I think for this, St. Andrew ought to be some patron of writers. Those with writer’s block or struggling with the prospect of starting a book ought to pray to St. Andrew.
Caryll is the spiritual writer for the woman at the sink, washing the dishes. She is the writer for the fellow in the car, once again off to work in the dark hours of the morning only to return home in darkness again.
Today marks the Memorial of the Martyrs of Vietnam often referred to as the Memorial of Andrew Dung Lac and …
The care of the littlest one is our responsibility, at the local level. It is not for the State to come in and usurp our authority by usurping our responsibility.
Every little act of kind attention to God’s creation can be a salvific and sanctifying act of grace…if only we could turn our hearts over to Him.
Beware those who wish to make the State the mother of all invention.
The ritual demonstrates a willingness to lose ourselves in the largeness of the thing before us. Ritual is a sign of physical solidarity with the world. Ritual is humanizing and oh so human.
Here is another quick bit from Henri de Lubac.
Pope St. Leo the Great makes it clear that almsgiving is not an option but a necessity for the spiritual life. By it we redeem our sins.
This feast helps us to remember that the great basilicas of the world are physical reminders of the glory that awaits us in heaven, and of the glory which exists within us if only we would clear out the stain of sin and allow Christ’s healing hand to work its craft.
Oh, the mercy of God is a beautiful thing.
The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church is not some optional addendum to the work of catechetics. It is necessary, and it is something which in the patristic age was given “prominence.”