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 261813251 Achievement versus fruitfulness

There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the...

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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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Thumbnail shutterstock 678453829 A prayer for stillness

Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than...

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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 praying credit champion studio via wwwshutterstockcom cnajpg A tele-prayer service for Catholics with mental illnesses

To recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability held a teleconference prayer service offering those...

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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 299019683 Encountering Christ

Goldilocks would not please God very much. God does not want us seeking what is comfortable and “just right.” “I know your works; I know that...

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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 shutterstock 289012445 Healthy and unhealthy fear of God

As a theologian, priest and preacher, I often get asked, “Why isn’t the Church preaching more fear of God anymore? Why aren’t we preaching more...

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Thumbnail cross credit unsplash cna Holiness: The fullness of the Christian life

Fifty-five years ago, on October 11, 1962, Pope St. John XXIII began the Second Vatican Council at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The council was...

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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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