and emotional harm, and also physical harm to women. Politicians who support such things also do not deserve our support. Such politicians who support “reproductive rights” support abortion. To support them is to support abortion. If one has supported such causes or politicians, it is time to turn to the way of life. Read More