An idealistic young man, Mark, traveled a great distance to find a well-known holy man to mentor him. Although this elder, Fr. Simon, was a confirmed hermit, Mark noticed that he was becoming physically weak. Ingeniously, Mark offered the perfect exchange; he could to do the heavy chores quickly for the elderly monk freeing valuable hours so that Father would have more than enough spare time to teach him how to live a spiritual life. This earnest young fellow was determined to do his work so well that the monk would never regret sharing his hermitage and more importantly, his wisdom with... Read More
I live in time.
I am a slave to time.
I see my life in God as a progression, a journey. This attitude is tainted even more by the human tendency to turn everything into a contest, a competition. In my sinfulness, I want to climb the ladder to perfection, to be the best. Although it seems like a holy goal to strain towards sainthood, I manage to corrupt the entire progress by focusing on
my spiritual discipline,
my self sacrifices and effort.
Such an artificial, pitiful, kingdom of self.
However time is not linear... Read More
painting by_mysamsara ( examples from 3 modern artists)
October 13 was the final day of our Lady’s apparitions to the three children of Fatima, a day on which the extraordinary “Miracle of the Sun” took place with 70,000 witnesses. As you may recall, Mary revealed to the three children that one of the reasons she came was to request “the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, promising its conversion through this means and the hindering of the propagation of its errors." At the time, no one could understand why she would make such a request. She made it in 1917. Sadly,... Read More
No, I reached the end of my strength this year, something broke inside, finally. I TURNED A KEY….something has switched, something broke .
Finally, God has a chance to live in me because I reached the end of own, independent. isolated strength, which always back fired on me and ended up pushing the Spirit out of my day-to-day existence.
Only when we are drowning, only then are we capable of dying to our own egos, and in humility reaching out to grasp His hand.
I am not spouting of theology, I am relating 40 years, yes years not days or months, years of longing to live... Read More
This post is written in response to an article (The Head-Slapping Criticism of Pope Francis) written by Stacy Trasancos in the Catholic Free Press. In it she reminds the Body of Christ to stop publicly slapping the Head of the Church.The criticism coming from the self-identified “loyal opposition” Catholics in the media who feel obliged to fraternally correct the Holy Father is perplexing to say the least. It is shocking that declared faithful Catholics label Pope Francis a Modernist heretic, and then bewail the burden of it. Others dislike his personality and humility, [...]
Every... Read More
you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you; so lead us by your Spirit that in this life we may live to your glory and in the life to come enjoy you for ever;
Last night I attended a mass, followed by healing prayer led by Fr. Albert MacPherson. For over 30 years, Father Albert MacPherson, O.S.A., has traveled the globe on a healing mission. He takes his special healing ministry to parishes and provides parish communities with healing Masses and retreats.
After mass, dressed in a black cassock,... Read More
When I first met my future husband, I weighed 98 lbs. I had just graduated with an Honours Degree in English Literature from the University of Regina and considered continuing my studies as a graduate student. I loved everything about academia, especially the relaxed but challenging experience of reading Chaucer and Old English in the original vernacular with only one other student in a professor’s office. We delighted this dedicated teacher because we were interested in passion.
I loved my life and didn’t for see any changes. I had grown up with one sister, ballet lessons and a library... Read More
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