Tag: Blessed Virgin Mary

In Silence and Prayer

From Robert Cardinal Sarah in The Power of Silence: 344. I had this wonderful, rich experience with Brother Vincent-Marie of the Resurrection, who belonged to the community of canons regular in Lagrasse. Stricken by multiple sclerosis, he gradually lost his faculties of speech and movement. Despite that painful situation, Brother Vincent remained serene, joyful, and patient. All our meetings unfolded…

The Wonder of Light

I’m trying, once again, to work poetry into my life. I’m not writing it. My penchant for that seems to come and go. No, what I’m striving for is reading it—every day. At the moment, I’m focusing on the work of Allen Tate, a Southern author who lived from 1899 to 1979. Today I enjoyed this: Sonnet to Beauty The wonder…

A Fighting Religion

I’ve long been a fan of Archbishop Charles Chaput. I met him in 1998, when he was Archbishop of Denver, and 20-month-old Luke and I were spending a day at the Denver Archdiocese Pastoral Center, as I had been asked to proofread the The Denver Catholic Register before it went to press when the editor was out of town. (I had…

Suffering and Sorrow

Two Meditations of the Day and an Essay from Magnificat resonated with me this week. The first comes from Father Bernard Bro, a Dominican priest, described as a distinguished theologian and author of many books. I’ve read meditations from him in the past, and have always been moved and impressed by his erudition, common sense, and ability to communicate deep…

The Road to Hell

Reading a book filled with unlikable characters can be tough, and I’m talking about those in which I, as a reader, like none of them, not a single one. I used to be a fan of Margaret Atwood until it one day dawned on me that I couldn’t stand any of the people she created. In fact, I found her…

Peace with You

Peace of Heart is a concept that entered my consciousness a few years ago when I met Father Jacques Philippe in the pages of Magnificat. I went on to buy and read his book Searching for and Maintaining Peace: a Small Treatise on Peace of Heart. It was a good first or second step, but I’ve discovered that finding and…