Category Archives: Mourning

What use is spiritual pain?

There’s a t-shirt that you see on athletes, particularly runners, that says on the back: Pain is just weakness leaving the body. What if that was essentially true of spiritual pain? Spiritual pain is just our bondage to selfishness leaving … Continue reading

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Very much like an alcoholic…

In the same sense that an alcoholic is an alcoholic even when he is not actively drinking, I am always a sinner even when I am not actively sinning. I must accept that, while I may aspire to be a … Continue reading

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Christ’s suffering is a lasting gift to humanity

The suffering of Christ on the cross is both a “once and for all” event and a reality that transcends space and time. If one who has faith in Christ enters into suffering, facing it squarely, straight on, he experiences … Continue reading

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White martyrdom: bearing with others

We are all recipients of an infinite mercy we didn’t deserve and can’t pay back. We can only pay it forward by extending a fraction of the mercy we have received to a fellow undeserving human being. Constantly. And thus … Continue reading

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Feel honored, even if it seems odd

If God sends you trials and burdens in which you have no choice but to bear them patiently with love or else break faith with God, be flattered. God thinks highly of you. He has privileged you with the opportunity … Continue reading

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Love’s playground

The Eucharist points to the Cross. The Eucharist will teach us, if we let it, that in this fallen world the Cross is Love’s playground. In an unfallen world the playground would be vast. In this world, the Cross is … Continue reading

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Reassuring words from Blessed John Henry Newman

God has created me to do him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall … Continue reading

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