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The Three Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, & Mercy

There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others you open God’s ear to yourself. When you fast, see the fasting

Buddha Made Me a Better Christian

Today many of us find ourselves hyphenated. We are feminist catholics, gay catholics, ethnic catholics, social justice catholics, and of course Roman or Episcopal or Lutheran catholics,you name it. I invite you hyphenated people to share your experiences. Fallible leads off with his reflections on being a catholic buddhist. Buddhism today is a way many Christians have discovered a spirituality that enables us to move along the path from ignorance to enlightenment or in our words from sin to grace. I hope my own adventures will be helpful as you grow your own spiritual path. Fallible’s Adventures in the Buddha Lands - Part One - yoga Thomas Merton said that the greatest spiritual event of the

Welcome to Musings...

Welcome to Musings, the newest part of our web ministry here at Old Saint Mary’s, San Francisco. On this page we will feature the thought of some of our Paulist brothers. There will be quotes from Servant of God Isaac Thomas Hecker, the founder of the Paulist Fathers. Although he lived more than 150 years ago, many of his insights are very fitting in our day. We will also feature modern day musings, excerpts from the blogs of some of our current Paulist thinkers. From here in The City by the Bay, we will read the thoughts of Terry Ryan, CSP, who travels the country as a missionary and comments on his blog about contemporary matters in the spiritual life. Also Richard Chilson, CSP, a