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
Turin,,Italy,-,March,13,,2017:,The,Detail,Of,Painting

Christmas Midnight Mass Sermon by St. Francis de Sales

Below is an inspiring sermon delivered by Saint Francis de Sales for Midnight Mass, December 25, 1622.   Highlights include: The great Christian feasts in the early Church and their observancesThe Incarnation as God’s end in creating the worldThe two births of the Word, eternal and temporalThe two natures of the Word made fleshThe eternal Father’s…

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Catholic Elements of Home Alone

Released in November 1990, in time for the Thanksgiving and holiday theater-rush, the film Home Alone became an instant Christmas classic. It was a box-office smash, grossing nearly a half-billion dollars in receipts worldwide. It received numerous accolades, with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Its main star, Macaulay Culkin, became a household name. The…

Paris,,France,07.03.2018.,Mother,Mary,Painting,On,A,Colorful,Rosace

Mary as the Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant was a wood box about four-feet long and two and a half-feet wide.  The word “ark” comes from the Hebrew word “aron” which means chest or coffer.  The Ark was no ordinary chest.  It was plated inside and out with gold.  And it had an ornate cover, called the mercy…

Prcanj,,Montenegro,-,June,,08:,Nativity,Scene,,Stained,Glass,Window

Christmas Meditation on the Sacred Infancy of Jesus

” Yet neither Nazareth nor Bethlehem were his beginnings.  He was eternal years old the moment he was born. “ -Fr. Frederick Faber Below is a unique Christmas meditation from the famous English convert to the Catholic Faith, Fr. Frederick Faber of London, England. Fr. Faber has long been revered for his thoroughly enjoyable and erudite…

Catania,,Italy,-,April,7,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,Nativity

Mystical Aspects of the Mystery of Christmas

Below is an excerpt from a brief, but interesting sermon that was delivered by Saint Francis de Sales to a convent of nuns on Christmas Eve in the year 1614.  These nuns were members of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Visitation; an order founded by him. The sermon addresses Christ the Savior as…

Rome,-,7,September,2017,-,Celebration,Of,The,Holy

The Sacredness of the Priesthood and Religious Life

The sacredness of the priesthood should be a penetrating reality for your child. Such unworthy men, stepping into the In Persona Christi, consecrating the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the sacramentally conferred power to forgive sins on behalf of Christ; it is beyond what the mind can fathom. And…

Stained,Glass,Window,Created,By,F.,Zettler,(1878-1911),At,The

Welcoming Advent in the Home as a Pre-Christmas

Advent is here and soon enough Christmas will be upon us! It has always been the aim of the Church to cause her children to reflect and prepare in a special way during this holy season. Mothers can sympathize with the secular mythology surrounding Ol’ Saint Nick–that of a fairyland workshop bursting with harried elves…

Rome,,Italy,-,December,8,,2007,-,Pope,Benedict,Xvi

Benedict XVI and the Call to Holiness

When all is said and done, it’s all about good and evil. Those, like Nietzsche, who say otherwise are themselves evil. And, as Solzhenitsyn reminds us, the battle between good and evil takes place in each individual human heart. There is, therefore, no escaping this battle because it is being fought within our very core,…