Meditation on Mary and Joseph

Meditation on Mary and Joseph

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I hope everyone has had a good beginning to Advent! As we prepare to celebrate the Birth of our Saviour, it may be good to apply some of our discussions on meditation. St. Francis often used physical images to help him ponder Our Lord’s Life.  I ...

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Dominican Spirituality 2018

Dominican Spirituality 2018

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In the course of the reform of the Church and the blossoming of the Middle Ages in the 13th century, Our Lord used two men vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience: St. Francis and St. Dominic.  We discussed meditation in the manner of St. Francis last ...

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Benedictine Meditation & Spirituality

Benedictine Meditation & Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we have been discussing meditation, we begin to look at the different types of meditation in the Catholic Church.  Often, religious orders will have similar, yet distinct types of meditation based upon each one’s spirituality.  It is very benefici ...

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Benedictine Meditation and Spirituality

Benedictine Meditation and Spirituality

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we have been discussing meditation, we begin to look at the different types of meditation in the Catholic Church.  Often, religious orders will have similar, yet distinct types of meditation based upon each one’s spirituality.  It is very benefici ...

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Meditation

Meditation

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
I had promised to write about Christian Meditation in lieu of the various confused meditative practices out there – I still haven’t written on yoga – Hindu devotional to Hindu gods which are nothing more than demons - and the various new age energy ...

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Purgatory

Purgatory

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
The month of November is dedicated to the ‘Poor Souls’.  Sometimes people see Purgatory as something negative, but it is far from it.  It is a place of God’s mercy and justice that is alluded to in the Scriptures.  November is the month when, in ...

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Mindfulness and Voting

Mindfulness and Voting

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Two weeks ago I wrote on ‘Mindfulness, Mindup, etc’ a Buddhist meditation practice/prayer method.  It is an essential part to Buddhist meditation.  We will have on Holy Trinity’s webpage more important info on this practice which is non-Christian ...

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New Saints

New Saints

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
In the midst of times in society and the Church when hope can seem a bit difficult, it is good to be reminded of the joyful and hopeful example of saints.  Seven new saints were canonized by Pope Francis last Sunday.  Here are a few pieces of informati ...

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
You may recall last week’s announcement re: ‘mindfulness’ that is being taught and practiced at some of our local elementary schools and one middle school.  ‘Mindfulness’ is taught as a method to relieve and deal with stress; a way of controll ...

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The Rosary

The Rosary

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Saint John Paul II said his favorite prayer was the Rosary.  St. (Padre) Pio said the Rosary is the weapon!  October is dedicated as the month of Our Lady of the Rosary.  It is so named for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th.  It takes ...

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