Category: Saints

Suffering makes us seek the light.

tumblr_mhsjx81rbq1qcwhbgo1_500Suffering, little sufferings, big sufferings – it makes us seek the light. In larger sufferings, we of course throw our hands up, hit our knees, and pray. We find ourselves lost for any control or even effort – so we beg God for his assistance. We should be begging for mercy – but more often than not it a pleading for help.

It is the little sufferings where we often forget to seek God, and yet it is precisely those times that we should most easily seek Him. If we are lost in little ways, it is so conceited and full of ourselves if we think we can find the path, alone – without light. Shouldn’t we most want to ask God for the little favors since they are so little?

Saint Lucy is an important saint to our family. We are fiercely devoted to her, and she has often found much favor for us. I think God wants us to learn from the Saints – ways to love Him the way they did. With Lucy it was unwavering devotion – blind devotion. Yet, her name, she was the light – in her blindness, and devotion – it is then that we can most see God.

Saint Lucy – let us know that it is always darkest before the dawn, but that once we find the light and the light appears let us not forget the night. Let that night, the darkness remain in us just enough to keep us close to the light.

Saint Lucy – Ora Pro Nobis.

Prayer Request for a Dear Friend

I know my readership isn’t what it used to be, but I know that there are many devoted companions in this spiritual journey we call life. That is why I want to ask all of you to pray especially for a dear friend.

St. Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in battle. 
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
and do thou, 
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

St. Michael, Defend us in battle...
St. Michael, Defend us in battle…

Pray for the Nuns of the St. Thecla Orthodox Monastery in Syria

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Saint Thecla

The news coming out of Syria continues to be frustrating and grim. News broke today that 12 nuns from the St. Thecla Orthodox Monastery outside of Damascus.

Damascus (AsiaNews) – Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula (north of Damascus). Mgr Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus, confirmed the information after speaking with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate. Through the Vatican diplomat, the latter “calls on all Catholics to pray for the women religious.”

Please pray for them.

St. Thomas Aquinas – visually portrayed & an update

For those that don’t realize it, this blog was re-done in very minimal theme, but intentionally done in the black and white of the Dominican Order. A lot of my connection to Dominican spiritually is rooted in my appreciation for Thomistic thought and the Angelic Doctor himself.

The shield/sigil/logo I have was created by R. León over at Errantem Animum. The same is true for the Aquinas clip art down on the bottom right portion of my blog.

Recently, he created another depiction of St. Aquinas that I just love and wanted to share it with you:

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You really should go check out his blog.

Update:

Also, a little update on the blog. I was just starting to post more frequently when my life took another fork in the road. I took a new position and within a week of that decision my family and I moved to a new city and diocese. We are still in Michigan, but we are no longer in our “hometown” area or diocese.

The job itself is a great opportunity for me, and while it is a modest position for me in some aspects, in others it will be quite exciting and rewarding. I feel blessed for the opportunity and my family and I are quite excited about or new adventure. We dont know the area at all, and only know a few folks that live around here. We really want to find a parish to settle into, find a group of friends, and dive back into the Church head-first. With Lent approaching, I am praying that we can do just that. Most of all I want a support network for my wife, and a group of people like we had in Alaska that spiritually lift us up.

I don’t know how this will impact my blogging, but I hope that it energizes it in a new way and gives me material to write about that is efficacious and helpful. Hopefully I will be able to regularly update, and that blogging once again becomes an exercise that gives me spiritual vitality.

A note about Masses and parishes: There is a local parish that has a Sunday E.F. Mass. Our first weekend here we didn’t know the parishes or schedule and went to the closest Church to our vicinity. This week we had to attend the Vigil Mass because of a family event tomorrow. So hopefully in the next week or two we will be able to get to it.

There will definitely be challenges along the way, both in our spiritual journey as well as secular one. Please keep us in your prayers if you could.

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Feast of St. Michael, the Archangels & 3rd Blog Anniversary

Today is a twofold celebration for the blog.

First, it is Michaelmas, or the Feast of St. Michael in the Traditional Calendar (further explanation of the older Feast) as well as the Feast of the Archangels in the Modern Calendar. Continue reading