Glory Be to God in small things

A few years ago, I began taking walks for my health. I walked slowly, because I wasn’t capable of any speed and, at any rate, I was in no hurry to get anywhere. These walks take me along the shore of the lake where I live, through meadows that form a greenbelt just above the retaining wall installed by the county to keep our suburban condos from falling into the reservoir. Fortune landed me in …

Anima Christi

The Anima Christi is the prayer I recite silently on my way back to my seat after receiving Holy Communion at Mass. Sometimes I pray it in Latin, sometimes in English, and sometimes, if time permits, both. But I also like to meditate on it at other times — when I’m walking, driving, or otherwise have a stretch of time to pray without distraction. Anima Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O …

Put on the Armor of Light, on St. Patrick’s Day and every day

As this article from Slate acknowledges, very few concrete facts about Ireland’s patron saint have survived. Much that we think we know is merely legend. Keeping that in mind, did you ever wonder why Saint Patrick is credited with expelling snakes (not wolves, not badgers, not even demons) from the Emerald Isle? I’m not going to dispute whether holy Padraic literally chased serpentine creatures from Ireland, but you have to admit that on a symbolic …