David Medcalf, Country Cottage near Efailnewydd (CC BY-SA 2.0) First Mass

Clenching the wheel of his community’s beat-up beige Ford Taurus so tightly the color had fully drained from his hands, Father Eugene Felusiak raced up the Jersey Turnpike. As he successfully steered the vehicle from one lane to another, finding a way through the accumulated traffic, he half-wondered to himself whether his maneuvers were being aided,... [Read more...]

Adam Jones, Detail of Sacred Heart in Baroque Oil Painting (CC BY-SA 3.0) Hearts Like His

You’re always hurt most by those closest to you. The sharpest knives are wielded by family, religious brothers, or intimate friends, for they have a particular access to our hearts that is born of the strength of the bond between us. Through familial ties, religious profession, or the affection of friendship, we have given our hearts to imperfect... [Read more...]

An Education in Happiness

“I know that happiness isn’t the goal that we pursue.” It was just a passing remark, almost a throwaway line. But in a room full of Dominicans, the comment elicited groans of consternation. What was so shocking about the remark from Les Innocence, a French film set in Poland during the winter of 1945, was that the speaker was not some nihilistic... [Read more...]

Narcissus Lord, that I may see (more than myself)

After listening to a talk about the dangers of narcissism in the spiritual life, a brother turned to me and said, “I’m pretty sure that whole talk was about me.” I assured him that the talk was definitely about me. Kidding aside, the temptations to narcissism abound. As I pass people on the sidewalk or push onto a full Metro car, I’m aware of... [Read more...]

Francesco Conti, Saint Joseph with Christ Child 5 Ways St. Joseph Can Help Your Lent

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on March 19, 2015. How can St. Joseph help you this Lent?  I propose five ways.  Simplicity In John 6, when Jesus boldly declares, “I am the bread of life,” his hearers murmur among themselves and ask, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?”  (Jn 6:41).  Apparently, they considered Joseph... [Read more...]

The Fisher family front porch in South Carolina (Copyright © 2017 Sandy Fisher. Used with permission.) Our Heavenly Knoxville

“Son, no matter where you live or how far you may roam, Tennessee will always be your home.” This has been my dad’s mantra to me ever since I was in the crib. A South Carolinian for nearly 30 years, he admirably remains loyal to his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. Growing up, life was painted in Tennessee orange. I knew all the words... [Read more...]

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