the old blog

Everyone's seen THAT guy. Maybe as you are driving through a small town, you catch a glimpse of him on a street corner. Or maybe you even saw him at a protest for human rights. Yeah—the guy who is holding up the giant sign that says John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Easy right? We just need to have faith... [ Read more ]
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I wept much that no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, “Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he... [ Read more ]
Pope Francis has blessed the Church by bestowing the honor of Doctor to St. Gregory of Narek. This Armenian monk and priest is much beloved by the Armenian people and second only to St. Vartan in popularity. His hymns can be found in the many services of the Armenian Rite, and his commentary on the Song of the Songs and his Book of Lamentations are both a treasury of teaching and contemplative wisdom. St. Gregory lived most of his life at the... [ Read more ]
Do not seek spiritual gifts. Do not seek to be filled with wisdom for the sake of being seen as wise. Do not seek to be a charitable person, so that people may say "look, there's so and so doing such a wonderful things." Do not fast, so that you may hear whispers in the halls of how pious your fast is. Do these things with an indifference to what the world thinks of them. As long as we care not for what our "image" is,... [ Read more ]
  Adoration of the Mystic Lamb God by grace resides in the just soul as in a temple, in a most intimate and peculiar manner. From this proceeds that union of affection by which the soul adheres most closely to God, more so than the friend is united to his most loving and beloved friend, and enjoys God in all fullness and sweetness. Pope Leo XIII   For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When... [ Read more ]