The Christ Child’s Gift to Us

Public Domain image from Clipart Pal “Faith in Christ brings a new liberty to humanity. By infusing our poverty, our weakness, our voids, our failures, our inadequacies with His Presence, all these things that would otherwise impede our efforts to love are now infused with an even greater love – God’s love. Renunciation of a hidden sin that no one might notice, renunciation of amusements that do not give glory to God, renunciation of a little comfort at the end of a long day, renunciation of the need to win an argument, renunciation of the need to be noticed –…continued

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How the Saints Dealt with Unanswered Prayer by Anthony Lilles

One of my favorite blog-writers, Professor Anthony Lilles at Beginning To Pray  has written a reflection that enlightens a verse that has encouraged me in difficult times. “…out of weakness they were made more powerful, became strong in battle, and turned back foreign invaders.” Hebrews 11:34. This is an article I will want to print and read back over to remind myself of the truths in it. I hope you are also encouraged by it. If nothing else, read the highlights that I accented in yellow. This is good stuff and may even surprise you!  Beginning to Pray: How the…continued

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Humility of Heart & Confidence in God

We needn’t be afraid of our weakness, our nothingness. Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen explains in my favorite book, Divine Intimacy: “…for it is the consciousness of our nothingness which leads us to put all our confidence in God, and the greater this confidence becomes in us, the more convinced we are of our nothingness….I have to acknowledge new failures every day; daily I must begin anew. The more we suffer because of our wretchedness, the more we should run to Jesus, with full confidence in the power of  His Redemption… Let us not be discouraged; if we can humbly acknowledge…continued

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Catholic Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare is not a concept we hear much about. Spiritual warfare, or spiritual combat, is simply our struggle against the enemy of our soul. He attacks, and with the grace of God we defend. This is part of our normal spiritual life as we grow in faith and virtue.     This book was recommended to me when I asked about a simple book on spiritual warfare – I didn’t want anything scary, nothing that would be too complicated. I just needed something that would give me some tips and courage. I was experiencing some deep struggles, and knew…continued

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The Purpose of Penance

“The purpose of penance is to overcome evil, which under different forms lies dormant in man. Its purpose is also to strengthen goodness both in man himself and in his relationships with others and especially with God.” On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering, by Pope John Paul II  Lent is a season of sacrifices, giving up something, or maybe adding an additional spiritual discipline of some type. It can be a real struggle of the will to maintain those resolutions; at least it can be for me. Sometimes I don’t quite succeed as I would like to. There are…continued

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Don’t Let Go, Lord!

“Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10 Lord, my light and my love, be my Consolation in distress; be my Rock when the waters rage around me; be my Deliverer when the string of confusion tightens around me, entangling me so that I cannot find where it begins or end. At those times I am like a little bird caught up and so entrapped by a piece of thread that I can barely…continued

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The Ache of Loneliness

Sometimes the loneliness is so deep that it feels as though it emanates from within my bones and bores through me with a painful longing. I am assailed by the feeling of being broken, parts of me missing, a huge hole in my heart and soul. The longing aches even sometimes to the point of physical pain, and yet more and more I realize it is a longing that only One can fulfill, only One can alleviate. There is only One who can consume this loneliness. I desire what I know, that which is familiar to me. I desire friendship,…continued

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