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My First Easter

May 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It God can redeem our worst efforts, but we shouldn’t keep putting Him in a position where He has to. These are the words I often hear myself saying at writers’ conferences or in conversation about the arts. I determined, as an Evangelical Protestant and most certainly as a Catholic, that there’s no excuse for poor artistry or craftsmanship just because it’s Christian as if being children of the Creator... Read More

Why Did Jesus Die?

May 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. McCloskey, Redemption

We are taught to believe as Catholic Christians Jesus died for our sins,” yet that is not the reason he was killed. He was killed by the Jews because he was a threat and a heretic, and by the Romans who saw him as a threat to their own authority. Why are we taught as we are? Good question–which I will now try to answer to your satisfaction. But first, let me back up a bit and run through some of the (very) ancient history underlying... Read More

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 6 of 7 – Book Club

May 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 6 of 7 Ode to Motherhood Mary’s new motherhood is not some vague or abstract sort of thing. It’s concrete and personal. And even though it’s universal, it’s also intensely particular. Mary is your mother. She is my mother. In this light, John Paul thinks it’s significant that Mary’s new motherhood on Calvary is expressed in the singular, “Behold, your son” not “Behold, your billions... Read More

Graces Given by God

May 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Examen, Fr. Bartunek, Grace, Practicing Presence, Prayer

Dear Father John, I have started saying a daily Morning Offering Prayer in which I ask God with the help of His Grace that I remain all day in a spirit of praise and thanksgiving and that all of my actions be for the purpose of doing His will. However, I find I cannot remain in this spirit all day with the normal pressures of everyday life to deal with that can take my mind off of God. Does God withhold his Grace for whatever... Read More

Saint Hildegard of Bingen on Receiving Holy Communion

May 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Liturgy, Mass, Penance/Confession

At the center of the spiritual life is the real presence of Christ Jesus given to us in the Eucharistic worship He instituted for our sake.  Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, reminds us of the proper disposition we must maintain throughout our worship.  It is a disposition of quaerere Deum, a reverent and intense seeking of God in love that takes us beyond the limit of what we can grasp by ourselves.  It is not... Read More

Putting the “Big” in Bigotry

May 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Bigotry Life, As I Find It I shudder to think of it now. There I was at a CS Lewis conference and the esteemed teacher Peter Kreeft had been talking about ten things to learn from JRR Tolkien about evil. A brilliant talk. And, at the break, I had a chance to corner Kreeft to ask him a few questions. In the course of that short conversation, he mentioned to me how he had become a Catholic while attending Calvin College. Everyone... Read More

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 5 of 7 – Book Club

May 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 5 of 7 The Intimacy of Devotion [Let] us try in a special way to come as close as the human heart can come to the Heart of Jesus and try to understand as much as possible Jesus’ terrible pain caused him by our sins and His Thirst for our love…Thank God our Lady was there to understand fully the thirst of Jesus for love. She must have straight away said, “I satiate Your thirst with my love... Read More

Come Holy Spirit! — Solemnity of Pentecost

May 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Holy Spirit, Pentecost, Solemnity

Come Holy Spirit! Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen. + “On... Read More

Drive-By Advice

May 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Drive-By Advice Life, As I Find It I’ve been grateful to those who wrote with advice about handling my Evangelical Protestant friends and family. The only problem, I think, is that some of the advice assumes two things. First, that I’m talking to a willing or eager non-Catholic who really wants to know about it. Second, the other personal is rational. If the first case is true then, yes, it’s an entirely different type of... Read More

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 4 of 7 – Book Club

May 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 4 of 7 A Kiss from His Sacred Heart Do we yet realize the mysterious link between the darkness we sometimes experience in our own lives and that of the Lord’s suffering? Let us ponder Mother Teresa’s words on suffering that come from her own experience and so, like her, become better lovers of the Heart of Jesus: Suffering, pain, sorrow, humiliation, feelings of loneliness, are nothing but the... Read More

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