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Joy in Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28, Part 1

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Joy in Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In the midst of her own suffering, St. Teresa “lifts the eyes” of Doña Maria de Mendoza who is experiencing trials. St. Teresa consoles her friend by helping her to understand God’s role in her suffering. Dan and Melissa discuss joy in suffering, suffering, emotions, and acts of the will... Read More

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen on Politics

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Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen on Politics Editor’s Note: Today, one day before the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Patti Maguire Armstrong reminds us of the words of wisdom Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen published in the 1940s and how they still ring true today. … Sheen: A Lesson on Politics Regarding religion and politics, I was…taken aback while... Read More

Does Evil Really Exist?

November 21, 2013 by  
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Father Fortea, does evil really exist? Yes, it does. The first thing we need to know is that evil – like good – is an objective reality. Though many in today’s culture insist that morality is merely one’s personal opinion and is subjective (“what’s right for you might be wrong for me” and vice versa), this is a very grave error. Who could successfully argue that such things as... Read More

Broken? Stanza IX – Part II

June 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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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... Read More

Broken? Stanza IX – Part I

June 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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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. This is the stanza that took the longest to write, and it is also my favorite from the first half of the poem because of the last line. I see very clearly that we are losing touch with God, who IS reality, and putting ourselves in first place. After much laboring over... Read More

Broken? – Stanza VIII – Part I

April 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken, Poetry

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Broken? Blinded by success and praises, of our fellow man trek we. Developing more innovations, from pain and death to be set free. In 1965, members of the AmericanCollege of Obstetrics and Gynecology decided in an unprecedented manner, that they knew what was best for women, and redefined the term “conception” as shown in the following excerpt from the book “The Contraception of Grief”, written... Read More

Broken? – Stanza VI – Part I

October 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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Broken, to the World means useless.  “We must be strong, and never weak!” But in contrast to this vision, brokenness is what You seek. Wow! I am having incredible difficulty with this stanza. Not for any lack of material, but just the opposite. What aspect of brokenness to focus on, and where to begin? Come Holy Spirit, this is your work. Enlighten and guide me please, as You will. I often find... Read More

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