Let’s Count Our Blessings: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were 4 Hours Ago? 14

According to local news reports, Biltrix could be sans électricité for another 7 to 10 days. That’s not so bad, all things considered. This is why we have iPads and Starbucks (I know, I really ought to avoid Starbucks, but they have wifi and working power outlets… But they are not doing so well as far as open seating goes these days). More…

Little Things Done with Great Love: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux 5

Six Mondays until the General Election…

And I decided not to write about that today, because today is the memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. So it seems more appropriate not to write about mundane things today.

Thérèse of Lisieux — 1873-1897


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…

Ask and You Shall Receive! Ask Nicely… Ask Wisely… 9

Unchecked Irony Leads to Despair

Ask and you shall receive! Seek and you shall find! Knock and the door will be opened on to you! For whoever asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to whomever knocks, the door will be opened.

“So why is it,” many ask, “that I never get what I ask for?” More…


Blessed feast of the Transfiguration to all of you. Here’s a meditation I wrote based on Rafael’s painting of the Transfiguration. It is a reminder that every moment in our lives is an opportunity to grow in faith.


Blaise Pascal once wrote:

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”

The picture above, taken from the bottom portion of Rafael’s Transfiguration,

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The Penitent Magdalene and the Way to True Conversion of Heart 12

By Fr Jason Smith

I have found no better representation of conversion and penance in art than The Penitent Magdalene, by George de la Tour. Though simple, it expresses the essential elements behind every conversion, and we can find in it powerful lessons to apply to our own life. Let’s take a closer look.

The Penitent Magdalen, George de la Tour


“See, I Told You She Would Come.” Interview with Someone Who Knew an Eyewitness at Fatima 1

Things become old much too quickly.

Imagine my delight, then, when last Friday I met someone who told me his Grandmother was present on October 13, 1917 at Fatima; she was personally present at the moment when the sun danced and fell out of the sky.

Suddenly Fatima jumped out of history like the sun did that day and became relevant and modern to me. More…