Spirituality

Thumbnail img 1413 A blog on prayer: Carmelite priest writes from El Salvador

Carmelite Father Tracy O’Sullivan is a retired priest serving the people in El Salvador — and he has a blog. In it, he helps those interested in a...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 288185786 Acedia and Sabbath

Early Christian monks believed in something they called “acedia.” More colloquially, they called it the “noonday devil,” a name that essentially...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 539516275 Angels and the city

Several years ago, Hollywood made a movie called “City of Angels” about an angel named Seth whose job it was to accompany the spirits of the...

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Super Bowl 2014 is long gone but it left me with an idea.I should make clear: I am not a sports enthusiast, but I live in a family that is...

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Thumbnail a tale of two lions A tale of two lions

Do you fear the devil? Are you afraid of being tormented or persecuted by him? Saint Peter says, “Be calm and vigilant, because your enemy, the...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 534112903 Coming full circle: From storybooks to spirituality

My first love was literature: novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorize...

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 Strong support for the federal Marriage Protection Amendment (HJ Res. 51), introduced by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) in the U.S. House of...

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Thumbnail doctor strange 2016 wallpaper hd 800x450 “Doctor Strange,” Scientism, and the Gnostic way station

Scott Derickson’s new film, Doctor Strange, has received rave reviews for its special-effects, its compelling story-telling, and the quality of its...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 253278130 Fear

Unless you are already a full saint or a mystic, you will always live in some fear of death and the afterlife. That’s simply part of being human....

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Thumbnail shutterstock 394893160 Feeding off life’s sacred fire

See the wise and wicked ones, Who feed upon life’s sacred fire. These are lines from Gordon Lightfoot’s song “Don Quixote” that highlight an...

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Thumbnail corsaro 1 Living our vows

 It began with a temper tantrum. I suppose toddler tantrums are common, but this was an all-out, irrational meltdown of an 18-month-old. We were in...

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Thumbnail rolheiser in exile spirituality goodness Ordinary goodness and our spiritual journey

The spirituality writer, Tom Stella, tells a story about three monks at prayer in their monastery chapel. The first monk imagines himself being...

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Thumbnail macy halford my utmost memoir Our utmost in dealing with our faith

The complexity of adulthood inevitably puts to death the naïveté of childhood. And this is true, too, of our faith. Not that faith is a naïveté. It...

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Thumbnail pope lent 1 POPE FRANCIS' LENTEN MESSAGE

“He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” is the title of the Holy Father's Message for Lent 2014. The title is drawn from the...

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Thumbnail post3 Pope: Word of God strengthens us in moments of temptation

The Word of God “opens the horizon” and saves Christians from the temptation that “closes us in,” Pope Francis said Feb. 18.“When we are tempted,...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 298603895 The flavor of God’s energy

All things considered, I believe that I grew up with a relatively healthy concept of God. The God of my youth, the God that I was catechized into,...

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Thumbnail contemplative prayer The Interior Life: How to be one through Contemplative Prayer

In 1941, Thomas Merton wrote “My Argument with the Gestapo,” a novel featuring himself as the protagonist wandering in a bombed-out London. The...

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Thumbnail mary josephretreatcenter The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is “to provide an environment of serenity, prayer and natural beauty.” That won’t happen on your way...

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