Prayer & Devotion

Practical advice for living a more Spirit-filled life

The Divine Comedy

The priest giving our Community’s retreat one summer exuded dignity and solemnity. Weighed and weighted were each word in his talks, each gesture of his Mass, even each step as he strolled the Motherhouse grounds. And yet — was I mistaken? — I detected a subtle twinkling in his eyes. No matter the heft of…

‘Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies …’

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence depicts a type of psychological brutalization practiced during 17th-century Japanese persecution of Christians, in which priests were told that their apostasy would save other captured Christians from torture. At the novel’s climax, a Jesuit missionary, who has already apostatized under these conditions, tells a fellow Jesuit now given the same alternative:…

An epiphany for us: God loves us constantly

Since Christmas fell on a Sunday in 2016, last Sunday’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Epiphany was immediately followed by the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Monday. This combination of feasts serves to highlight the Church’s traditional commemoration of three manifestations of Christ celebrated on the Epiphany: His manifestation to the…