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Quotes From St. Josemarie Escriva

The church celebrates the feast of  St. Josemarie Escriva,  founder of Opus Dei, on June 26. His classic book,  The Way: The Essential Classic of Opus Dei's Founder , has sold over 4.5 million copies since it was originally published in 1939. This book is a treasury of spiritual wisdom, drawn from the saint's own personal letters and conversations. Organized into categories, the book is filled with bite-sized nuggets which challenge readers in every state of life to grow in personal holiness. If you are looking for ways to grow in your spiritual life, pick up a copy of St. Escriva's book today and read, meditate on and implement just one exhortation per day. It will change your life!  The quotes below are some of my favorites and have directly impacted my own spiritual growth. -1- I try, many times unsuccessfully, to live out this quote - rising without hitting the snooze button at a fixed time each day.  On days that I am successful at this, I have truly won "

Overcoming Careless Words

Pope Francis has not minced words when it comes to the sin of gossip,  speaking about its perils on multiple occasions:  In one  homily  he likened the act of gossip to Judas' betrayal of the Lord, saying that when we gossip about someone we are turning them into a  "commodity"  and selling them for 30 pieces of silver, which is the pleasure or other gain we receive through the gossip.  On another  occasion , he warned that slander is a grave sin which  "wants to destroy God's work and is spawned by something very nasty... by hatred."  Finally, in a separate  homily , he explains that the consequence of gossip is to  "transform our communities as well as our family into ‘hell’  .  The Pope cautions that none of us are exempt from this sin and that he himself is tempted by it each day. YIKES!  It gets worse...If you think the Pope's words are tough - read these words of the Lord, who doesn't limit his warnings to gossip, but rather cast

7 Ways to Grow in Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The month of June is traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus , with the feast of the Sacred Heart celebrated at the end of the Octave of Corpus Christi, 19 days after Pentecost. I have childhood memories of the various images of the Sacred Heart which adorned many friends and family member's homes in the Italian - immigrant neighborhood in which I grew up. It wasn't till I was an adult that I became interested in the history of the devotion, and eventually, we had our home enthroned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am by no means an expert on the devotion to the Sacred Heart, so writing this post has been both a reflection of things I have already done to grow in this devotion and a list of things I hope to do. 1. Learn In order to for any devotion to bear good fruit, it is essential that we know the history and significance of the devotion. Catholics have long been accused of entering into dubious and suspicious devotional practices. Understanding our own beautifu

"Navigating the New Evangelization": A Book Review

Father Raniero Cantalamessa's latest book Navigating the New Evangelization   provides a valuable addition to a growing body of books of the subject of evangelization in the church today. The book is a very readable compilation of teachings which Father Cantalamessa delivered to the Papal Household on the subject of evangelization during Advent 2010 and 2011. It would be a useful read not only for those who are directly involved in the work of the New Evangelization, but also for every Catholic who wishes to learn more about the history of evangelization in the church and how to respond to the current challenges facing the spread of the Gospel today - challenges faced by lay Catholics in the workplace, at backyard parties and among family members. The book is divided into two sections . The first section provides an overview of four major thrusts of evangelization in the history of the church, including the protagonists of those waves, the time periods during which they occurr

Fatherhood Quotes

As we look forward to the celebration of Father's Day this weekend, here are some quotes about Fatherhood to share: -1- This first quote is from Father Lawrence Lovasik's book "The Catholic Family Handbook" which is chock-full of down to earth, practical wisdom for raising Catholic families. -2- I first read this quote from St. Francis de Sales when I purchased a plaque entitled "Sleeping St. Joseph" for my husband for his first Father's Day. The plaque was a carving of a sleeping St. Joseph, cradling the sleeping infant Jesus in his arms. The quote from St. Francis de Sales was on the back of the plaque and it beautifully captured the image of this strong carpenter tenderly holding this tiny infant King. To this day the plaque rests in a stand on our mantle, opposite a statue of our Lady, and beneath the image of the Sacred Heart.  -3- Quotes 3 and 4 are taken from Sirach Chapter 3, which contains various exhortations on fatherhood

June Daybook: A Snapshot Into My Life

Outside My Window Too dreary and rainy outside to post a picture of that.....Instead, as the church honors the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the month of June, here is a picture of my mantle... I am thinking... About the amazing Pentecost Rally that I was  privileged  to be part of the core team for, which took place this past Saturday. Over 1500 people joined with our Bishop in attending this first-ever multi-cultural rally . It was truly a Pentecost experience bringing together the English-speaking, Hispanic, Haitian and Filipino communities in our Diocese "All together in one place" (Acts 2:1) to pray for a new Pentecost for our church.  What a joyful, Spirit-filled celebration!  I am thankful... For my wonderful husband who works so hard to protect and provide for our family and does it all with great love. He is a supportive homeschooling Dad and husband and seems to  intuitively  know when I am at the end of my rope - tossing in a lifeline of a