Years ago, I was washing up some pots, just before dinner, when all of a sudden a word popped into my head, seemingly out of nowhere. I turned around and blurted out to my kids, who were doing homework around the kitchen table, “Sophistry! The word that keeps coming to me is sophistry.” Of course,…… Continue reading Is It Truth or Sophistry?
If you try to help a struggling butterfly emerge from the prison of his cocoon, his wings will be permanently deformed. As a butterfly struggles, fluid is forced into its wings so they stretch and open, allowing them to fly but butterflies are not the only creatures who must struggle before they have the ability…… Continue reading Lord, If This How You Treat Your Friends . . .
feature image: Fritz von Uhde, Let the Infants come to me People, from infants to the elderly, thrive spiritually when they have enough free time to relax, create, and pray. We all need unscheduled time, time to be bored in a positive sense because boredom can the birthplace of authentic spirituality and creativity. Self- obsessed business…… Continue reading Children Know How To Play With God
Some Catholic authors write as if they belong to a Church Beleaguered, not the Church Triumphant. Articles tend to be either defensive or angry attacks against adversaries. Many religious writers retreat, focusing only on like-minded souls, writing for a small, mutual admiration society. The rest are tempted to quit when it seems like the world is…… Continue reading Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write
In his new book, A Storyteller’s Guide to a Grace-Filled Life, Tony Agnesi connects with ordinary folks because he writes in a straightforward way, using everyday vocabulary in an authentic and down-to-earth voice. The resulting collection of 75 stories are not only appealing and charming, they pack a powerful punch, triggering self-reflection and a desire to grow in the…… Continue reading A Storyteller’s Guide to a Grace-Filled Life
Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you; so lead us by your Spirit that in this life we may live to your glory and in the life to come enjoy you forever;- St. Augustine Over the years, I have attended many…… Continue reading Fr. Albert Macpherson, O.S.A.-“God, You Have Made Us For Yourself”
Attendance at Mass, regular confession, spiritual exercises, fasting, and prayer are wonderful vehicles of grace but if we think pious activities alone will sanctify us, we will only appear holy on the outside like the Pharisees: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,…… Continue reading Man-Made Spirituality versus Communion With God