December 19, 2017

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence. … We need silence to be able to touch souls. — St. Teresa of Kolkata

December 18, 2017

He did submit himself unto the elements, unto cold and heat, hunger and thirst, concealing his power and despoiling himself thereof in the likeness of man, in order that he might teach us weak mortals with what patience we ought to bear…

December 16, 2017

One of the signs of the genuineness of inspirations, especially extraordinary ones, is peace and tranquility of heart in those who receive them, since the Holy Spirit is indeed powerful, but with a strength that is gentle, mild, and…

December 15, 2017

It is good for us to encounter troubles and adversities from time to time, for trouble often compels a man to search his own heart. It reminds him that he is an exile here, and that he can put his trust in nothing in this world. — St.…

December 14, 2017

The virtuous soul that is alone and without a master is like a lone burning coal; it will grow colder rather than hotter. Those who fall alone remain alone in their fall, and they value their souls little since they entrust it to themselves…

The Mass: The Living Word

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of Fr. Longenecker’s series in which he explains the deeper significance of the elements of the Catholic Mass. Click here to read part one.  Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is one of the most easily…

The Mass: Praising & Processing

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles in which Fr. Longenecker explains the deeper significance of elements of the Catholic Mass. We’re lined up at the back of church. The high school student who is thurifer holds the…