Why we Catholics Celebrate the Ascension of Jesus Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus… Continue reading Why we Catholics Celebrate the Ascension of Jesus Christ

The dangers of spiritualizing your psychological problems

Maria had been struggling with some depressive and anxious thoughts for a while, although at the time, she didn’t recognize them as such. Probably because she was 14 years old. When she shared her struggles with someone in her Catholic community, the woman told Maria that she was worried that “the devil was working his… Continue reading The dangers of spiritualizing your psychological problems

Learning the Secret of Persevering Prayer

We are all called to persevering prayer, no matter what our state in life or vocation. Preparing ourselves for such prayer means learning to silence the clamor of the age, stop the ever accelerating pace of the futile quests that so often occupy our hearts, and live in the eternal now by surrendering ourselves –… Continue reading Learning the Secret of Persevering Prayer

St. Augustine on a Personal Relationship with Jesus

But we too can encounter Christ in reading Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in the liturgical life of the Church. We can touch Christ’s Heart and feel him touching ours. Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we truly become Christians. And in this way our reason… Continue reading St. Augustine on a Personal Relationship with Jesus

The gardens of our souls

This summer, for the first time in my career as an occasional gardener, I bought a rose bush. Roses intimidate me – their finicky susceptibilities and Japanese beetles. Their thorns. But one May morning I was dashing into the farm stand for a pint of strawberries, and something extravagantly, massively beautiful in the air –… Continue reading The gardens of our souls