Monthly Archives: September 2018

5 Reasons Not to Seek Spiritual Consolation from God

I think Teresa of Avila might have made a great blogger. I read her Interior Castle this year, and while it was sometimes tricky reading, her organization style and penchant for lists would have made for some catchy titles: The … Continue reading

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52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God

A new 52 week series of reflections by Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC INTRODUCTION  This summer I had the chance to visit my family and spend some time with my nieces.  Being with them has taught me a lot. One thing … Continue reading

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A Litany of Hospitality

The German language has a great way of expressing broad ideas or sentiments in a single word. Treppenwitz literally means “staircase joke”, and describes that witty comeback you thought of too late. Fremdschämen is “exterior shame”, and describes the cringey … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Make a Spiritual Fresh Start this Fall

September’s here, the kids are back at school, and most of us are ready to move from the lazy-hazy chaos of summer to a bit of life-structure that helps us make the most of our time and energy. As we … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home Part 8: Holiness and the Courage to Speak Up

As a linguist, I love virtues with weird-sounding names. Benedicencia is the virtue of speaking well of others, from Latin bene, meaning “well”, and dicere, meaning “say” (we have the word benediction in English, so benedicencia really means to “speak … Continue reading

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