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The Imitation of Christ: Original Art by Donald Richmond

Donald Richmond: The Imitation of Christ, purportedly written and/or compiled by Thomas á Kempis, is one the most beloved and important books within the Christian corpus. It has been said that, until relatively recently, it outsold every other book except the Bible. Although this has now changed, the text is a treasure trove of Christian […]

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A Litany of Little

  Donald Richmond: My wife and I have just enjoyed another anniversary. Celebrating this event has also encouraged me to reflect upon the entire sweep of our meeting, dating, engagement, marriage and honeymoon. Our honeymoon was spent in Scotland. The preparative process was simple, direct, without any fuss or bother. We threw some clothes in […]

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The Broken Baroque

Donald Richmond: According to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI), in his masterful The Spirit of the Liturgy, the Baroque represents a crucial period in the history of the Church, liturgy, and the arts. It is, according to Benedict, one of the three acceptable artistic frameworks for effective catechesis and liturgical renewal. This said, […]

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In the Cross

Donald Richmond: In the cross is salvation, in the cross is life, in the cross is protection from our enemies, in the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the cross of strength of mind, in the cross is joy of spirit, in the cross is height of virtue, in the cross the perfection of […]

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Robes of Righteousness

Donald Richmond: He who wishes to put on the yellow dress without having cleansed himself from sin…is unworthy of the yellow dress.  –The Dhammapada: The Essential Teaching of the Buddha (Watkins Media, 2006). The habit and the tonsure contribute little; but a change of manners, and an entire mortification of the passions, make a truly […]

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Anonymonks

Donald Richmond: What is a monk? Although the answer to this question may seem apparent, in fact it is far more elusive. When we move away from etymological considerations, about which there may be a bit of ambiguity, the word “monk” may elicit different understandings and interpretations. As just one example we will recall that […]

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The Questions of Catholicity

Donald Richmond: The Roman Catholic Church is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. Through the efforts of Mother Angelica, Dr. Scott Hahn, Marcus Grodi, Joseph Pearce, Father Robert Barron, Pope Francis, and a host of others, becoming Roman Catholic is (for many) a trendy thing to do. The questions that must be asked regarding conversion, […]

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Christian Counseling and Spiritual Direction: Bridging the Invisible Divide

Donald Richmond: Fathers William Barry and William Connolly, in their highly respected The Practice of Spiritual Direction, have written one of the most widely accepted definitions of this discipline. “[Spiritual direction is] help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to […]

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Simply Jesus

Donald Richmond: “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip…saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.”                                                     –St. […]

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