A Prayer, Tears, and Embrace 15

There are some moments when no words will suffice. Only prayer, tears, and an embrace.

Our heart and prayers at Biltrix go out to the children, parents, and community in Newton, CT. May the Lord console and help them as they recover from this horrible tragedy.

Prayer of Saint Francis More…

God Is More Powerful 4

By Fr Jason Smith

The Immaculate Conception teaches us something very positive: God is stronger than sin and where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. (Romans 5:20)

This truth is brought home in a special way in Mary’s life, for she, on account of a singular privilege of God, and in view of the merits of Christ’s death, was preserved from contracting original sin, and came into existence already completely holy. More…

Jesus, our Hidden King 12

Thy Kingdom Come!

By Fr Jason Smith

In Rome there was a street that I loved to walk down. In one block it had three churches and a café called “Snack Bar”. I thought it was funny because back home in Minnesota where I grew up, we’d joke that there were three bars and one church on the street. Only in Rome! More…

All Souls Day: Why We Pray for the Dead 5

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.”

Death is a mystery to us, the great unknown.

Yet Christian language has a very positive, hope-filled language towards the mystery of death, as we pray in the Collect today at Mass:

“Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord, and, as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength.” More…

Our Hearts are Battle Ground States 9

Gospel Reflection on Mark 10, 17-30, by Fr Jason Smith LC

They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,”Then who can be saved?”Jesus looked at them and said,”For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”

It struck me this morning while celebrating Mass that we ask God for mercy eight times. Are we really that bad? More…

The Awakening Conscience 22

By Fr Jason Smith

The Awakening Conscience

We ache because we are not full.

In The Awakening Conscience William Holman Hunt places his finger—or brush, better said, on the ache found deep within every person: We either have God who alone can fill us, or we will endlessly try to pursue the things that cannot do so.

By most standards today, the woman in Hunt’s painting should be blissfully happy, if wealth, prestige, social status, gourmet eating, sexual encounters, and the like, indeed left one filled. More…

Praying When We’re Busy (And We’re All Busy) 21

Fr Jason Smith

I went to Manhattan yesterday to get a wisdom tooth pulled. Thankfully the dentist was so adroit I was left with an hour or two of leisure to snap pictures of the city and Grand Central as I waited for the train. More…