“God wants to speak to the world by your life”

My friend Peter asked Twitter today about our favorite encyclicals (and graciously let apostolic exhortations count too). This led me to reread my favorite, Gaudete et exsultate, which Pope Francis shared last year. As I’ve continued to immerse myself in the writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz, I’ve continued to struggle with his words and actionsContinue reading ““God wants to speak to the world by your life””

St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on prayer

I imagine all humanity in a great valley…immense and filled with sunlight. All people are in it, coming and going, moving and shouting… God is atop a mountain, from which he reigns over the valley, which is more immense than the sea… The men and women who are in it see the summit of theContinue reading “St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on prayer”

«si mirásemos un poco hacia ese Dios abandonado…»

I have been immersing myself in the life and writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911–1938), the first Trappist saint, and perhaps the only non-martyred saint who died during the Spanish Civil War. I will confess that when I learned about Rafael from a friend at a nearby monastery—a Trappist, you guessed it—those dates madeContinue reading “«si mirásemos un poco hacia ese Dios abandonado…»”

Saint Margaret of Cortona

Saint Margaret of Cortona artist unknown (if you own this image or can find the source, contact me!) I recently used Jen Fulwiler’s Saint’s Name Generator to find a patron saint for the coming year. (I last did this in 2017, when I met the wonderful Bl. Sára Salkaházi.) For 2019, providence and the algorithmContinue reading “Saint Margaret of Cortona”

“This is the person Christ has loved in loving you”

More than others you can be compared to the Church. When you are in your room, then, at night, think always on Christ, and wait for his coming at every moment. This is the person Christ has loved in loving you, the person he has chosen in choosing you. He enters by the open door; heContinue reading ““This is the person Christ has loved in loving you””

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria

De una Mujer se convencen todos los Sabios de Egipto, para prueba de que el sexo no es esencia en lo entendido. ¡Víctor, víctor! Prodigio fue, y aun milagro; pero no estuvo el prodigio en vencerlos, sino en que ellos se den por vencidos. ¡Víctor, víctor! ¡Qué bien se ve que eran Sabios en confesarseContinue reading “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

Cartas de América #19: we have got to write better hagiographies

It is necessary to tell stories about powerful men getting erotic satisfaction out of domination and violence being on the wrong side of God. It is good to shout that their victims are the holy ones. It is essential for the moral credibility of the Church to grasp these dynamics in the past if weContinue reading “Cartas de América #19: we have got to write better hagiographies”

“the utter ordinariness of holiness”

paulstead: “When we become saints (and I do say ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ on the assumption that some of us at least are likely eventually to open ourselves up to the transcendent holiness and love of God) we become so because we receive exactly what God gives to all his creatures. That is the infiniteContinue reading ““the utter ordinariness of holiness””

on the feast of Saint Lucy

She rejected a man and he had her killed. The year was 304. She was twenty years old. This is all we know. This is all we know, but there are stories. He was her mother’s choice; they needed the money. She fled to the tomb of another girl who had been killed for rejectingContinue reading “on the feast of Saint Lucy”