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The Screwtape Letters Week 3 of 7 – Book Club

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Screwtape Letters Week 3 of 7 As long as he retains externally the habits of a Christian he can still be made to think of himself as one who has adopted a few new friends and amusements but whose spiritual state is much the same as it was six weeks ago. And while he thinks that we do not have to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully recognized, sin, but only with his vague, though uneasy, feeling that he... Read More

One Devil To Another

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker, Spiritual Warfare

On a Friday evening in July, 1940, CS Lewis and a friend listened to Hitler on the radio. Lewis wondered if he was weaker than other people since he found that, while the speech lasted, it was hard not to believe what Hitler was saying. He marveled how statements which he knew to be lies sounded convincingly true as long as they were spoken “unflinchingly.” It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, considering this experience... Read More

Is my Reversion Real or am I just Rebelling Against Feminism?

June 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Conversion, Feminism, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I am a recent “revert” to Catholicism – and I am so glad to be so! Recently, a friend of mine published a book about finding female power through sacred global feminine symbols. This involves, from her perspective, abandoning all patriarchal religious traditions. I never bought into radical feminism – in fact, in college I rebelled against what I saw as the genderless feminist movement. But... Read More

Broken? Stanza IX – Part II

June 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

Broken? But peace cannot be found this way, nor will lasting joy be had. Only temporary pleasures, self put first in a world gone mad. A sad irony in the debate about abortion is the fact that women are asking, no,  demanding, to be abused. Abortion is abuse, plain and simple. It is a violation of the dignity of a woman’s body, which was created to participate in the mystery of creation. God made us His special helpers. He made... Read More

Hornets & Lions

June 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Magisterium, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

One thing I was certain about when I became Catholic: I knew I would not be a Cafeteria Catholic – picking and choosing what suited me. If I thought I’d have that attitude, then I could’ve saved myself a lot of trouble and remained Protestant. (For what else is Sola Scriptura but the ultimate all-you-can-eat Spiritual Smorgasbord? A huge Bible buffet with no one to tell me that I have to eat that bit of spinach or can’t... Read More

Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH) for the Rest of Us

June 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer

If you're like any number of Catholics, you've heard of the breviary, the Divine Office, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Maybe you've tried your hand at an Hour or two. Maybe you've even succeeded. But maybe, like many of our fellow Catholics, you've failed and given up, coming to the conclusion that those who devote themselves to the Liturgy of the Hours are either insane or much less busy than you are. If this is where you are,... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 2 of 7 – Book Club

June 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Screwtape Letters Week 2 of 7 Work hard, then, on the disappointment or anticlimax which is certainly coming to the patient during his first few weeks as a churchman.  The Enemy allows this disappointment to occur on the threshold of every human endeavor.  It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories of the Odyssey buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when lovers have got married and... Read More

Pilgrimage of Faith & Christianity’s Unvanquished Hope

June 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, God's Love, Grace, Pilgrimage

I recently accompanied a group of pilgrims from the Tatra Mountains of Poland to Warsaw for the Year of Faith. Twenty years ago, the Pilgrim Pope came to celebrate World Youth Day in Denver and spent time in prayer in a retreat center, high up in the Rocky Mountains.  We decided that we would go to the mountains of [Saint] John Paul II to pray and to thank God for the graces of those days and for his witness to the faith, a witness... Read More

The Solidarity of Christian Prayer

June 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, God's Love, Love, Loving God, Prayer

Faith in Christ opens us to unconquerable ecclesial horizons even when love seems impossible and the world is falling apart around us. It is about the solidarity we have in Christ. The solidarity that compels us to pray in terms of “we” and “our” instead of remaining on the level of “I” and “mine.” The faith we have in Christ opens to a new solidarity, a new peace that the tired out... Read More

Does God have favorites?

June 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love

Dear Father John, this is a question that has been bothering me for quite a while. I heard that God has favorites. Admittedly that seems obvious enough in the Bible. But I can't imagine God loving some people more than others. At the same time, I can't help but have a twinge of jealousy when I hear how close other people are to Him. I wish my relationship with Him was just as close. What does it mean for God to have favorites?... Read More

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