Hold My Hand, Jesus and Don’t Let Go

Please, Lord Jesus, don’t abandon me. Hold me tightly by the hand So that I can’t run away from you when I’m confused. I’m going through this pain for You, Lord Jesus, Because in order to walk closer to You, I have to walk through these things. I may not think that I am worth it, But I know that You are worth it. You – to be closer to You, To be your beloved, Your dove, Your precious one, Your delight. This is the pearl of great price. Amen

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God Lives Within Us

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity wrote,  “We must become aware that God dwells within us and do everything in Him, then we are never commonplace, even when performing the most ordinary tasks.” 1 It is amazing but true. If we are in a state of grace as baptized Catholic Christians, then the Holy Trinity lives within us. This is a real living within us, not just a dead thing stuck inside us, or something distant that we can’t touch, but One who is alive and continues to pour out His grace, love and mercy into our souls. Our awareness of…continued

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The Hidden Blessing of Trials, Sacrifices and Hardships

I have never been on a pilgrimage. Traveling is not something I enjoy and the thought of a pilgrimage has seemed to me merely an opportunity to spend a lot of money to be uncomfortable. However, I do enjoy living vicariously, and so I very much enjoyed the photos and videos in the article series by Dr. Lilles at Beginning to Pray: Pilgrimage as he accompanied a group of seminarians on a pilgrimage through Krakow, Milan, Venice, Manresa, and finally to Madrid. Don’t tell anyone – but I almost want to go on a pilgrimage now, despite the likelihood of…continued

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How to Be Happy

The Bible offers many reminders for us to give thanks to God, such as “ Always be joyful; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks; this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. If the Word of God and over 2000 years of Catholic spirituality has not been enough to convince us of the necessity of gratitude, modern psychology has confirmed that gratitude is one of the key practices that correlates with feeling happy in life. As Catholics we understand that there is more to life than just “feeling happy.” Feeling happy is…continued

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Betrayal, Love, and the Eucharist

There are many betrayals, large and small, that we may experience in our lives – someone we depend on doesn’t come through for us, someone we love leaves us, someone we trust gossips about. We can feel so very alone at these times, but as Christians we are not alone, we are never alone. Our Good God who created us understands how we feel because He us has experienced betrayal because of His love for us. Jesus befriended a man that He knew would become an enemy, or who would at least treat Him as an enemy. He chose Judas to be…continued

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