Expanding My Faith

Here, we offer words of encouragement, of inspiration, and of faith, hoping that you can find a few minutes of quiet time every day to calm your spirit and be open to God’s words. Click below to access each site. If you have an idea for an addition to this page, send a note to Monsignor Lawrence.

Prayer of St. Columba

Be a bright flame before me, O God
a guiding star above me.
Be a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
today, tonight, and forever.
Alone with none but you, my God
I journey on my way;
what need I fear when you are near,
O Lord of night and day?
More secure am I within your hand
than if a multitude did round me stand.
Amen.

St. Columba

Who is St. Columba?


Perhaps you are wondering who St. Columba was!  St. Columba, also called Columcille, or Colum, (born c. 521, Tyrconnell [now County Donegal, Ireland]—died 597, Iona [Inner Hebrides, Scotland]; feast day June 9), was an abbot and missionary traditionally credited with the main role in the conversion of Scotland to Christianity.

Columba was ordained a priest about 551. He founded churches and the famous monasteries Daire Calgaich, in Derry, and Dair-magh, in Durrow. Columba and his 12 disciples erected a church and a monastery on the island of Iona (c. 563) as their springboard for the conversion of Scotland. It was regarded as the mother house and its abbots as the chief ecclesiastical rulers even of the bishops.

Columba gave formal benediction and inauguration to Aidan MacGabrain of Dunadd as king of Dalriada. Columba accompanied Aidan to Ireland (575) and took a leading part in a council held at Druim Cetta, which determined the position of the ruler of Dalriada in relation to the king of Ireland.

The last years of Columba’s life appear to have been spent mainly in Iona, where he was already revered as a saint. He and his associates and successors spread the gospel more than any other contemporary group of religious pioneers in Britain.

The Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow, great medieval masterpieces of Celtic art, are associated with Columba. Three Latin hymns may be attributed to Columba with some degree of certainty. Excavations in 1958 and 1959 revealed Columba’s living cell and the outline of the original monastery.

It’s always a good time to expand our horizons in a way that shakes things up and strengthens out Christian faith.

Saint of the Day


The lives of the Saints are both inspirational and reflective. Take a moment and learn about today’s Saint and other Saints from throughout the year.

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/sod-calendar/

Pope’s Twitter Page & Website


If you have a Twitter account, you can follow Pope Francis.
https://twitter.com/pontifex

If you are not on Twitter, you can still read the Pope’s messages to the world by visiting the Pope’s website.
http://www.vaticannews.av/

Catechism of the Catholic Church


A “universal catechism” is a major catechism which is intended to be a resource or point of reference for the development of national or local catechisms throughout the world. Such a catechism can be termed “universal” in that its primary audience is the universal Church.
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

YOUCAT/ Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church


The Youth Catechism, which is written in language suitable for young people, deals with the entire Catholic faith as it was presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC of 1997).
https://www.youcat.org/

For more information about the Catechism of the Catholic Church

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


The Youth Catechism, which is written in language suitable for young people, deals with the entire Catholic faith as it was presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC of 1997)

For more information about the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Word on Fire Homilies


Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Bishop Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith.

Word on Fire is evangelical; it proclaims Jesus Christ as the source of conversion and new life. Word on Fire is Catholic; it utilizes the tremendous resources of the Roman Catholic tradition—art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology, and the lives of the saints— in order to explain and interpret the event of Jesus Christ.

https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/