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How can I Avoid False Teachings on Prayer? (Part II of III)

July 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer

…A faithful follower of the Lord asks: Dear Dan, I enjoy reading more modern writers about prayer and the spiritual life but I am always worried about false teachings that could lead me away from the heart of the Church. How can I know when an author is not orthodox or teaches something that could lead me to deception instead of to God? In our first post we briefly reviewed the challenges that surface when we ignore the wisdom... Read More

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 1 of 12 – Book Club

July 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 1 of 12 The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur is one of my all-time favorite books. Elisabeth was an amazing role model for both husbands and wives alike – a beautiful example of one who leads with grace, humility and love, speaking volumes through her silence rather than through lectures and admonitions.  With great passion, she placed God and her devotion to her husband before... Read More

Prayer to Saint Michael

July 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, PRAYER   Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. This prayer was composed in the late 1880's by Pope Leo XIII after... Read More

Catholic Focus: Guilt, Suffering & Living Only for Heaven? I of II

July 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Catholic Spirituality, Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

Dear Father John: I admit I am fairly new to the spiritual life. But God has been doing amazing things, and I really want to keep growing. But I keep getting stuck on one thing. I just don't get that, as Catholics, we are meant to spend SO much time focused on suffering! Suffering and guilt…Didn't Jesus bear the cross so we wouldn't have to? When I am suffering, of course, I seek God, but in my heart, I still believe that earth... Read More

How can I Avoid False Teachings on Prayer? (I of III)

How can I Avoid False Teachings on Prayer? (Part I of III) …A faithful follower of the Lord asks: Dear Dan, I enjoy reading more modern writers about prayer and the spiritual life but I am always worried about false teachings that could lead me away from the heart of the Church. How can I know when an author is not orthodox or teaches something that could lead me to deception instead of to God? You are wise to be concerned... Read More

Can Demons Cause Mental Illness?

July 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

Dear Fr. Fortea, can a demon cause a mental illness in a person? Demons can tempt us, and they sometimes do so in a continuous way with great intensity. As such, a demon could provoke an obsession, phobia, depression, or another type of mental illness in a person. This can seriously disturb a person’s ordinary life to the point of making him unbalanced. So, yes, a demon can cause mental illness – but only if God permits... Read More

Book Club Information

July 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

 Book Club Information Dearest Book Club Friends, I'm writing this post to share a few important pieces of information. First, hopefully, you've noticed the new book club graphic.  A wonderful artist, Suzanne Hurtig, created this for us, so that book club posts would be easily identifiable.  From now on, this is the graphic you will see atop all book club posts. Second, but not least important, I wanted to address an issue... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 7 of 7 – Book Club

July 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Screwtape Letters Week 7 of 7 Men at Work For ‘democracy’ or the ‘democratic spirit’ (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, morally flaccid from lack of discipline in youth, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and soft from lifelong pampering. And that is what Hell wishes every democratic people to be. For when such a nation meets in conflict a... Read More

The Authority of CS Lewis

July 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It Anglican minister J.B. Phillips decided in the late 1940s to create a translation of the New Testament that was readable and comprehensible to the people of Britain. Over several years, and with an endorsement from C.S. Lewis, he succeeded. Many would agree even now that the Phillips translation is a remarkable work. In particular I found his translations of St. Paul’s letters to be exceptionally helpful, readable... Read More

What does it Mean to Exchange the Peace of Christ at Mass?

July 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

Dear Father John: after the Our Father, we pass the peace of Christ, and I ponder that moment and its purpose in worship. Is it not for greeting one another in Christ–‘May the peace of Christ be with you?' And that is how I pass the peace of Christ. Unfortunately, I too often come to Mass with the worries of the day swirling about me, and that little dust storm takes a while to settle down. It may not have settled completely... Read More

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