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
Enemies of Salvation

The Torments of Hell

Thomas à Kempis / January 26, 2023
Pursuit of Perfection

Four Means of Distrusting Oneself

Don Lorenzo Scupoli / January 25, 2023
Dresden,,Germany,€“,October,20,2021:,Looking,Up,At,The

Examen on Humility Toward Our Neighbor

According to the doctrine of St. Thomas the first act of humility consists in subjecting ourselves to God, and the next is to subject – that is to say, to humble – ourselves toward our neighbor for the love of God. As the Holy Ghost says through St. Peter: “Be ye subject therefore to every…

Breton,Brother,And,Sister,,By,William,Bouguereau,,1871,,French,Painting,

Homeschool Advice for Catholic Moms

“A child will always learn best when he has a teacher who loves him.” -Anonymous It sounds a bit romantic, perhaps bringing to mind pretty children in lacy pajamas, staring into their father’s eyes as he reads poetry from a rocking chair. Nevertheless, this adage is true. While our concept of love may need tweaking,…

Vienna,,Austira,-,Juni,24,,2021:,The,Relief,Of,Help

Purgatory and the Church Suffering

Only in the Holy Catholic Faith can you fix your mind upon something so horrific yet marvelous, gruesome yet beautiful, that which you desperately want to avoid yet is that which you will one day willingly throw yourself into. That, Dear Parent, is the awesome reality of purgatory, the residence of the Church Suffering. This…

Versailles,Paris,,France,-,April,18,:,Ceiling,Painting,In

Mourning Those Whom We Have Lost

“Raise up your eyes often to Heaven; and see that this life is only a passage to eternity.” -St. Francis de Sales If we lose our parents and friends, we ought not to be too much distressed; for there is no reason in the world why we should desire those whom we love to remain…

Parma,,Italy,-,April,16,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,Madonna

Thomas à Kempis on Prayer

How We Are to Be Disposed and What We Are to Say When We Desire Anything CHRIST: My son, say this on every occasion: Lord, if it be pleasing to Thee let this be done in this manner. Lord, if it be to Thy honor let this be done in Thy name. Lord, if Thou…

Scenes,From,Life,Of,St.,Augustine,Of,Hippo,,1490,,Netherlandish,

The Spiritual Reality of the Church Militant

Militant is a word that modern parents do not appreciate. They believe Christianity to be all clouds and rainbows, void of anything harsh, and certainly without any notion of fighting or violence. Do not fall into this devilish trap, Dear Parent! Your child is, indeed, part of a military: the greatest military of the Divine…

Rome,,Italy,-,December,20,,2020:,Stained-glass,Window,In,The

St. Gemma’s Gift of Supernatural Prayer

By means of prayer, the soul is enabled to lift itself near to God and thus live a spiritual life – that of Christian perfection.  This spiritual life has various degrees, and the soul that is enabled to pass through all of them will assuredly come to a full union with God. The first degrees…

Detail,Of,The,Facade,Of,The,Basilica,Of,Saint,Peter

Our First Vocation is to Be Holy

It is well documented that many of the parents of the saints desired to dedicate their lives completely to God as priests and religious. But God had other plans that were more glorious than they could have imagined. Plans that may have first baffled these parents. Since God is all-knowing, He can look into the…