All posts by Andrew Garofalo

Sharing the stories of the Saints and the beauty of the Catholic Church.

Jesus Christ walking on the Sea of Galilee

Praying like Jesus

Today's Gospel reading is the well-known story of Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee. The story occurs in the Gospel of Matthew immediately after the feeding of the five thousand. While many homilists and writers have undoubtedly reflected on Jesus and Peter walking on the Sea of Galilee today, I found myself focusing on something ...

Dark hero

The hero’s path of paradox

What if I told you that your life is a story? And that you are not just any character in the story, but that you are the hero of the story? Maybe you're rolling your eyes as you read this. You could be thinking "Why me? What makes me a hero?" Or maybe, "Am I ...

Street dancing man urban fashion with beard. Wearing black woolen hat. Concrete environment.

Being authentic

One of the readings from my daily prayers today was about David, King of Israel. In the reading, David was in front of the Ark and dancing before it. He was dancing vigorously. Very vigorously. With all his might. In his underwear. His dancing was so intense that at least one of his onlookers actually ...

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Today, listen to the voice of the Lord

The Liturgy of the Hours starts every day with the Invitatory, Psalm 95. Part of the Psalm reads: "Today, listen to the voice of the Lord: Do not grow stubborn as your fathers did in the wilderness, when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me, Although they had seen all of my ...

Reflection of old and new tree.

From a sermon by Saint Ephrem, deacon: The cross of Christ gives life to the human race

The cross of Christ gives life to the human race Death trampled our Lord underfoot, but he in his turn treated death as a highroad for his own feet. He submitted to it, enduring it willingly, because by this means he would be able to destroy death in spite of itself. Death had its own ...

Planet with numerous prominent ring system

Hymn of the Universe by Teilhard de Chardin

Hymn of the Universe I live at the heart of a single, unique Element, the Center of the universe, and present in each part of it: personal Love and cosmic Power. To attain to him and become merged into his life I have before me the entire universe with its noble struggles, its impassioned quests, ...

Jesus Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene

A Meditation on John 20:11-18: Mary Magdalene Meets the Resurrected Christ

A meditation on Mary Magdalene meeting the resurrected Christ.

the desert

“Is it possible for God to prepare a table in the desert?”

In Scripture, the desert is a place of temptation, testing, solitude, prayer, and discipline. Jesus and John the Baptist both prepared for their ministries in the desert. Both Jesus and the Israelites were lead into the desert by God early in their histories and Jesus often went into the wilderness to be alone with the Father.

Lightsaber in space

The Force is strong in my family: Our Hero’s Journey

"Who's your favorite Star Wars character?" "Darth Vader!" "Is Darth Vader a good guy or a bad guy?" "Bad guy!" "What color is Luke's lightsaber in Episode VI?" "Green!" That was some of the Q&A between my son and I while walking up and down a frozen gravel mountain road on an overcast day in December 2006. ...

mountains clouds and forest

Pray and Grow Rich

Last week I finished reading Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. In case you were not aware, Hill is also the author of the famous book Think and Grow Rich which was published in 1937 and is said to have sold over 100 million copies as of 2015. Hill wrote Outwitting in 1938, but his ...