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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Faith Alone

Faith Alone

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to those who took time to come out to hear our two speakers last weekend: -- Peter Howard on parenting -- Darrell Miller on living the Faith in the world – he converted to Catholicism while playing professional baseball in the Califor ...

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Scripture Alone

Scripture Alone

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Many of you probably found a letter to Catholics on your windshield after Masses last weekend.  It was written by a person of the evangelical/fundamentalist persuasion.  I do not know if the author delivered them himself – it’s a good bit of legwor ...

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Patriotism

Patriotism

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Have you ever lived/traveled outside of the United States for a length of time?  When you returned what was one of the first things you noticed upon your return?  Wasn’t it the United States Flag?  Didn’t the flag mean you were home? Have you e ...

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