For Our Country

St. Peter john-carroll-feature-610x343writes in his first letter: “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (2:17) Following his instruction, Archbishop John Carroll, first bishop of the United States, wrote the following prayer for our country, a fitting prayer as we celebrate our nation’s independence: Continue reading “For Our Country”

“I’ll pray for you”: the “Nuclear Option”

The Big 3 – St. Peter Chrysologus

There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they give life to each other. Continue reading “The Big 3 – St. Peter Chrysologus”

What is He Doing?

For the two of you who were worried, I’m still here, just temporarily slowed by studying, final exams, and a retreat at an Austrian Cistercian monastery. I’m supposed to be over here studying, remember? This post, however, is not about me.  Rather, there have been some questions, some serious and some not-so-serious, regarding one of my “neighbors” who goes by Pope Francis and what exactly is “going on over there.”  Continue reading “What is He Doing?”

FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE (Galatians5:6): One Crazy Weekend in Assisi!

“The union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods.” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 49). It’s hard to be aware of the presence of so many saints in Rome and in Italy, and then think that they have no effect on our day-to-day life.   Continue reading “FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE (Galatians5:6): One Crazy Weekend in Assisi!”