This post is a day late by the civil calendar, but according to the calendar of the Church it’s still technically Easter Sunday because we’re in the octave! If you went to the Easter Vigil Mass, you may have heard the following reading from Isaiah 55: “Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters; … More You shall call nations that you know not.
Part 1 Brothers and sisters, last week we spoke of a time when King David was in spiritual consolation, in a state of peaceful recognition of the presence of God. But today I want to contrast Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd) with my favorite Psalm. Psalm 88: LORD, the God of my salvation, … More Discerning with the Psalms, Pt. 2
Catholics love Catholic words. We often utilize words like “Thomism” and “Canonical” without fully grasping their meaning. The Church faces greater challenges than loose vocabulary, but these Catholic buzzwords do create some fascinating problems. One such problematic word is “Discernment.” It is a rich word, full of meaning. However, since every serious Catholic has to … More Discerning how to Discern
Up until I was a freshman at a public university, I thought a relationship with Jesus was a protestant thing. It wasn’t until a FOCUS missionary convinced me that if I was going to be a good Christian I needed to have a personal relationship with Jesus. This was the point in my life that … More Praying like a pirate
No, I’m not talking about once a week or once a month. I’m talking about once a day. Many seminaries require a daily holy hour of their seminarians, whether in common with the rest of the house or on your own. This was incredibly daunting to me as I entered seminary; I occasionally did daily … More Holy Hours
This is the hardest prayer I’ve ever had to pray. It’s also the most rewarding. I challenge you to pray this prayer until you mean every word. It may take weeks, months, or years, but it will be worth it. Can’t we all use a little more humility in our lives? O Jesus! meek and … More Litany of Humility
Prayer is important to any vocation. But not just memorized prayer (such as the Our Father or Hail Mary), but relational prayer. Talking to God like you would your best friend. This meditation has helped me grow in that relationship, and I hope it does the same for you. Print this out and take it … More Meditation before the Blessed Sacrament