Quotes and Reflections from Matthew Kelly’s “Rediscover Catholicism”: Part 1

Several months ago, I had the great pleasure of reading Matthew Kelly’s “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic,” a terrific book identifying the four unique characteristics of what Kelly referred to as “dynamic Catholics,” those parishioners who are the … Continue reading

Before Sin: Life in Paradise

I recently finished reading C.S. Lewis’ science fiction novel Perelandra, the second book in his Space Trilogy.  In the first book, Out of the Silent Planet, the main character, Elwin Ransom, traveled to the planet Mars, known as Malacandra to … Continue reading

Quotes and Reflections from “Meditation” by Thomas Merton (Part 1)

I originally purchased Thomas Merton’s “Spiritual Direction and Meditation” because I’ve been in the midst of changing spiritual directors, and I wanted to read more on the topic as I reflected on whether the Lord was calling me to continue … Continue reading

Quotes and Reflections from “Spiritual Direction” by Thomas Merton

Spiritual direction is a practice that recently has received a great deal of publicity about the Catholic laity.  While it was once something primarily connected with the religious life, it has since become something embraced by the Catholic world at … Continue reading

Evangelization, Love, and Friendship

One of my favorite subjects of reflection is definitely evangelization, which probably doesn’t surprise many of you considering how many posts I’ve dedicated to the topic over the past few weeks.  Evangelization is a key part of my ministry, especially … Continue reading

“Taken, Blessed, Broken, and Given”: Further Reflections of Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved”

I spent last week reflecting on some of my favorite quotes from my latest spiritual reading book, Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved,” and I’d like to continue along the same lines with this next post.  In my last post, … Continue reading

“I Am His Beloved, and He Is Mine”: Reflections on Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved”

“I am His Beloved, and He is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3).  It’s quite possibly my favorite passage in all of Scripture.  There is just something about being called ‘Beloved’ that speaks to the heart, especially to that of a … Continue reading