Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Obedience (part 2 of 7)

Obedience, in regard to Benedictine spirituality, is about listening with the “ear” of your heart to God, self, and others. The Old Testament reads, “Sacrifice and offerings you do not want, but ears open to obedience you gave me… To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart”...

Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Introduction (part 1 of 7)

As Christians, we are blessed that God has given us so many sources to draw from to help us strengthen and grow in our faith. Imagine a tree, which starts as a seed in the ground and begins to sprout roots, breaking through the soil as a helpless sapling. The roots grow in various directions, pulling in...

Why Does Pope Francis Lead the Way He Leads?

Interesting question, right? If you’re looking for an even more interesting answer, read Chris Lowney’s new book called—you guessed it—Why Pope Francis Leads the Way He Leads. Chris is a friend and colleague and knows all about leadership and the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of...

St. Boniface

Today’s feast day reminds me of an unfinished task. Some years ago, while studying the German language, I stumbled across a book that contained a short life of St. Boniface. The book showed an image that depicted Boniface as a bishop with miter and pallium, holding a sword in his right hand with a book...

Thank You, Sisters

A few weeks ago my friend, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, Media Director for the US Catholic bishops’ conference, asked me if I would write a blog post for her. The annual national collection the Retirement Fund for Religious was coming up (it was last weekend in many parishes). I had told her about a...

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