"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

Tag: suffering

Mindfulness vs. Christian Meditation: A Catholic Perspective

‘Mindfulness’ has become a bit of a buzzword these days, and to be honest, I haven’t always understood what’s involved. I initially regarded it simply as the practice of being attentive and aware. But the practice of mindfulness goes beyond that description. In the modern clinical sense of the word, it refers to a type… Read More ›

“The Kenosis of St. Therese of Lisieux” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Ez 18:25-8; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32) “The Kenosis of St. Therese of Lisieux”  PDF Version   Homily for the 26th Sunday of OT, Year A (2017): Ez 18:25-8; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32 During my studies at Mt Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon, I was blessed to study alongside more than… Read More ›

Silence

Few movies have made as much of an impression on me as did Martin Scorsese’s film, Silence. Based on the novel by Japanese author, Shūsako Endō, Silence tells the story of two Portuguese priests who travel to Japan as missionaries in 1637, during the time of the Tokugawa shogunate (also called the Edo period). History… Read More ›

“Lessons From A Neapolitan Nativity Set” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

Solemnity of The Nativity of the Lord “Lessons From A Neapolitan Nativity Set”  PDF Version

Saint Marguerite d’Youville of Montreal

Born: October 15, 1701 Varennes, Quebec Died: December 23, 1771 Beatified: May 3, 1959 – by Pope John XXIII Canonized: December 9, 1990 – by Pope John Paul II Feast Day: October 16 (Canada) Patronage: widows, difficult marriages, death of young children     In this life, we rarely know the impact we will have… Read More ›

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Born: October 4, 1922 in Magenta, Italy Died: April 28, 1962 in Monza, Italy Beatification: April 24, 1994 by Pope St. John Paul II – during the Year of the Family Canonized: May 16, 2004 by Pope St. John Paul II. St. Gianna is the first married laywoman to be declared a saint. She is… Read More ›

Pope Francis – Message for Lent 2015

“Make your hearts firm” (James 5:8) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he… Read More ›

St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

Born: Francis Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi, Papal States (now Italy) Died: Feb. 27, 1862 – at the age of 23, of tuberculosis Feast Day: February 27 Patronage: Students, Youth, Clerics, Seminarians, the region of Abruzzo (in central Italy) ******** The feast day of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother falls during the season… Read More ›

Thank God for migraines!

Several years ago I discovered that I have a really weird allergy – I’m allergic to scents. Things like perfume, lotion, hand sanitizer, and even dryer sheets can really put me over the edge. Within minutes, I get an arc around the right side of my face and begin seeing double. Then comes the throbbing… Read More ›

“Enter Gethsemane” – Homily by Fr. Jerome

In Aramaic, ‘Gethsemane’ means “oil press”…. It is a place that is both an experience and a transformation of being. Our innocence was initially lost in a Garden, the Garden of Eden. It is only fitting that our redemption should likewise commence in a Garden: enter now the Garden of Gethsemane. “Enter the Garden – GETHSEMANE”  PDF… Read More ›