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The Devotion of Father Solanus Casey

Thank God ahead of time.  This sentence nearly leapt off the page of a thin book of collected quotes by Father Solanus Casey that I purchased at the St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit.  I was a young college student, and my faith was in its springtime as I embraced my singlehood to grow and mature […]


Move forward

One of the biggest temptations for those on the spiritual path, and one I have fallen into often, is self absorption. Looking inward is important, self knowledge, or the growth in it, is an absolute necessity, painful though it is. Self knowledge allows us to face up to our own sins, but not only that, […]


Why God Sometimes Says “No”

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17) We’ve all experienced those occasions when our prayers seem to have gone “unanswered”. Given the many comments in the Bible regarding the Lord hearing our prayers, could there really be such a thing as “unanswered prayer”? […]


Have full and sure confidence in God

He bids us then have a full and undoubting confidence of the answer only in those things which are not for our own advantage or for temporal comforts, but are in conformity to the Lord’s will. And we are also taught to put this into our prayers by the Lord’s Prayer, where we say “Thy […]