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Reading the Signs of the Times

Reading the Signs of the Times

Any rational observer of the world can see that a big storm is on the horizon. Shaken by the failure of political and religious structures, as well as empty cultural realities, the world is looking around for something that cannot be shaken. Yet because of the...

Prayer: An Art We Need to Learn

Prayer: An Art We Need to Learn

How can the Holy Spirit be in our life if our heart is far from Him? The Catechism quotes St. Alphonsus: “Those who pray are certainly saved. Those who do not are certainly damned.” This reminds me of a quote from the great boxer Mohammad Ali. Someone once asked him how he won so often:

The Hope of the Narrow Way

The Hope of the Narrow Way

Fr. Richard Vigoa, the pastor of St. Augustine Church in Coral Gables, Florida, shared the following homily with his parish in 2019 on the second Sunday of Lent. Fr. Vigoa is enrolled in the Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) Program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in...

Embracing the Three Disciplines of Lent

Embracing the Three Disciplines of Lent

Dear Faithful Friends, Can you believe it? Lent is here! I must admit, for most of my life I’ve had mixed feelings about Lent—understanding it was “good for me,” but not really looking forward to the self-denial. This Lent is a little different, because the Lord has...

Surrendering to the Spirit

Surrendering to the Spirit

This article originally appeared in Renewal Ministries' February 2020 newsletter. Ralph Martin was introduced to  Fr. Paul Sciberras while speaking at a priests’ retreat in Malta. In this testimony, Fr. Paul, head of the Department of Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and...

A Biblical Perspective on Marriage

A Biblical Perspective on Marriage

This article originally appeared on the Archdiocese of Detroit's website Unleash the Gospel. From beginning to end, the Bible is one great love story. The very first human words in Scripture are Adam’s outburst of joy at seeing Eve, his bride, for the first time:...

Family Life in the Domestic Church

Family Life in the Domestic Church

This article originally appeared on the Archdiocese of Detroit's website Unleash the Gospel. Thirty-three years ago, united in the sacrament of marriage, Peter and I began an exciting and mysterious adventure. We charted a course for our life that wasn’t based on...

‘Walk by the Spirit’ in the Year Ahead

This letter originally appeared in Renewal Ministries' January 2020 newsletter. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Ralph has asked me to share a few thoughts about a resolution we can make that has the potential to yield abundant fruit in the year ahead! This is the time of...

Resting in Confident Expectation

This article originally appeared in The Proclaimer newsletter for Tom Edwards Evangelistic Society, Inc. By Tom Edwards, Renewal Ministries' Country Coordinator "Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth." (Ps 46:11) The...

Out on a Limb for God

A friend once told me, “Being out on a limb for God is the perfect place to be in ministry.” It is such a simple yet profound thought, and it reminds me of another phrase I often hear: “The way you spell faith is R-I-S-K.” While I can envision those phrases being used...

Setting Our Heart on Jesus

This post originally appeared on the blog for the Be Love Revolution. By Emily Messiter It happens every year around the second week of Advent: I find myself slightly overwhelmed by a list of pre-Christmas to-do’s, mixed with a constant buzz in my head of perfect...

Travelling the World to Reach One Heart

“I’m taking a rosary walk.” “Don’t get lost.” “Very funny.” I stood up stiffly from the low cot where I had been reading for hours under piles of blankets and leaned against the damp windowsill, peering through the dirty glass into a bleak Alaskan landscape. The late...

Affection for Sin Presents Serious Danger

This article originally appeared on the St. Paul Center Blog. I loved studying the teachings of the greatest Doctors of the Church in the area of spirituality. It took me a long time from starting with John of the Cross and working through all six of the Doctors I...

Experiencing the Lord’s Goodness in Cameroon

This article originally appeared in Renewal Ministries' November 2019 newsletter. “Now to Him who by means of His power working in us is able to do more than we can ever ask, or even think—to God be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever!” (Eph...

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