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The Spiritual Life: lessons from the Vineyard on how to grow in the Christian life through obedience, self-denial and prayer

The vineyard is the spiritual life of the Christian. The Lord has prepared the ground by removing stones and tilling, planted her in fertile soil and given her all she needs to be fruitful.  At the first sign of fruit, she is pruned, channeling all of His grace, all of the growing energy into the fruitful branches. 

Samaritan Woman: Imaginative Meditation

Big drops of salty sweat sting my eyes. I blink rapidly to relieve the burning sensation. I wish I could wipe them away, but my large water jar requires the use of both hands. Just a little further.

Mercy: You’re never too far gone

I’ve loved the Divine Mercy message revealed to Saint Faustina for years but, like many truths of the faith, it took a concrete incident for me to “get it.” I used to do nursing home ministry and that, more than anything, taught me about poverty and God’s love.

Holy Thursday: A marriage proposal. How will you respond?

Holy Thursday is when Jesus instituted the Eucharist, but did you know that he was secretly asking the Apostles to marry him? This sounds crazy, but I promise I didn’t make it up. The first time I heard about this was from Mike Donehy, the lead singer of Tenth Avenue North, in this video.

Confession: the only stream that satisfies

“Father, forgive me for I have sinned.  It has been two weeks since my last confession.” I fidget in my chair for a moment, playing with the black skirt of my postulant uniform, and glance up at the picture on the opposite wall. It is an extreme close up of one of my favorite bible…

Humility: How Jesus and Saint Francis Turned My Life Upside Down

What is true humility? Our culture tells us not to be doormats, not to let others walk all over us. Christ tells us to turn the other cheek and to rejoice in the face of persecution.  

On day twenty-three of Rediscover Jesus, Matthew Kelly, after hinting at the radical surrender that Jesus call us to, says in a more blatant way that he actually wants to turn our entire lives upside down. Jesus never wants us to get comfortable or complacent, so he likes to shake things up once in a while! More than anything, he loves turning upside down the world’s values, our plans and how we relate to one another. In other words, he wants to humble us, he wants the last to be first, and the first to be last.

Christ the King: King of Hearts, King of the Universe

Praise be to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! The Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrate today, is a fairly recent addition to the liturgical calendar.  It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925.  The encyclical Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), explains the reasons for establishing…

Heaven: its a party you don't want to miss! Come to the Wedding Feast.

Everyone has their own concept of heaven. What do the scriptures tell us awaits for us in the afterlife? A Wedding Feast! The Father has prepared a wedding banquet with food and drink that satisfies our deepest hunger.  The Father begs us to come to the feast.  He has prepared the choicest food and has…

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