“Holy Mary, Mother of God, Do Not Abandon Me.”

The saints intercede on behalf of, pray for, and protect us. Through their own spiritual struggle and cooperation with God’s grace they have become our examples, guides, and allies in our own spiritual journey. Their victory through the grace of…

Feast of the Transfiguration – Listen

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling…

Feast of the Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Anna and Joachim

Let us sing praises to Joachim and Anna, the couple honored by God (and they are His kinsmen). They have borne for us the Maiden who in a manner beyond understanding gave birth to Him who though fleshless, became the…

Better the Silence of the Heart than Distracted Words

Isidore said: Prayer is a work of the heart, not of the lips. For God does not pay attention to the words of the one who is praying to him, but rather to his or her heart. It is better…

Symeon the New Theologian – Christ’s Body

We awaken in Christ's body as Christ awakens our bodies, and my poor hand is Christ, He enters my foot, and is infinitely me. I move my hand, and wonderfully my hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him (for God…

Etty Hillesum – Finding Beauty, Meaning, and Optimism

Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew born on January 15, 1914. On September 7, 1943, following a deportation order, she boarded a train bound for Poland. The journey was to last three days. Before finally leaving the Netherlands she threw…

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