February 26, 2017

#16........"He who loves Me, says the Lord, will keep My commandments, and this is my commandment, that you love one another."  Thus he who does not love his neighbor fails to keep the commandment, and so cannot love the Lord."

How literally do we have to take this comm...

February 23, 2017

Here is # 13 :  "The person who loves God cannot help loving every man as himself, even though he is grieved by the passions of those who are not yet purified.  But when they amend their lives, his delight is indescribable and knows no bounds."

And #15 :...

February 19, 2017

I want to comment briefly on fear of God.  Some souls only give God "a try" because they fear going to hell.  Other souls try God because they want truth. Others come to God because he is beautiful - and the Holy Spirit has given them a  "look" in some way and they wan...

February 17, 2017

Paragraph 2 tells us that certain things are connected....that faith leads to fear of God, which leads to self-control, which leads to patience, which leads to hope in God, which leads to dispassion, which leads to love.  I am quoting from the Philokalia which is a tre...

February 16, 2017

I am planning to spend a lot of time writing about St. Maximus the Confessor, reflecting on his teaahings on love. He wrote 400 "paragraphs" on love, and this is the first:  

     ""Love is a holy state of  the  soul, disposing it to value knowedge of God above all crea...

February 9, 2017

Have closet, will pray ☺

When I was a pastor I got requests every day to pray for people.  I still get a few but would love more. My prayer closet is 5×5 and perfect for praying the rosary for whoever needs prayer.  So, keep me busy!  It costs you nothing but a quick em...

February 8, 2017

If anyone wants me to talk about some aspect of the spiritual life, just ask a question in the the comments box.  I will not be able to talk about everything folks bring up, but I can maybe help a little.☺

February 4, 2017

Another aspect of concern - pastoral concern - is the very real "off course" venue adopted by folks who become obsessed with messages.  Often they enter the dark world of conspiracy theories and attribute it all to an apocalyptic  revelation of impending divine punishm...

February 2, 2017

I've been asked to talk a little about Marian apparitions, which are both a blessing and cause for real caution.  First let's make a list of some things we know are part of  the Catholic Church's take on the subject:

      1. Catholics are NOT required to believe i...

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