Dark Devotional: When the Saints Go Marching Out

by Michelle Arnold Gospel Reading for November 13, 2022Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here—the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not beContinue reading “Dark Devotional: When the Saints Go Marching Out”

Dark Devotional: Chasing the Lost Sheep

by Michelle Arnold Gospel for September 11, 2022Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? (Luke 15:4). Converts have been on my mind in recent weeks. WhenContinue reading Dark Devotional: Chasing the Lost Sheep

Dark Devotional: Kindness Is Next to Godliness

by Michelle Arnold May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us who have put our hope in you (Ps. 33:22). During the years I worked as a professional apologist, I occasionally ran across mention of David Bawden, who died this past Tuesday—usually as a punchline in jokes about the papacy. After John Paul II died,Continue reading Dark Devotional: Kindness Is Next to Godliness

Dark Devotional: Except By the Holy Spirit

by Michelle Arnold No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3). “Grandma, have you ever been baptized?” My grandmother looked up from her magazine, and gave me a puzzled look. “I don’t know. Why?” I persisted. “You mentioned once that you were raised Methodist but sent your kidsContinue reading “Dark Devotional: Except By the Holy Spirit”

Dark Devotional: The Sky Has Fallen

by Michelle Arnold First New Testament Reading for May 29, 2022The Ascension of the Lord Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? (Acts 1:11) After what seemed, to me anyway, to be a respite from news of gun violence in America (if I’m wrong about this, don’t correct me), we’veContinue reading “Dark Devotional: The Sky Has Fallen”

Dark Devotional: Blinded by the Blood of the Lamb

By Michelle Arnold One of the elders said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). A religious lay brother once told me something I’ve never forgotten. He had worked for manyContinue reading “Dark Devotional: Blinded by the Blood of the Lamb”

Dark Devotional: When You Grow Old

by Michelle Arnold When you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted (John 21:18). I turned fifty years old in January, but hadn’t started feeling my age until I started a new job. It took eighteen months to find a new job. There were a number of factors at playContinue reading “Dark Devotional: When You Grow Old”

Dark Devotional: The Relics Hunters

by Michelle Arnold He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground (Luke 22:44). In May 2000, I was invited along on one of Catholic Answers’ pilgrimages to the Holy Land. For someone who had only been out of the country once,Continue reading “Dark Devotional: The Relics Hunters”

Dark Devotional: For the Place Whereon Thou Standest Is Holy Ground

By Irim Sarwar I am writing this on Purim, the Jewish festival celebrating Queen Esther saving the Jewish people from Haman’s attempt to annihilate them. This is a day of great celebration, a day in which things are turned upside down —Haman, who had tried to destroy the Jews, unwittingly became the cause of theirContinue reading “Dark Devotional: For the Place Whereon Thou Standest Is Holy Ground”

Dark Devotional: Suffering, Happy Cats, and Packing Peanuts

by Michelle Arnold While [Jesus] was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem (Luke 9:29–31). A friend of mine likes to tellContinue reading “Dark Devotional: Suffering, Happy Cats, and Packing Peanuts”