Fatima: A Message of Peace

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:10+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Contemplation, Marian, Newsletter Articles|

In 1917, World War I—called “the war to end all wars”—was raging. The Holy Father at the time, Pope Benedict XV, decided to pray a novena to the Queen of Peace, asking her to intercede for an end to the war. He began this novena on May 5. On May 13th, 1917, the eighth day of [...]

Listening from the Heart

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:17+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles|

In our Constitution it says, “As servants of our Lord we must ask Him to grant us the grace continuously to hear with His ears, to see with His eyes, to speak with His words, to touch with His loving tenderness.” Our life here is not a strictly silent one. Not in the formal sense anyway. [...]

Contemplating with the Mother: An Advent Mass Preparation

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:22+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Categories: Contemplation, Lectio Divina, Newsletter Articles, The Mass|Tags: , , , |

The Mass is a prayer of unparalleled proportions. The Catechism says, “The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice . . . ‘the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.’ ” (CCC [...]

Christ Dwells Within: A Christmas Meditation

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:27+00:00 December 21st, 2012|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles|

Christmas is a perfect season to ponder the mystery of Christ dwelling within us. The Blessed Mother can help us to recognize and remember Christ abiding within all of our hearts, considering her experience with Him as He lived physically within her for nine months. How delightful that time must have been for her; the ancient [...]

Listening for His Word

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:37+00:00 September 13th, 2012|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles|

Do we listen for His word each day? Do we search each day to hear our Lord’s particular guidance to us: a word of comfort, a word of direction, an admonition? Do we take time each day to quiet ourselves and silence the surrounding and interior noises to hear the Voice of the One that dwells [...]

The Beauty of Contemplative Life

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:37+00:00 September 12th, 2012|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles|

According to worldly standards, contemplative life may seem "useless." Some people may see no purpose in our “sitting around all day”, spending over seven hours a day in church. Of course, at their root, worldly standards are antithetically opposed to Gospel standards. Our Lord said such things as: the one who seeks to save his life [...]

“Wordless” Prayer

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:37+00:00 September 12th, 2012|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles|

A few months ago, I sat in mass hearing in the gospel the words of our Lord, “I praise you Father, for what you have hidden from the wise and the learned, you have revealed to the merest children.” Our priest mentioned in the homily that the Greek word for “child” means “wordless”, because of how [...]