Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding 
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart 
against the wiles of the enemy; inflame my will...
I have heard your voice, 
and I don't want to harden my heart to resisting, 
by saying 'later... tomorrow.'
Nunc coepi! Now! 
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want, 
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it, 
I want it when you want it.



The Shepherd’s Tender Call

William Dyce - The Good ShepherdcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"What does the voice of the Good Shepherd sound like? Would you know it if you heard it? Our's is a media culture, dominated by distracting voices, sounds, and images which offer little rest to the senses, and even less peace for our souls. Information and misinformation are both freely circulated. Everything competes for our attention—to influence our opinions, to make us spend money—and often with the effect of drawing people into error and sin."


The Paschal Christ: The Living Sign of Divine Mercy

The Pascal Christ - squareBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"As we experience the uneasy inner tension between feelings of guilt and the desire for holiness, Christ’s wounds reveal the bridge between sinfulness and sanctity. His wounds simultaneously proclaim the remedy for sin and the justification for every holy aspiration." 


Seeds in the Savior’s Hands

Risen-Jesus 2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

We who live centuries after the historical fact of the resurrection are still called to be apostolic seeds, cast to the winds by the divine Sower. That we might be those dying but fruitful seeds, we must own by faith and love those personal encounters enjoyed by Mary Magdalene, Peter, John, and the rest. 


Entering the Kingdom by Violence

600-Jesus-AdulterousWoman570cropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

If “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Jas 4:6), then we must begin to see the contradictions and incongruities of life as coming from a God who is ever looking for an entry point into our lives. The only opening for grace in a fallen world—or even in an unfallen world—is humility, which is the truth (or reality) about ourselves. The humble person, rooted in the reality of who he is and what he needs to be saved from, is ready to accept the Providential mix of good and evil, virtue and vice, the ugly and the beautiful, as the basic ingredients of life and the stuff of sanctity. 


The Gift is not Like the Trespass: A Reflection on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Italian Neapolitan - The Return of the Prodigal Son - Google Art ProjectcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

“'I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance' (Lk 15:7). To know that God values our conversion that dearly makes every detail of the parable of the Prodigal Son resonate, as though it were our life story. 'Human life is in some way a constant returning to our Father’s house,' St Josemaria agrees. Indeed, 'the story of the prodigal son repeats itself in our lives,' as often as 'every day, and even repeatedly during the twenty-four hours of the same day'" (cf. Christ is Passing By, nos. 64, 91; Friends of God, no. 214). 


You Have Prepared a Table Before Me: Finding Mercy at Matthew’s Table

jesus-summons-matthew-to-leave-the-tax-office 3By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"At the beginning of Lent, this Gospel teaches us too how to become Christ’s welcome table-fellows. But the table to which He now calls us is that Table which is also an altar of sacrifice, an empty tomb, the most privileged place of our communion with God. We cannot think of Matthew’s table without also thinking of the other, because the table of sinners and the altar from which we partake of the Lord are one and the same table. It is the place where our deepest needs are met with God’s infinite bounty.


"The Conversion of the Children of God" (Lent)

3garamcrop By St. Josemaria Escriva

"'We are at the beginning of Lent: a time of penance, purification and conversion. It is not an easy program, but then Christianity is not an easy way of life."


You Have Enlarged My Heart to Run in the Way of Your Commands: The Presentation of the Lord and the Year of Consecrated Life

presentation-of-christ-in-the-templecropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"Traditionally a celebration of the consecrated life, the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation forms an especially meaningful moment in the Year of Consecrated Life proclaimed by the Holy Father (November 2014-February 2016). Pope Francis has invited religious and laity alike to cultivate a deep gratitude for a state of life which uniquely displays the work of God’s grace. Just as reverence for the priesthood and religious life are, according to St Josemaria, unmistakable signs of love for God’s Church, so such veneration also shows a fuller appreciation for what God’s grace can do in the lives of otherwise weak sinners (cf. The Way, no. 526)." 


Faith Like That of the Magi

the-adoration-of-the-magi.jpgcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"Our world, our families, our lives, are in a disarray that only God’s hand can untangle and set right. We must follow His star, the star that leads us away from our ways of thinking and acting, and into the presence of Christ and His mother. Keeping our eyes trained on the guiding light of God’s will prevents us from focusing too narrowly on the secondary things that He uses to bring us where we need to be."


"Christ Triumphs through Humility" (Christmas)

Ruta-del-belen-de-Aragon-Torreciudad-crop By St. Josemaria Escriva

"'This day shall light shine upon us; for the Lord is born to us.' This is the great announcement which moves Christians today. Through them it is addressed to all mankind. God is here. This truth should fill our lives, and every Christmas should be for us a new and special meeting with God, when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul."


"May you seek Christ, May you find Christ, May you love Christ." - St. Josemaria Escriva

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