Prayer to Embrace God in Love by St. Anselm of Canterbury

As I prepare for my eight-day silent retreat this afternoon, I came across this prayer from St. Anselm of Canterbury. “I am desperate for your love, Lord. My heart is aflame with fervent passion. When I remember the good things you have done, my … [Read more...]

Summary of The Meaning of the Mass by Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr_57fD6Ado&t=313s In this talk, Fulton Sheen explains the meaning of the Mass. This is a fantastic talk that deserves to be listened to many times. Below are some notes I've taken while listening to the … [Read more...]

Summary of Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith by Fr John McCloskey III and Russell Shaw

Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith by Fr John McCloskey III and Russell Shaw, Ignatius Press, 2007. Drawing on moving, firsthand accounts of conversions gathered by Fr. McCloskey (famous "convert maker" priest) … [Read more...]

Summary of Priestly Spirituality by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Priestly Spirituality by Hans Urs von Balthasar. Translated by Frank Davidson, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2013.   On Priestly Spirituality "The fundamental basis of all priestly spirituality - whether it concerns the religious or the … [Read more...]

Summary of The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila

Resources Used: Teresa of Ávila. The Way of Perfection. Second Edition. London: Thomas Baker, 1919. Prayer 1: Genuine prayer and self-indulgence do not mix. "The first chapter of our Rule bids us ‘Pray without ceasing’: we must obey this with the … [Read more...]

Summary of If Your Mind Wanders at Mass by Thomas Howard

If Your Mind Wanders at Mass by Thomas Howard, San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 1995.  INTRODUCTION Since the apostolic era, Christians have approached Mass, as the central act of worship, with both great ardour (spontaneity and devotion) and profound … [Read more...]

Prayer is the #1 Pastoral Activity of a Priest

Just a short collection of some good quotes reminding us of the importance of prayer in the life of a priest...  Pope Benedict XVI “Activism by itself can even be heroic, but in the end, external action is fruitless and loses its effectiveness unless … [Read more...]

Summary of Heart of the Christian Life: Thoughts on Holy Mass by Pope Benedict XVI

Heart of the Christian Life: Thoughts on Holy Mass by Pope Benedict XVI, Ignatius Press, 2008.  The Bread of LifeWhereas on Holy Thursday we process with Jesus to the Mount of Olives to accompany Him in solitude during His betrayal towards the via … [Read more...]

Catholic Summary of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Saints are men and women who perform acts of heroic virtue habitually. In our journey to the heights of holiness, we need to create good habits so that God's grace may transform us "from one degree of glory to another" (2 Corinthians 3:18). Always … [Read more...]

Summary of Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

Resources used: Teresa of Ávila, The Interior Castle. London: T. Jones, 1852. Dubay, Thomas. Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel—On Prayer. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1989. Introduction to Interior … [Read more...]