The Stations of the Cross with Saint Therese

Wondering how to enter into Lent in a new way this year? The Stations of the Cross are a beautiful Lenten tradition. This devotion allows us to walk with Jesus towards Calvary, reflecting on how we can “take up your cross and follow Him.” There have been many reflections on The Stations of the Cross…

The Sacrament of Marriage: A Sign of Christ’s Love

Recently, I got to attend the wedding of one of my good friends. My friend and her (now) husband are a couple who are truly going to live out the Sacrament of Marriage. The priest gave an incredible homily focused on the message of Ephesians 5-that the Sacrament of Marriage is meant to be a…

Christmas: Imaginative Meditation

For an introduction to imaginative prayer check out this post. Journeying towards Christ Grace: for interior knowledge of the Lord, that I may more love and follow Him. In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all…

Advent: What’s it all about? Preparation and Penance

Have you ever noticed the similarities between Lent and Advent? In both seasons, the liturgical color is a shade of purple. The Mass is a little more simple. During Advent, the Gloria is omitted; during Lent the Alleluia is omitted. Why is this? Because Advent, like Lent, is meant to be a penitential season. Getting…

Death: Are You Prepared for the end, of life and of the world?

I learned several things about my Grandpa after he died. Most importantly, he was prepared. Although his death seemed sudden to us, he had everything in order. In the months before his death he worked harder than his heart could take. He must have had a premonition. He was a few years older than my…

Imaginative Prayer: Encountering Christ Through His Word

A main part of the mission of One Pearl is to help you encounter Christ’s love through the scriptures. I’ve found that one of the most effective ways of praying with scripture is to use your imagination. Saint Ignatius of Loyola recommended this way of praying, which I will refer to as imaginative prayer, or…

Ordinary Time: I am with you always through the Holy Spirit

My heart sank when I saw these words in my office book on Pentecost:

“The Easter Season ends with the conclusion of Evening Prayer.”

The sweet consolation of Easter, basking in the glory of the Resurrection, my patroness (my religious name was Sr. Magdala Marie) popping up all over the place: it was all over.  Then I realized that Ordinary Time is ushered in by a series of solemnities to wean us off of desserts, Alleluias and perhaps even his felt presence.

Pentecost: What’s it all about?

What does the word Pentecost bring to mind?

I know a few years ago when I was pondering the New Pentecost needed in our Church I was very focused on the externals.  I think expressing our love for God and praising him with full heart and voice is very important, but I’ve come to realize that there is something more basic going on.

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