Desert Nuns
Contemplatives and the World, Part II

Shortly after posting Contemplatives and the World, I came across this excerpt from Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen that presses the point even further.  It makes a perfect Part II to the original blog: When a person is captured by God’s love and leaves earthly pursuits behind in order to cling – as far as possible – to a life of prayer and... [Read more...]

The Confessions

Ferg doesn’t really like when we have our nose in a book! – He would much rather be the center of attention!! (see bottom left of pic) Very slowly I’ve been working my way through The Confessions by St. Augustine.  Surprisingly, it’s my first full read of this classic.  I’ve tried to plow through other translations in... [Read more...]

Communion with Christ

“What did not lie in my plan lay in God’s plan.  And the more often such things happen to me, the more lively becomes in me the conviction of my faith that – from God’s point of view – nothing is accidental, that my entire life, even the most minute details, was pre-designed in the plans of divine providence and is thus... [Read more...]

The Legacy of Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

The flu has visited our community, inviting some of us to a different sort of Lenten penance than originally planned. I spent the greater part of my own ‘forced retreat’ with some good friends, just catching up. Yes, St. Therese and Pope St. John XXIII were happy to keep me company, being that germs are of no concern to them. I revisited... [Read more...]

The 7 Penitential Psalms

“From my own experience I can certainly say that these seven psalms, though not all equally, are one of God’s greatest gifts in keeping us in touch with a true sorrow for sin and in giving us the words we need to pierce through the haziness of self-justification.” – Mother Maureen McCabe Late last year, I was bless to find this... [Read more...]

WRAP Yourself in Scripture

It’s is time for another Reading Reverie Book Review!  I can hardly believe that I have not yet reviewed this book, WRAP Yourself in Scripture.  For the last 3 or 4 years, it has been my constant companion. I carry it with me to Eucharistic Adoration each day, as well as having it by my side each day as I enter into Lectio Divina.  I’ve... [Read more...]

Unity in Diversity

Sr. Marie Andre at Matins on Christmas Eve One of the most beautiful dimensions of Religious Life is community.  And it can also be full of challenges as well! Pope Francis wisely spoke thus (which, no doubt, can be applied to family life, as well): “From experience I know that community life is not always easy, but it is a providential training... [Read more...]

In Him Alone is Our Hope

So there are challenging books and then there are CHALLENGING books.  This, my friends, is a CHALLENGING book.  It’s only 136 pages long.  But WOWZERS, it really packs a punch.  The book contains the conferences given during a retreat that Pope Francis (then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) gave to the Bishops of Spain. The title of the book... [Read more...]

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

Just like The Father’s Tale, in my first blog book review, Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska could be used to prop open a door, but once again I highly recommend it. Here are some quotes for a sneak peak. “Let that which He has ordained happen to me” “True greatness of the soul is in loving God and in humility” “Silence is a sword... [Read more...]

Into Your Hands Father

When we are so preoccupied with our past and our future, we naturally have neither energy nor openness left for the present moment, the only moment that mediates God’s will.” Have you noticed that sometimes the subtitle of a book really says it all!  In the case of “Into Your Hands Father” by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen I believe... [Read more...]

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