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Advice and experience in prayer life

December 15, 2019

 Photo by Lachlan Gowen

This time of year can be really hard. While choirs sing of comfort and joy many people find themselves tending more towards discomfort and despair. For reasons of physical and mental illness, loneliness, the loss of a loved one, family distance or discord, economic instability… sometimes the emphasis on joyfulness in this season only serves to highlight the lack of joy in our own hearts.

Of all the Fruits...

November 15, 2019

Photo by Katie Moretta

One of the greatest issues I combat in the spiritual life is the drawing in of myself in a bland sentiment of being content.

I realize that often, a major stumbling block we face in our pursuit of sainthood is numbness.

In this earthly pilgrimage, I would find myself moving, but I would lose vision as to Who I am moving towards. It’s as though there is this fog, a haze in my mind and heart. There is a numbn...

November 9, 2019

Photo by Josh Applegate

It’s almost two years since I first went to the Traditional Latin Mass. Some friends from Western University’s Newman Catholic Students Club invited me to go on a road trip to Holy Angels Parish in St. Thomas, Ontario. I had never attended the Tridentine liturgy, having grown up with the vernacular Mass, also known as the liturgy of Paul VI, the Novus Ordo or the Ordinary Form of the Mass, which was a pr...

March 10, 2019

 Photo by Katie Moretta

Calvary flattens me.

When I look upon the cross, all the crutches of my own self-reliance start to splinter. I feel my own incapacity to return God’s love so acutely that the only relief is to look away. But I can’t look away.

In the fall, the Sisters of Life came to visit our chaplaincy in Kingston, and I had a chance to talk to one of them. I told her how I hated that I can’t return the love of the Cross...

December 22, 2018

 Photo by Lauren Schroth

It was my first Christmas away from home. 

At work I’d heard several co-workers talk about how they were “sick of Christmas”, or Christmas-ed out.  We were closing in on the 25thand they spoke ofhow they couldn’t wait for it all to be over. Christmas had gotten old. 

It certainly could have been worse for me. Though I was away from my immediate family, I had extended family and many friends...

October 1, 2018

 Photo by Katie Moretta

“What am I going to do with my life?”

This question feels unanswerable. On some days I want to become a teacher, others a social worker, others an academic, and by the end of each week I just want to be retired. I’m burning myself out trying to find an answer.

But I’m starting to realize, with the help of my sister St. Thérèse, that this question feels unanswerable because it is unanswerable. In fact, it’s...

June 10, 2018

 Photo credit to Enjuley Evers

Friends, The Great Apostolic Call once again rings out across the Church as Pentecost was recently upon us. We now celebrate when the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, so rushed into the world and revealed the true weight of Christ and His mission into the heart of the Apostles, who then in the same whirlwind, broke into the world to proclaim the Gospel that has endured up until t...

“Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” -John 20:21-23

Why do I have to receive the Sacrament of Confession after committing a mortal sin before I can receive the Eucharist?

When in a state o...

February 9, 2018

Lent is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in which we emulate the 40 days that Christ spent in the desert in preparation for his passion, death, and resurrection. Once, I used this season to diet, under the guise of penitential fasting. Never again! Instead, let's use this season to increase in all three of these areas: prayer (pray daily!), fasting (not necessarily food-related), and almsgiving (helping out those in...

February 3, 2018

 Photo Credits to Katie Moretta 

“Hmm, I really should have gone to bed earlier last night, I’m exhausted! I wonder what kind of donuts they’ll have after Mass. I hope it’s chocolate dip. Wow… that kid is really cute.”

These are some of my thoughts from last Sunday’s homily at my parish. You may think they seem random, but they have one thing in common: none of them have anything to do with the liturgy.

This is a common experienc...

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