Thoughts on the Spiritual Life

A Consideration of Jesus’ Beatitudes
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A Consideration of Jesus’ Beatitudes

We have learned from the writings St. Irenaeus, Tertullian, St. Clement of Alexandria and Origen that the Gospel of Matthew was the first Gospel ever written, and was first composed in the language of the Hebrew audience for whom it was originally intended.

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On the Importance of Discerning and Sharing Your Sacred Story

A Sacred Story is exactly that – it’s our story about the time we uniquely entered into sacred space and the impact that event had on us.. Sacred Scripture informs us that there are only three things we ought to do when we have a sacred encounter with those; that is, (1) Discern it; (2) Share it for the rest of your life; and (3) Revisit it often to measure and correct your path.

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Also Approach Lent as a Season to Give More, Not Less
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Also Approach Lent as a Season to Give More, Not Less

Traditionally, Christians have approached Lent as a time to ‘give something up’ , but in conjunction to that it might be beneficial for you to examine your life to see where you could ‘give some more’, because that is precisely what Jesus Christ did – gave more – gave all of Himself. Therefore, let’s imitate Him more fully this Lent!

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We Shall Return Love for Hate
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We Shall Return Love for Hate

We Catholics in English, Spanish, and Italian speaking countries do experience some forms of persecution, but what we go through yearly is nothing compared to what our brothers and sisters are going through on a daily basis nearly everywhere else in the world. We don’t […]

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Concerning Gossip
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Concerning Gossip

I recently spoke with a woman who hated the fact that she always seemed to get caught up in gossiping about other people. Because she is in the entertainment industry and usually around people who have no interest in becoming saints, she finds herself in […]

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On the Proper use of the Body
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On the Proper use of the Body

I’m drawn today to talk about the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to […]

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On Taking Steps Towards Holiness
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On Taking Steps Towards Holiness

No matter what the test or trial, or consolation or blessing – we never stop walking towards God. We never deviate from the narrow way. We never take a detour into sin. On the contrary, we press forward towards God one step at a time, and that is what eventually gets us there. Even if we fall, even if we get off course; we get up with grace, we redirect or whole self to Heaven and start taking those steps again.

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A Short Treatment on Desolation
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A Short Treatment on Desolation

The feeling of being spiritually desolate is one of the most natural of the unnatural states that the soul can experience in this life. I say ‘natural’ because it is one of the most important tools that God uses to draw us ever so deeply into the divine reality of His life.

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A Short Treatment on Humility and Simplicity
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A Short Treatment on Humility and Simplicity

Go through life like a little child, always trusting, always full of simplicity and humility, content with everything, happy in every circumstance. There, where others fear, you will pass calmly along, thanks to this simplicity and humility. Remember this Sister, for your whole life: as waters flow from the mountains down into the valleys, so, too, do God’s graces flow into humble souls.”

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On Finding Jesus in Your Life
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On Finding Jesus in Your Life

There is a very interesting pattern that emerges from sacred Scripture where it concerns the call of the first disciples and their decision to follow Jesus. The Gospel of John narrates it the best of all the Gospel accounts. According to The Gospel of John, […]

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On the Realization of Faith and Hope
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On the Realization of Faith and Hope

As I was sitting next to the pond today, reading the second book of the Philokalia (published by Faber Faber), I came across one of St. Maximus’s last entries in his collection of spiritual teachings of the First Century – It reads: “When the intellect […]

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