How to Live and Pray Like a Carmelite Without Joining a Monastery

Carmelite spirituality focuses heavily on this; that there is meaning even in the simplest things of life, the smallest tasks, the greatest tribulations. It is in realizing that this life is a pilgrimage that we discover the joy of life and the joy of God. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, O.C.D., in his book Carmelite Spirituality: The … Continue reading How to Live and Pray Like a Carmelite Without Joining a Monastery

If You Love the Catholic Church and Good Food, Pittsburgh Is Your Next Pilgrimage Destination

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with plenty of ethnic diversity and several unique churches. Residents and visitors agree that Primanti Bros. is a mandatory stop when visiting, and that if you take in a Pirates game, you'll be treated to a pierogi race. Or, check out a Penguins game and enjoy the home team winning. … Continue reading If You Love the Catholic Church and Good Food, Pittsburgh Is Your Next Pilgrimage Destination

Have You Prayed the Rosary with Sts. John Paul II and Teresa of Avila?

In Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Pope St. John Paul II proposed a new way of praying the rosary, a contemplative way. These meditations based on this way of praying are a little different than ones that may be traditionally used, but they are full of new insights and stir up the flame of love within hearts. Since … Continue reading Have You Prayed the Rosary with Sts. John Paul II and Teresa of Avila?

Mental Illness or Diabolical Possession? Can You Tell the Difference?

With Halloween upon us, many of us are probably thinking about the otherworldly, the evil, the mysterious, the ghoulish. Maybe you're watching some classic Halloween movies. A favorite subject of horror movies tends to be demonic possession. The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose come to mind immediately. But sometimes diabolical possession can look like a … Continue reading Mental Illness or Diabolical Possession? Can You Tell the Difference?