Tranquility in the midst of rolling pastures and fences to keep in one's livestock. It's a lovely picture of serenity, balance and order and just the sort of thing that is a good representation of what I'd like my life to imitate. Oh sure, underneath it all there's still dirt, manure, and bug city, but there's also the rain, the blooms, the green and yellow fields, and a vast expanse of sky from here to the horizon.
In his YouTube talk, Rules of Life: A Brief Introduction, modern-day monastic practitioner and author, Evan B. Howard said, "One Christmas break [my wife and I] decided to take the reins of the wild horse[s] of our life, by God's grace, and write our own rules of life." Howard goes on to describe how, over [...]
This is a post that I've been putting off for several weeks now. After blogging of my first experience with the sacrament of Reconcilation, it seemed only natural that I would share with you my first impressions with the sacrament of the Eucharist as well. Including Easter, four Sunday masses have passed as well as two [...]
Sunday's Gospel reading was from the book of John (the twenty-first chapter), in which the writer has an epilogue wherein the resurrected Jesus appears to seven of His disciples at the sea of Tiberius.The homily spoken at my local parish was about knowing Christ better, and knowing Him in the Eucharist, which I'll be posting [...]
Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V. was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community which specializes in spiritual formation and retreats based on the exercises and writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Fr. Gallagher received his doctorate from Gregorian University in 1983, and in addition to having [...]
The Life of Mary As Seen by the Mystics, compiled by Raphael Brown, is a curious work recommended to me recently, and seeing as I was provided with a copy, I began reading it shortly thereafter. As described in the introduction (and dust jacket copy), the book should be read "as a religious novel, but [...]
Today, April 8th, is Divine Mercy Sunday, and in honor of the Feast of Divine Mercy, I am sharing with you instructions on how to pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy. This chaplet can be done with a standard-sized Rosary, and my instructions requires a basic understanding of what the traditional prayers of the [...]
"I abandon myself with my whole heart to God’s will, and to God’s good pleasure — and when I have in all sincerity made this act of self-surrender, I experience great tranquility and perfect peace."
One of the questions I get asked by non-Catholic friends and family is, "Do you really believe that going to confession is necessary?" The Sacrament of Reconciliation, more commonly known as 'confession' is one of those seemly uncomfortable experiences most would rank up there with their annual physical or maybe a root scaling treatment (and [...]