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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

Be the Tortoise of Devotion – Pace Yourself

May 16, 2017 by  
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Be the Tortoise of Devotion – Pace Yourself   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 8 of 8) According to the Voz de Fatima, published at the shrine, the Blessed Mother said to her in her cell, on December 10, 1925: “Look, my daughter, at my Heart surrounded with the thorns with which ungrateful men wound it by their blasphemies and iniquities. You, at least try to console me, and announce that... Read More

Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ

May 2, 2017 by  
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Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ Our Lady of Fatima (Week 6 of 8) “Did she tell you to pray for the conversion of sinners?” “No. She told me to pray to the Lady of the Rosary so that the war would end.” Lucia explained later that the Lady had asked for sacrifices rather than prayers for the conversion of sinners.” — Our Lady of Fatima ( Words between an investigator and Lucia);... Read More

Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver

April 11, 2017 by  
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Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver Our Lady of Fatima (Week 4 of 8) And Francisco! What a comfort he was! He seemed not only to accept suffering, but to love it, as the saints do who follow in the footsteps of the Crucified. “Our Lady told us we would have much to suffer,” he would say. “That doesn’t matter to me, I will suffer everything as much as she wants!”... Read More

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?

March 28, 2017 by  
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Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 2 of 8) What interested Jacinta most was the story of the Passion of Christ, which Lucia, with the native talent that shows sporadically in her four memoirs, must have made graphic enough. Jesus praying alone in the Garden while His friends slept and His enemies plotted; Jesus being... Read More

Our Lady of Fatima Book Club

March 22, 2017 by  
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Announcing Our Lady of Fatima (Week 1 of 8)   In honor of the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to the children of Fatima (May 13, 2017), we are excited to embark with you on a journey through time and space to a small village in Portugal where the magnificent events took place. If you’ve ever asked yourself, What was so special about Fatima? Or, What were the mysteries surrounding... Read More

How to Confront “The New Morality” with Truth and Beauty

March 14, 2017 by  
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How to Confront “The New Morality” with Truth and Beauty Seeds of the Word (Week 11 of 11) How well do Christians know the theories of their intellectual enemies? Can we identify their blind spots and the flaws in their logic? Have we read the great Christian apologists — G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Ronald Knox, Fulton Sheen — and can we wield their arguments against... Read More

Do Americans Believe Christianity is as Violent as Islam?

February 21, 2017 by  
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Do Americans believe that Christianity is as Violent as Islam? Seeds of the Word (Week 8 of 11) Take out of consideration the Creator, who made every person in love and destined each for eternal life, and properly inalienable rights promptly disappear.  And individuals become, in very short order, the objects of political manipulation and domination. To see the truth of this, all we have to do is... Read More

The Light of Faith: How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew

February 14, 2017 by  
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The Light of Faith – How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew   Seeds of the Word (Week 7 of 11) In “New” atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as a pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc. Time and time again, the late Christopher Hitchens,... Read More

Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform

January 31, 2017 by  
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Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform Seeds of the Word (Week 5 of 11) The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own, through our political, economic, military, or cultural efforts. When we try to eliminate conflict and sin through social reform, we inevitably make matters worse. As Pascal said long ago,... Read More

What Do You Want with all Your Heart?

January 17, 2017 by  
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What Do Your Want with all Your Heart? Seeds of the Word (Week 3 of 11) In the Gospel of John, Jesus turns on two young men who are following him and asks, “What do you want?” It’s an indispensably important question. Many people go through life not really knowing what they most fundamentally want, and accordingly, they drift. The correct answer to Jesus’ question is “eternal life” or... Read More

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