The Burning Ember of the Spiritual Life
 

Are You Too Busy for Christ? We are busy. This is the usual and obvious reason for putting the spiritual life in the pitiful last spot (or somewhere at the tail-end) of our list of priorities. How can we in a busy world that gets busier everyday, worrying about the job, the children, school fees, taxes and the seemingly infinite issues in our life, maintain an active spirituality? How do we satisfy our hunger for the infinite? Perhaps, this article can be the start of a little bit of soul-searching....

Pope Appeals to the Youth to be Daring Christians.Excerpts of his homily are found in opusdei.org. The Pope met and spoke with 500,000 youth in Loretto early September. "Do not be afraid, dear friends, to prefer the 'alternative' routes pointed out by true love: a modest and sound lifestyle; sincere and pure emotional relationships; honest commitment in studies and work; deep concern for the common good." He also said that he was looking forward to next year's World Youth Day in Sydney.

The Dark Night of Mother Teresaby Carol Zaleski in First Things (May 2003) . Here is a more accurate account about the spiritual struggle Blessed Mother Teresa endured, in the light of recent reports.

November is the height of the autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere. Leaves fall from tree branches. Colder winds blow away the leaves strewn all over the ground. Many trees are left bare. Such a sight has always reminded man since ancient times of the fleetingness of this life. It is no wonder that November, for a Christian, is a good moment to reflect more deeply on the so-called last things (death, judgment, heaven and hell). As St. Thomas More would advise:

The active study of the four last things
and the deep consideration of them,
is the thing that will keep you from sin.

Below are articles that could help us love God and neighbor better, and to live Godly lives up to the very end.

What the Saints Say About Purgatory. The Dogma of Purgatory is very much forgotten by many Catholic faithful. This forgetfulness caused great sorrow to St. Francis de Sales who said, "We do not sufficiently remember our dearly departed; their memory seems to perish with the sound of funeral bells."

St Faustina's Vision of Hell. "I, Sister Faustina Kowalska, by the order of God, have visited the Abysses of Hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence...the devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God. What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things saw. But I noticed one thing: That most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell."