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Complicating Simplicity

Prayer is simple. Prayer is child’s play, the relationship between God and His children. So, why do humans love to complicate something that is child’s play? Perhaps this following joke explains how people love to complicate God’s simplicity. I heard this joke when I was in university, told by a Jesuit priest who was my professor. I laughed so hard that I never forgot it. For … Continue reading Complicating Simplicity

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Book Review: Meeting God in the Upper Room

Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life (Servant, 2017) is a compelling, well-written narrative which engages the interest of modern readers while explaining traditional Catholic teaching and history at the same time. Msgr. Peter Vaghi reveals a unique talent to pierce the hearts of modern Catholics with his honest, personal reflections on the core message of the Gospel as well as the words of … Continue reading Book Review: Meeting God in the Upper Room

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Uniting with Christ Through our Senses in the Catholic Church

How do we perceive the Divine and communicate with God as beings who have both physical and spiritual senses? Some ascetics might try to starve their physical senses to sharpen their inner senses but such a notion seems to me to be contrary to Catholic wisdom and practice. The Catholic Church repudiates Gnosticism, realizing that believers come to a fuller sense of Christ through the totality … Continue reading Uniting with Christ Through our Senses in the Catholic Church

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Lord, Save Me From Myself

Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:14-23 The Gospel passage today focuses on the problem of evil. It would be a depressing scripture if it were not for the reality and power of the Cross because evil is so deeply ingrained in our being that we really do not have a clue how to eliminate it from our lives. After seeing how the Pharisees try to purify themselves, Jesus … Continue reading Lord, Save Me From Myself

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When a Fish Tries To Fly

Consider these quotes from the saints: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” -St. Catherine of Sienna “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” -St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein)   In other words, be who you were created to be; discover who you are in Christ and then simply allow this inner reality to … Continue reading When a Fish Tries To Fly

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Surprised By Three Miracles

Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for somber Calvinists, supernatural deeds are not performed today. However, there are … Continue reading Surprised By Three Miracles

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Discovering a New Catholic Artist: Pavol Olsavsky

“Where Art Meets Your Soul” I enjoy discovering and promoting contemporary Catholic artists. Pavol Olsavsky III, a Slovakian-born artist, stepped out and contacted me after seeing my post, Ladislav Zaborsky: Imprisoned for His Art.  Olsavsky has been influenced mainly by this Slovakian master, who just died before Christmas 2016. I can see Zaborsky’s influence in Olsavsky’s use of brilliant colours and light. His work ranges from paintings to … Continue reading Discovering a New Catholic Artist: Pavol Olsavsky

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The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly

Originally posted on joy of nine9:
The Epiphany of the Lord celebrates Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles,  to us, symbolized by Christ’s manifestation to the Magi or the Wise Men. For me, Epiphany also triggers a longing for more of His presence. On Epiphany, we ask God to  not only shine His light in our hearts but to protect our homes with His light as well.… Continue reading The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly

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Artists Reveal Mary The Mother of God

The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is a feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary which celebrates her motherhood as the mother of Jesus Christ, Lord, Son of God. It is celebrated on 1 January, the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide. featured image by Ivanka Demchuk below right- Father John Giuliana Escultora Guadalupe de Guzmán Molina : FIGURAS DE BELÉN Virgen con el … Continue reading Artists Reveal Mary The Mother of God

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The Story of Christmas, Illustrated by Modern Artists

The best Merry Christmas I can give you is to repeat the simple, unvarnished story of the first Christmas paired with wonderful  modern, Catholic art. Luke 2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all … Continue reading The Story of Christmas, Illustrated by Modern Artists

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Finally, A Pro-Life Doctor

By the time I was pregnant with my sixth child, I was desperate to find a supportive family doctor and obstetrician. Four of my five children had been delivered by Dr. Leslie E.,  a brilliant, strong feminist.  As a mother of a growing family, I was an enigma to her as she was to me. In her office, successful professional women waited for gynecological care … Continue reading Finally, A Pro-Life Doctor

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Joyful Art Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 is the feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.   In 1521 – Our Blessed Mother appeared to San Juan Diego on the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. It is a marvelous story to tell children. To prove that he had really seen Mary, when Juan Diego opened his cloak before Bishop Zumárraga on December 12, Castillian roses (which were out of … Continue reading Joyful Art Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe