A gifted writer and preacher, St. Francis de Sales was named a Doctor of the Church in 1877—particularly for the spiritual direction which his writings provided for lay people. He understood the demands of everyday life and knew how to guide souls to holiness in the midst of it.
Some readers are intimidated by its apparent intensity. But Kempis knew the weakness of men and the resolve and perseverance necessary to reorder our lives for Christ. Though he wrote it for his brothers, who lived in community and withdrawn from the world, much of The Imitation of Christ is also applicable to us.
"Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, give us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone what we know you want us to do and always to desire what pleases You. Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footsteps of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus[...]
"O Almighty God, gracious provider and giver of life, we anxiously await the celebration of your birth. Like the people of long ago, our ancestors in faith, we, too, are in need of light, in need of direction, in need of your Word, to show us the way. Our busy lives and the consumerism that surrounds us make it difficult to reco[...]
O holy, patient, and loving God, in this season of grace-filled longing, we await the coming of your Son and our Savior. It is difficult for us to remember that this is a holy time. There are many distractions: commitments seem to pile up, and expectations are high. In the midst of our busy world, our busy lives, we need your he[...]
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: IN EXPECTATION OF OUR LORDView The Catholic Company's entire selection of Advent Prayer Books here.TODAY'S GOSPELJesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die[...]
Have you ever wondered what prompts us to pray? This thought occurred to me recently while at Adoration. As I poured out my cares and concerns to Jesus, it dawned on me that I was there because the Holy Spirit wanted me to be there.
Like it or not, you are at war. No matter who you are—whether or not you know it—you have a mortal enemy who wants to destroy you, not just in this life, but in the next. The first rule of any type of warfare is to know your enemy. How can you avoid being a casualty in a battle going on all around you if you don’t even recognize[...]
Part of what makes this DVD series so powerful is the quality of director Kevin Gallagher's production. This includes the choice of Shakespearean actor Leonardo Defilippis for narration, and on-location filming at sites such as the National Shrine, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Blue Army Shrine. Images and recreations of the[...]
The following is a powerful passage in the Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena. In this great spiritual classic, which made St. Catherine of Siena a Doctor of the Church, she records her mystical conversations with Jesus. St. Catherine of Siena died at the age of 33 after suffering a demonic spiritual assault, willingly giving he[...]