Self-Abandonment as the Quickest Way to Love and Perfection

Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade, SJ

January 14, 2022

Your letter, my dear Sister, reminds me of that passage in the Gospel which shows us a young man approaching Our Lord in order to ask Him the way to reach eternal life. The good Master makes the immediate reply that he must keep the commandments, and when the young man answers that he has…

We Should Draw Profit from Our Faults

St. Francis de Sales

January 12, 2022

The faults and infidelities of which we are guilty every day should indeed bring us shame and confusion, when we approach Our Lord; and thus we read of great saints, like St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Teresa, that, when they had fallen into any fault, they experienced much confusion.  Hence it is very reasonable,…

On the Mercy of God

The Soul Sanctified

January 11, 2022

“Through the tender mercies of our God.” —Luke 1:78 So great is the desire which God has to give us His graces, that, as St. Augustine says, He has more desire to give them to us than we have to receive them from Him. And the reason is that goodness, as the philosophers say, is…

Spiritual Direction—What Is It?

Fr. Lawrence Carney

December 2, 2021

Very few people today know what spiritual direction is. In this article, the reader will learn about the practicality and necessity of direction. It will also be helpful to distinguish between direction for beginners, the proficient, and the perfect. Finally, what ought to be the qualities of a director, and the one being directed. Practicality…

The Holy Eucharist and the Parents of St. Thérèse

Patrick O'Hearn

November 4, 2021

Zélie was so in love with the Holy Eucharist that, five weeks before her death, weakened by cancer, she still attended Mass. Throughout their lives, Louis and Zélie were ardent devotees of the First Friday Devotions. Only two centuries earlier, Our Lord had communicated to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque His great desire that the First…

Spiritual Heroes and the Threat of Sadness

John Paul Sonnen

October 19, 2021

“Don’t allow sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely.” —Padre Pio In the present days of corruption in church and government, implosion of family life, progressive demoralization of schools and academic institutions, we honor spiritual heroes who live amidst us as mentors and exemplars. These are the…