Based on a homily of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (YOUCAT, 2011)

Lord, send us. Whenever you will it, let us leave the house behind us that has grown dear to us, that was our place of prayer, of doubt, of adoration, that was for us the stone upon which we had settled, that was the space that knew us, the place that sheltered us. Whenever youContinue reading “Based on a homily of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (YOUCAT, 2011)”

From a sermon by Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop of Milan

I admit that we are all weak, but if we want help, the Lord God has given us the means to find it easily. One priest may wish to lead a good, holy life, as he knows he should. He may wish to be chaste and to reflect heavenly virtues in the way he lives.Continue reading “From a sermon by Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop of Milan”

The Great “Et Et”

I am Fr Lorenzo, a parish priest. Holy Father, the faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be experts in encouraging the encounter of human beings with God. These are not my own words but something Your Holiness said in an Address to the clergy. My spiritual director at the seminary, in thoseContinue reading “The Great “Et Et””

Elizabeth Scalia, “Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life”

My love and my law are not enough? You need a corporeal king? All right then, I will come down and be your corporeal king. I will teach you what I know—that love serves, and that a king is a servant—and I will teach you how to be a servant in order to share inContinue reading “Elizabeth Scalia, “Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life””

The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air we Breathe

A beautiful poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, particularly suited to today, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Vergine Immacolata, aiutateci! “WILD air, world-mothering air, Nestling me everywhere, That each eyelash or hair Girdles; goes home betwixt The fleeciest, frailest-flixed Snowflake; that ’s fairly mixed With, riddles, and is rife In every least thing’s life; This needful, neverContinue reading “The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air we Breathe”

Excerpt: Saint Teresa on Praying Beside Jesus

“Let us now return to our vocal prayer, so that we may learn to pray in such a way that, without our understanding how, God may give us everything at one: if we do this, as I have said, we shall pray as we ought. As you know, the first things must be examination ofContinue reading “Excerpt: Saint Teresa on Praying Beside Jesus”