Pursuit of Perfection

Torun,,Poland,,May,10,,2022:,Inside,The,Sanctuary,Of,The

Perseverance in Prayer

If you want all your prayers to be answered without fail and oblige God to meet all your wishes, the first thing is never to stop praying. Those who get tired after praying for a time are lacking in either humility or confidence, and so do not deserve to be heard. You would think that…

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

The Beginning of Advent: Preparing for Christmas

The Catholic Church is the most interesting institution in the world. Like her Founder, she is both human and divine. She is human because her members are of human origin; she is divine because Christ, the Head of these members, is divine. The Catholic Church is the greatest storyteller in the world. She is the…

Prague,,Czech,Republic,-,October,13,,2018:,The,Fresco,Of

Familiar Friendship with Jesus

When Jesus is present all things go well, and nothing seems difficult; but when Jesus is absent everything is hard. When Jesus speaks not within, our comfort is worthless; but if Jesus speak but one word, we feel great consolation. Did not Mary Magdalen immediately arise from the place where she wept when Martha said…

Vienna,,Austria,-,December,17,,2014:,The,Mary,Magdalen,Wash

Thanksgiving Meditation: Gratitude to Jesus Christ

“That they who live may not now live to themselves, but unto Him who died for them, and rose again.”  -2 Corinthians 5:15 St. Augustine says that Jesus Christ, having first given His life for us, has bound us to give our life for Him, and further, that when we go to the Eucharistic table…

Paris,,France,,April,04,,2017,:,Interiors,Decor,Of,Saint-sulpice

Inequality in Friendship

In a previous article, it was stated that just as there is an analogy between the natural life of man and the supernatural life of grace, there is an analogy between the development of human friendship and the friendship between the soul and God.  However, in his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle, the Philosopher, notes that “if…

Confession,Booths,At,Duomo,In,Milan,,Italy

Confession is the Sacrament of Mercy (PART II)

It is essential to be sorry for our sins—it is not essential to be troubled about them. Repentance is an effect of love of God, anxiety is an effect of self-love. In the midst of the keenest and most sincere repentance we can still thank God that He has not permitted us to become yet…

Vienna,,Austira,-,Juli,5,,2021:,The,Mosaic,Of,St.

Reflection on the Feast of St. Cecilia

In the evening of her wedding day, with the music of the marriage hymn ringing in her ears, Cecilia, a rich, beautiful, and noble Roman maiden, renewed the vow by which she had consecrated her virginity to God. “Pure be my heart and undefiled my flesh; for I have a spouse you know not of—an…

Prague,,Czech,Republic,-,October,16,,2018:,The,Painting,Of

Discourse on the Presentation of Mary

The offering that Mary made of herself to God was prompt without delay, and entire without reserve There never was, and never will be, an offering on the part of a pure creature greater or more perfect than that which Mary made to God when, at the age of three years, she presented herself in…