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The Mystery of the Priesthood: A Post Revisited

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer, Vocations

My original post on this topic was written when Catholic priests were especially singled out for severe and sometime even unjust criticism.  The zeal and relish with which some impugned the priesthood in general went largely unanswered. There is also the broad supposition on the part of many that the priesthood is only about social and political power in the Church, another front in the battle of the sexes. Whenever anyone attempts... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 23 – St John of the Cross

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 23 Sayings of Light and Love 23 Those who do not allow their appetites to carry them away will soar in their spirit as swiftly as the bird that lacks no feathers. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with... Read More

Will Evil Exist Forever? – An Exorcist Responds

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Will Evil Exist Forever? An Exorcist Responds Will Evil Exist Forever? Will Evil Exist Forever? Father Fortea, will evil exist forever? Yes, in a certain sense. The clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and the Church affirm that both demons and condemned human beings will exist for all eternity in hell. In this sense evil will exist indefinitely. Evil will exist forever within these fallen angels and humans. At the end of time,... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 22 – St John of the Cross

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

  Sayings of Light and Love 22 Sayings of Light and Love 22 A bird caught in birdlime has a twofold task: It must free itself and cleanse itself. And by satisfying their appetites, people suffer in a twofold way: They must detach themselves and, after being detached, clean themselves of what has clung to them. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), a... Read More

How Do the Two Become One?

February 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Marriage Spirituality, The Alexanders

Editor's Note: Today, we are pleased to introduce Greg and Julie Alexander. Greg and Julie are co-founders and co-directors of The Alexander House Apostolate, a Catholic, lay apostolate – based in San Antonio – dedicated to proclaiming the beauty, goodness and truth of God’s plan for marriage. They've helped thousands of couples heal and restore their marriage relationships, and have presented numerous workshops,... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 21 – St John of the Cross

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 21 Sayings of Light and Love 21 The pure and whole work done for God in a pure heart merits a whole kingdom for its owner. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), a priest and Doctor of the Church, is considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, and was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint... Read More

Interior Freedom Week 1 of 5 by Fr Jacques Philippe

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Interior Freedom Week 1 of 5 From the back of the book: Despite the most difficult situations that can restrain our physical movement, each person has deep inside a place of freedom that no external power can take away, because God himself is its source. A person wins inner freedom to the extent that he connects to its source–God himself–by practicing the virtues of faith, hope, and charity. These theological virtues are the... Read More

Journey with Jesus Through “Meditations for Lent”

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Lent, Patti Armstrong

I do not want to meet Jesus on my deathbed. I want him to already be close so that death is something we do together, just as in life. Jesus told us to strive to enter eternity by the narrow door (cf Luke 13:24). That directive can leave us fearful. Is our life leading us to the narrow door? How do we get there? “But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”... Read More

How can I better prepare for prayer and meditation?

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Dear Father John, in the first part of your book, The Better Part, you mention something about preparing for tomorrow’s meditation the night before. I also heard that mentioned by a priest giving us a talk during a retreat. Can you explain this a little bit more? What do you mean, exactly, and is that something just for religious and priests, or should I be doing it too? It seems to me that your question is being asked in direct... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle “I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.”[1] The Church has celebrated this Feast of the Chair of Peter, in Rome, since the 4th century, as a sign of the unity of the Church founded upon Saint Peter, the Apostle, when Jesus said, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will... Read More

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