MarkForBlogOn Feb. 8th, the Marquette Knights of Columbus hosted its annual Ciszek Lecture.  I, unfortunately, did not find out about it until that Monday, so I was not able to mention the lecture beforehand on this blog, but it was an excellent presentation by Fr. Cliff Ermatinger. The title of the lecture was “Who is Speaking – the Discernment of Spirits.”

Fr. Cliff did an excellent job with this lecture. One thing that he said that really struck me was his explaining that patience was such a key to discerning God’s will. An impulse to go out and immediately do something is usually not the correct way; continual prayer and asking God for guidance is the way to figure out what God is trying to say. In this hectic world, patience is not always the easiest virtue to possess, I know.

The Catholic Herald recently had an article about Fr. Cliff, who serves St. Anthony Parish and School in Milwaukee. If you want to read more about Fr. Cliff, and he definitely has had an interesting life, you can find the article here.

Also, Fr. Cliff has written five books, four of which we have here at the library with the fifth book on order and arriving soon. These books include “St. Therese of Lisieux: Spouse & Victim,” “Letters from the Desert,” and “St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer.” These are not really thick books, but very powerful.

As always, if you have any ideas and comments for things I could change, let me know. If you have any books that you have read or have read the books I mention, please leave a comment. Comments are always appreciated. We here at Salzmann also want to know what people are reading. Anything I can do to make this better I will strive my best to accomplish.

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