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St Therese and Mercy

Celebrating the Feast of St. Therese in the Year of Mercy seems very significant to me.  After all, Mercy is mentioned about 75 times in her writings.  Her path to holiness, the Little Way, was cleared and made ready by Mercy.  And, a pivotal moment in her life is when she wrote and made the Act of Oblation to Merciful Love. So let’s celebrate... [Read more...]

I LOVE THE LITURGICAL YEAR

Today, September 29th, begins 10 consecutive days of AWESOME Feast Days – these happen to be some of my favorite 10 days of the entire liturgical year: Sept. 29th – Feast of the Archangels Sept. 30th – Memorial of St. Jerome AND the Anniversary of the death of St. Therese Oct. 1st – Memorial of St. Therese Oct. 2nd – Memorial... [Read more...]

The Food that Nourishes

God is feeding me and what I’m praying for is an appetite.” – Flannery O’Connor A few nights ago, our dog – Fergus – pulled a funny little stunt.  He has a ritual that he performs each and every night: After dinner he goes scavenging under the table just hoping for some crumbs.  (what a scriptural dog! – see... [Read more...]

A Lever and a Fulcrum

“Archimedes said: ‘Give me a lever and a fulcrum, and I will raise the world.’ What he was unable to obtain because his request had but a material end and was not addressed to God, the Saints have obtained in full measure. For fulcrum, the Almighty has given them Himself, Himself alone! For lever, prayer, which enkindles the fire... [Read more...]

Wee Lil’ Things

Great souls pay much attention to little things.”  I love the story about St. Francis de Sales who while looking upon a beautiful rose cried out: “Stop shouting at me!”  The beauty of God was so evident, so tangible, so manifest in the beauty of a rose. A saint looks upon beauty with the eyes of his soul.  Keeping this in mind,... [Read more...]

Capacity to Love

“Sanctity is the only cure for the vast unhappiness  of our universal failure as human beings.” – Caryll Houselander For all of you who prayed for the success of our recent Duc In Altum retreat: THANK YOU!  Your prayers were heard and answered in marvelous ways.  Unfortunately the days passed too quickly and kept me very busy…so... [Read more...]

Unique and Unrepeatable

Since moving to Tonopah last year, and now having a Chapel open to the public, each day seems to bring new friends into our life.  Seeing the broad span of visitors that come to see this little ‘slice of heaven’ makes me realize how each human person is unique, unrepeatable, and infinitely LOVED by our good God.   Just this morning,... [Read more...]

St. Therese and the Priesthood Reflections, Part IV

Final Reflection on St. Therese and the Priesthood. Love Is Poor In the Sermon on the Mount, Our Lord exclaimed: “Blessed are the Poor In Spirit…theirs is the Kingdom of God.” As St. Therese made spiritual childhood her own, so she made her own poverty of spirit. She aspires to be nothing more than “a poor little child” who looks... [Read more...]

St. Therese and the Priesthood Reflections, Part III

St. Therese and the Priesthood Reflections, Part III The Nuns with Br. Francis, our spiritual brother, and Barbara Campbell, mother of Sr. Andre and Sr. St. Paul Love Unites Love unites souls.  Revisiting St. Therese’s definition of Love: “Love is uniting my will to God’s Will.” we realize why we are so united to those who share... [Read more...]

Love Empowers, Love Understands

St. Therese and the Priesthood Reflections, Part II Fr. Joseph Mary, Br. Paul, and Br. Justin helping Sr. Esther celebrate her birthday on Sept. 19th Love Empowers: There is an amazing phenomenon amongst priests.  I am sure it has been the case for quite a while, but its something that just struck me recently: Priests LOVE St. Therese. ... [Read more...]

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