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Because St. Barbara is the Patron Saint of Artillery

It is the Feast of St. Barbara! As a former member of November Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, let me tell you something: this is a feast day celebrated throughout the entire US Armed Forces in the Artillery Community. Knowing … Continue reading

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For the Pause That Refreshes: Thoughts of the Desert Fathers on Living In Harmony

  A while back, I shared some brief thoughts on God by St. Augustine and a lesser know Dominican named Luis de Granada. Short passages they may have been, but they were formulated from swimming in deep waters. The same … Continue reading

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For The Prayers Of St. Gregory Of Narek (A Few Words For Wednesday) UPDATED

A few days ago, Pope Francis declared St. Gregory of Narek our newest Doctor of the Church. It appears that Grigor Narekatsi is a man of many talents. The hastily compiled list of his accomplishments on Wikipedia includes, “monk, poet, … Continue reading

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To Break My Fast From Being Merciful

I came across some wise words of a Doctor of the Church I had never heard of the other day. The subject? The importance of being merciful. For the longest time, and long before I became a Catholic, I thought … Continue reading

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To Become Fully Human (A Work In Progress)

  A few thoughts as we endure a day of penance in remembrance of the lives of the unborn sacrificed on the altar of convenience. Thoughts that inevitably revolve around commemorating Jesus’s triumph over death, and His becoming what we … Continue reading

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Because Thomas Merton Gave Lectures Like This On Love

Of the theological virtues Faith, Hope, and Love, St. Paul writes that the greatest of these is Love. Our Lord also said so when He was being questioned by the scholar of the law and gave us the Two Greatest … Continue reading

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For Evelyn Waugh’s Prayer of a Convert

Psst…I finished reading Evelyn Waugh’s novel Helena . I think it is fantastic and I enjoyed it immensely. Reading it makes we want to head with my family to the Holy Land on pilgrimage, bankrupting us in the process (oops, … Continue reading

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Dispatches From A Holy Land Pilgrimage…

Let us go to the place where His feet have stood (Psalm 132:7). That short verse (from Eusebius’s Greek translation of the psalm) sums up the entire reason for coming to the Holy Land.

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For Prayers Such As These For Advent

Before I became a Catholic, I had no idea what Advent meant. It was just another one of those weird, mysterious, Catholic words for a time in the year before Christmas. Nowadays, I appreciate it more because I understand that … Continue reading

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Oftentimes, The Best Blog Post Is The One With The Fewest Words…

Grasshopper recommends Counsels of Light and Love of St. John of the Cross for more thoughts like the one above.

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