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All Souls of the Order of Saint Benedict: Fraternal Charity unto Eternal Life
We beseech Thee, O Lord, be merciful to the souls of all your servants and handmaids of our Order for whom we humbly entreat your majesty; that b...
Mary: Mother of All Alive in Christ
Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Happy Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church to you! Today’s c...
Mary and the Economy of the Gift
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15) The Visitation is a familiar scene to us Catholics who reflect upon it...
Ascending to a Culture of Life
Today the Church celebrates the Ascension of the Lord. We remember today Jesus the Head has gone before us to Heaven. We the Body remai...
Why Pray The Stations of the Resurrection?
While not yet as popular as the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross), or, the Stations of the Cross, the Via Lucis (Way of Light), or, the Stations of t...
The Saints Respond to Bullies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When som...
Mary: A Woman of the Word
Happy Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary! “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). With this short statement, Mary gives us the Christian progra...
Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
Blessed Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels to you! Today’s celebration of the Guardian Angels has the tendency to take us back to childhood....
Holding on with Open Hands as Imitatio Christi
“So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it” (Genesis 3:6). Contrary to ...
The Second Vatican Council: A FRESH Look
Standing before you I tremble somewhat with emotion but am humbly resolute in my purpose to proclaim a twofold celebration: a diocesan synod for ...
Cultivating and Sharing the Fruit of the Spirit
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit (Gal 5:25). In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He warns: “Beware of false prophets… by the...
Prophets and Profits: Fulfilling our Baptismal Responsibilities in Business
“And you, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High...” Benedictus (Lk 1:76) “It’s not personal, it’s just business,” a common ph...
Learning Everything That Is, Is Holy with Thomas Merton
We do not detach ourselves from things in order to attach ourselves to God, but rather we become detached from ourselves in order to see and use ...
The Hopeful Message of Ash Wednesday
The Lenten Season begins tomorrow with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. And, while there is, to be sure, a certain solemnness to this celebratio...
Learning to be Alone
The truest solitude is not something outside you, not an absence of men or of sound around you; it is an abyss opening up in the center of your o...
When Home Décor becomes Doxology
As we welcome you into our humble Catholic home, you will notice in the entryway a modest Hobby Lobby quote block that reads: “As for me and my h...
Sowing in Tears
Imprisoned for the first time in her young life (of the at least dozen times from 1917-1955), Dorothy Day lay in her cell shivering from the cold...
Thomas Merton on Integrity in the Search for the Self
We hear from the Gospel for Gaudete Sunday Year B; the account of John the Baptist declaring his mission of salvation. In the Gospel, John t...
Thomas Merton on the Unity of All Things in the Love of Christ
A man cannot enter into the deepest center of himself and pass through that center into God, unless he is able to pass entirely out of himself an...
Christifying Thanksgiving: The Thanksgiving Table Blessing
The celebration of Thanksgiving naturally lends itself to being understood by Christians through a Christocentric, or, more to it, Eucharistic le...
Joining the Divine Dance: Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 21 Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary. This celebration has traditionally been kept with greater so...
Seeing God in All Things with Thomas Merton
Father M. Louis, OCSO better known as Thomas Merton, was a monk of Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey near Bardstown, Kentucky. He is one of the most p...
An Epiphanic Visit
In our Gospel reading this past weekend (Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time), Jesus taught us about the greatest commandment, which is twofold: lo...
“Imitate the Earth” - St. Basil the Great on the Principle of Detachment
“Imitate the earth... Bear fruit, as she does. She produces her fruits, not that she may enjoy them, but for the service of others”, so St. Basil...
Co-Responsible for the Mission of the Church
This month, Pope Francis invites us to pray with him that the laity, particularly women, embrace our baptismal responsibility for the mission of ...
Mr. Church and Finding the True Self in a Complete Gift of Self (Spoiler Alert)
By Tony Crescio “Henry Joseph Church could’ve been anything he wanted to be, he chose to cook, the key he said, jazz.”  These are the opening lines...
Blood Father & Restoring Innocence (Spoiler Alert)
By Tony Crescio Mel Gibson stars as John Link in the 2016 film, Blood Father, the story of a down-and-out, ex-con father looking for his estranged ...
Anne Rice and the Story of Love
In writing of her approach to the novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, Anne Rice describes the challenge of being able “to take the Jesus of the Gosp...
Pasolini and the Jesus Question
By Tony Crescio When asked if the Gospel was a source of consolation for him, Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, replied that when it came to th...
Andrei Rublev: A Journey to the Divine
Andrei Rublev: A Journey to the Divine By Tony Crescio The Russian historical drama, Andrei Rublev, is based on the life of the famous icon pain...
Praying as Jesus Taught Us
It may not be so surprising to us that when Christians are asked (be it in survey or interview), if there is one area in their life that they str...
True Freedom and the Beautiful Life
Independence Day-July 4th Today our country once again celebrates the day of our independence. Today is a day which we rightly commemorate bec...
Echoing Switchfoot
By Tony Crescio Many of us who were coming of age in the early 2000’s remember the alternative rock band from San Diego, Switchfoot.  Though having...
The Door to Love
            By Tony Crescio “He who is forgiven little, loves little.”  These are the words Jes...
What Makes Us Human, Makes Us Beautiful
            By Tony Crescio What is a human being?  I know, this sounds like a silly question, ...
Living Sermons
            By Tony Crescio Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.  So go...
Making God's Dreams Come True
                By Tony Crescio   In his latest Apostolic Exhortation, ...
The Gospel of Beauty
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity As we celebrate the mystery of our Triune God this weekend, we are called not only to remember that this dy...
Love Cannot Be Contained
            By Tony Crescio The Easter Season celebrates the transformational power of the resu...
An Encounter With Mercy
            By Tony Crescio   Pope Francis has declared this year to be an extraordinary Ju...
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