Pursuit of Perfection

's,Hertogenbosch,,The,Netherlands,-,July,23,,2011:,Stained,Glass

Proper Dispositions of the Reception of Holy Communion

As is the case with each of the Sacraments, the fruitful reception of Holy Communion brings about in the recipient an increase of Sanctifying Grace, the Infused Virtues, and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  But the degree of growth in each of the recipients will be proportional to one’s disposition. The minimum required disposition…

Heiligenkreuz,,Vienna,-,October,11,,2017:,Heiligenkreuz,Abbey,Is,A

Penance and Mortification

Penance and Mortification The modern world has made a mockery of penance and mortification. One of the direct results of the Protestant Reformation was the implicit rejection of an incarnational faith, with notions of “faith alone,” and the explicit rejection of indulgences. The skeptic, or the overly spiritualized Protestant, cannot fathom earthly actions, in the…

Kromeriz,,Czech,Republic,-,September,16:,Saint,Agnes,Of,Bohemia,

True Peace Found in God Alone

“Peace, because we have hoped in Thee.” -Isaias 26:3 He that seeks peace in creatures will never find it, because no creatures are fitted for giving satisfaction to the heart. God has created man for Himself, who is the Infinite Good; wherefore, God alone can content him. Hence it comes that many persons, though loaded…

Vienna,,Austria.,2020-07-29.,Painting,Of,The,Annunciation,To,The,Blessed

Making Good Use of God’s Graces

The true reason for which God bestows so many graces upon the humble is this, that the humble are faithful to these graces and make good use of them. They receive them from God and use them in a manner pleasing to God, giving all the glory to Him, without reserving any for themselves. This…

Woman,Holding,A,Balance,,By,Johannes,Vermeer,,C.,1664,,Dutch

Pregnancy and Fulfilling the Homeschool Mission

Homeschooling while bringing eight infants into this world, suffering through a few miscarriages and recovering from the death of two babies, I think I finally am getting in the swing of things… at least maybe… a little. Inspiring words of comfort from Pope John Paul II highlight the unique experience of motherhood, with its joys…

Holy,Trinity,Cathedral,Church,Landmark,Of,Tbilisi,Georgia,Capital,City

Metanoia and the Spiritual Experience of Pilgrimage: Part II

The Role of Beauty Beauty and the sacred are connected in human emotions and both have their origin in the experience of God.  This is news for many people.  So many await this revelation and do not know that they are missing out because no one has announced to them these blessed realities, things they…

Statue,Of,Pope,Gregorio,Xiii,In,Bologna,City,Hall.,Italy

The Children of Fatima and Devotion to the Papacy

The Portuguese have always shown special loyalty to the Holy Father. It was the Pope who emancipated them from vassalage to Castile – and it was to him that the new, little country of Portugal was entrusted at its birth. Though in the course of the centuries this traditional devotion was occasionally weakened, the fault…

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On the Providence of God by Alice von Hildebrand

In the wee hours of Tuesday, June 11, 1940, I was awakened by the ringing of the ship’s bells. I tiptoed to open the door of our cabin and to my amazement saw people in pajamas and nightgowns with life-preservers around their waists, rushing toward the deck. I immediately woke my sister, Louloute (pronounced “Loo-lute”).…