Man cannot transform himself into a holy being. As my Irish grandmother would say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” In other words, only Christ can transform us into His image and draw us into the heart of His Father. As a Catholic, I am invited to answer a call to surrender all to Christ and trust in His redemptive … Continue reading You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear
Next door, lazy Sloppy Joe reaped bumper crops. It was galling because relaxed Sloppy Joe’s animals also thrived. Squeaky Clean could not fathom what he was doing wrong. Continue reading A Parable: Squeaky Clean and Sloppy Joe
As Jean Vanier ( founder of L’Arche) once said, “You can be right. You can be dead right and bring death to all those around you.” Every thinking, praying, honest spiritual person who seeks the Holy Spirit in their own heart, comes to a point where they clash with those who look to obey the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law. SOME traditionalists … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Spiritual Freedom
Gospel, John 17:11-19 In the Upper Room, on the eve of his Passion, Jesus prayed for his disciples. At the same time he looked ahead to the community of disciples of all centuries. In his prayer for the disciples of all time, he saw us too, and he prayed for us. Let us listen to what he asks for the Twelve and for us, “Consecrate them … Continue reading Gospel Reflection for JUNE 4: Consecration and Holiness
Connie Rossini blogs about faith-based education and Carmelite spirituality at Contemplative Homeschool. She is also the administrator of Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network. Now she has written a small e-book Five Lessons From the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life as an experiment to check reader’s hunger for future books on Carmelite spirituality. Connie is gifted; she writes a concise introduction to a spirituality which is often perceived as complicated. A complete … Continue reading Book Review: Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life.