By Kennedy Hall Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for the valiant, and a gymnasium for athletes. Fasting repels temptations, anoints unto piety; it is the comrade of watchfulness and the artificer of chastity. In war it fights … [Read more...] about How to Fast
AGAINST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS The First Commandment Have you doubted in matters of faith? Consulted fortune-tellers? Believed in dreams? Made use of superstitious practices? Gone to places of false worship and taken an active part in the religious services of a false church? Belonged to Masons, Communists, of some other forbidden society? Read anti-Catholic books or papers? … [Read more...] about An Examination of Conscience
We will be doing a series starting in Holy Week and continuing through Paschaltide entitled Holy Days of Opportunity. This is meant to explore the spiritual benefits and opportunities that we have been given by God in this strange crisis that is upon us. As we consider the wrath of God that has been visited upon us, we must be good sons of our Heavenly Father, who shows us … [Read more...] about Holy Days of Opportunity: What is Mental Prayer?
St. Benedict sums up the spiritual necessity of the Four Last Things in his chapter “What Are the Instruments of Good Works”: To have wholesome fear of the day of judgment. With fear to shrink from hell. To long for eternal life with all spiritual desire. To have the expectation of death daily before one’s eyes. Kennedy Hall Death Judgment Heaven Hell Nathaniel … [Read more...] about The Four Last Things
Our Lord Commands us to Suffer in order to follow Him In the Gospel of St Luke, at the moment when “great multitudes” followed Him, our Lord turned to them and said If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come … [Read more...] about This is the Secret to Christian Happiness