Pursuit of Perfection

The Presentation of the Lord through the Eyes of the Mystics

Dr. Paul Thigpen / February 2, 2023
Pursuit of Perfection

What is the Most Ancient of Christian Devotions?

Fr. Peter J. Arnoudt, SJ / February 1, 2023
Pursuit of Perfection

Making the Devil Afraid of You

Saint John Bosco / January 31, 2023
Pursuit of Perfection

Three Assaults on Your Interior Peace

Thomas à Kempis / January 30, 2023
Pursuit of Perfection

Is the Interior Life Selfish?

Fr. Jean-Baptiste Chautard / January 27, 2023
Catania,,Italy,-,April,7,,2018:,The,Fresco,Prophet,Elias

Patience in Temptation

“Our adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” -1 Peter 5:8 Do we enjoy the inestimable blessing of being in the state of grace? Have we succeeded in casting out from our hearts the enemy of our souls? Then let us be prepared to encounter a fierce combat,…

Catania,,Italy,-,April,8,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,St.

Thoughts on Spiritual Direction

“For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Ghost.” -Mark 13:11 It is absolutely true that in matters of conscience obedience to a spiritual director is obedience to God, for Christ has said to His ministers on earth: “He that heareth you, heareth Me” (Luke, 10: 16.) A soul possessed of this spirit…

Brussels,,Belgium,-,March,13,,2017:,Stained,Glass,In,The

The Peace Enjoyed by the Just

The liberty of the children of God is the cause of another privilege of virtue, no less precious than itself – the interior peace and tranquility which the just enjoy.  To understand this more clearly, we must remember that there are three kinds of peace: peace with God, peace with our neighbor, and peace with…

Old,Fresco,In,A,Medieval,Church

The Choirs of Angels & Guardian Angels

The Nine Choirs of Angels Tradition holds that there are three hierarchies of angels, each divided into three choirs. The beautiful division is worthy of a short description of each. Just as you teach your child how to use the right tool for a certain job, you should teach your child how to invoke the…

Turin,,Italy,-,March,16,,2017:,The,Painting,Of,Madonna

Remote Preparation for Mental Prayer: Forgiveness Received and Extended

A young associate pastor once told me that when he would go to adoration or attempt mental prayer he would often see the angry face of his pastor in his mind. I suggested he forgive his pastor for whatever offenses he had committed and, obstacle removed, his prayer would be freed up to make progress.…

Baby,Angel,Over,Holy,Water,Stoup,In,Church.,Aged,Photo.

Understanding the Spiritual Power of Holy Water

Many Catholics have never had a sufficiently full explanation of the signification of various principal devotions, pious practices, and sacred objects such as holy water. The Church in her wisdom has given the faithful holy water as circumstances may demand and the spiritual welfare of her children render expedient.    The more Catholics understand their…

Fatima,In,Portugal,,Sanctuary,,Catholic,Church

Putting the Peace Plan of Our Lady into Action

History has recorded as already having taken place many of the terrible disasters predicted by the Mother of God in 1917. These things cannot be undone. But we still have the future ahead of us. It can be a happy future, filled with peace, if we live our lives according to Our Lady’s requests. These…

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To Consecrate Russia—and Oneself and One’s Family

On this Friday, March 25, 2022, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis will be consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica. This is a big deal. It’s a big deal to the world. But consecration is also a big deal to each…