Notes From the Field

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide

On the Plains of Ur

"From this place, where faith was born, from the land of our father Abraham, let us affirm that God is merciful and that the greatest blasphemy is to profane his name by hating our brothers and sisters. Hostility, extremism, and violence are not born of a religious...

“The Loop of Grace”

God’s grace, precisely because it is grace, cannot be held on to; rather, it is had only in the measure that it remains grace—that is to say, a gift given away. -Bishop Barron, Daily Gospel Reflection 021321


In today's reading Job laments the trouble that has befallen him. What he does not yet realize is that he is passing through death to new life, just as we all must do.


Self-indulgent living brings sterility. The demographic winter many Western countries are now living through is the fruit of that complacent culture of selfish well-being. - Pope Francis, Let Us Dream

The Remnant is a Remnant of 1

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the Lord: Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, to the tyrannical city! She hears no voice, accepts no correction; In the Lord she has not trusted, to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purify the lips of the...

Random Thoughts

Try Mother Teresa's 5-second prayer to Mary for when you need supportTwo of the Church's most powerful female intercessors have to be St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Virgin Mary. Throughout Mother Teresa's long life on earth, which was fully devoted to helping...

Random Thoughts

How would you respond if God surprised you by asking you to do something that seemed beyond your ability? You might be tempted to see only the obstacles and not the grace that God promises. You might need to ask questions and get some reassurance. In the end, though,...

Random Thoughts

Bishop Barron: Doing some real Advent spiritual workWe will never be adequately prepared for the coming of the Savior unless and until we feel in our bones that there is something we need to be saved from. If we don't require salvation, then Jesus devolves, very...

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