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Priests Battle the Pouring Dark of Loneliness THE BLACK BIRETTA - April 4, 2014 ... years then are appointed pastor, usually in a parish where they live alone. Living alone is part of the diocesan priesthood but it also warrants an even more aggressive effort by every priest to seek, foster and promote sacerdotal fraternity. When priests are alone too much, i.e., when they have no priest friends with whom they get together on a regular (monthly at least) basis, they can succumb to unhealthy responses. Alcoholism, gambling and other addictive behavior can often tempt a priest ...http://blackbiretta.blogspot.com/2014/04/priests-battle-pouring-dark-of.html
Kids Wanna Know SMALLER MANHATTANS - March 21, 2014 The next few posts link to RAnn's Sunday Snippets Too Catechetical for Words We had 28 class meetings on this year's Wednesday Night Sunday School schedule. Since New Year's we've lost two days to snow, plus about another 1/2 class to other events. The later in the year I lose classtime, the harder it is to compensate. I don't talk faster because we already move at the Speed of Comprehension. What I do instead is prioritize and eliminate, like Frederick the Great. Two ...http://platytera.blogspot.com/2014/03/kids-wanna-know.html
The Case for Relocation TRUE RESTORATION - March 10, 2014 ... together on other fronts present themselves. While I have a number of well-known issues with the SSPX, I am consistently edified by the Catholic businesses in St. Mary's, Kansas that take care to not just employ parishioners, but often base pay on the number of children each breadwinner supports. That's awesome. My favorite Bishop Williamson sermon is " Life is Short, Eternity is Long " and at a certain point in the sermon he repeats it like a mantra. It has become one for me as well - a ...http://truerestoration.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-case-for-relocation_10.html
Practical Lenten Ideas PAUL MASEK'S BLOG - March 5, 2014 ... If you are like me, perhaps you've made Lenten commitments in the past that were difficult – if not impossible - to maintain. Broken Lenten promises can easily lead to unnecessary guilt and shame, which then leads to despair. In previous Lenten seasons, I have found myself lamenting, "If I can't keep these simple promises, why should I even try?" It's important to keep trying to because our attempts make God happy. One of my favorite prayers by Thomas Merton includes these lines "I ...http://stlyouth.org/practical-lenten-ideas
§ Personal Modalities of Prayer BARTIMAEUS' QUIET PLACE - February 28, 2014 About Personal Modalities pf Prayer The Essence of Prayer is in Personal Dialog with God My dear fellow Pilgrims in Christ Jesus, In my previous article on Worship I presented to you a section from Jorge Madrid's reflections on prayer as he has personally experienced it. I intentionally began with his essay on Worship because it emphasizes the importance of coming before the Father "in spirit and in truth" whenever we ...http://quietplace4prayer.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/%C2%A7-personal-modalities-of-prayer/
Too Busy to Pray! NUNBLOG - January 10, 2014 ... community. Plus a messy stack of business cards that I haven't figured out where to file, and a few printed sheets that are on the floor in my doorway so I remember to deal with them. I know that doesn't look like too many people's definition of temptation, but it sure is just that for me. See, one of the biggest threats to my prayer life comes in the form of the impulse to "make room for prayer" by clearing up my to-do list--or at least ...http://romans8v29.blogspot.com/2014/01/too-busy-to-pray.html
Toward the Cloister Door THE CLOISTERED HEART - January 9, 2014 ... open before me, nothing blocks it. Once I reach the heavy, ancient door, I won't even have to open it. All I'll have to do is knock. Still. I hesitate. I stand. I am alone, looking at the silent gray building just up the hill. A chill wind stings my face. I took one last look at myself before catching the bus here: one last glance, for I know there are no mirrors in cloisters. My face looked good (may the saints forgive me, I'll say pretty), although a bit ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2014/01/toward-cloister-door.html