Posts Tagged ‘spiritual life’



Thus begins another summer of what Doc likes to call “church shopping.” Not that I want to leave the Catholic church, (I tried that once, but I know this is where the truth is and couldn’t leave if I tried, but that’s a different post) but preaching isn’t a gift that every pastor has, certainly […]

I have a very high Christology. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Which also means that I am a very high Church Catholic. I like high mass, I like ritual and tradition, and I feel safe within the institution, despite her flaws. But I didn’t get here from a religious experience; I came […]

“Beneficially, therefore did the divine Mercy provide that it should instruct us to hold by faith even those truths that the human reason is able to investigate. In this way, all men would easily be able to have a share in the knowledge of God, and this without uncertainty and error.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa […]

I’m beginning to think maybe I just can’t pray. Or maybe I don’t know how to pray spontaneously. Is there training in that? I know there’s training to spontaneously lead public prayer. But I haven’t seen an intro to prayer class offered at the seminary, but then I have a serious aversion to the idea […]

Inspired by AQ


Well, I know what inspired the prayer I’ve been using to focus, it resembles a great deal, the prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas. Surprise? Not at all. Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting […]

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday., and the beginning of Lent, my favourite season in the liturgical year. I love the focus on forgiveness and rebirth that comes with the season, especially since my niece and nephew will be baptized at the Easter vigil. I love Lent. In stead of giving something up this year, I’m […]

I have a hard time opening myself to prayer. It has to be the right place more than the right time. I can’t focus well most of the time, so I tend to pray mostly when I’m in the chapel at school. Its beautiful and on Thursdays there’s usually adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and […]