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How to Respond to Betrayal – Lessons from a Pro

August 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Life of Christ (Week 18 of 27) Only one who has suffered such betrayal from within the household can even faintly grasp the sadness of the Savior’s soul that night. All the good example, counsel, companionship, and inspiration are fruitless with those who will do evil or “sell out” to those who are bent on destruction. – Life of Christ, Chapter 38, Paragraph 11 Christ understands the... Read More

The Beatitudes Explained and More

May 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Life of Christ (Week 7 of 27)   The Beatitudes Explained and More Though I’m enjoying this book immensely, I have to be honest with you: I’m not in a season of my life when reading is easy. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I love reading. I self-identify as a reading hobbyist. Asked what my ideal day consists of, I can’t help but include coffee and reading. But it’s May... Read More

Blessed Are the Clean of Heart

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Blessed Are the Clean of Heart   Presence of God – O Lord, purify my heart and my mind, that I may learn to know You better. MEDITATION The beatitude: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8), corresponds to the gift of understanding. There is a purity of heart which is the indispensable condition for receiving an abundant inflowing of the gift of understanding;... Read More

Reincarnation and Human Dignity (Part II of III)

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, New Age, Reincarnation

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…a reader asks: Dear Father John, I know that the Church rejects the doctrine of reincarnation, but sometimes I think that reincarnation seems to be a much more merciful approach than just having one chance to live well and go to heaven or to live badly and go to hell. I mean, so many human beings have had to live in such miserable conditions throughout the thousands and thousands of years of... Read More

Reincarnation and Human Dignity (Part I of III)

December 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, New Age, Reincarnation

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Dear Father John, I know that the Church rejects the doctrine of reincarnation, but sometimes I think that reincarnation seems to be a much more merciful approach than just having one chance to live well and go to heaven or to live badly and go to hell. I mean, so many human beings have had to live in such miserable conditions throughout the thousands and thousands of years of human existence. Wouldn’t... Read More

Grouchy Treasures (Part II of II)

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In our previous post, we examined what the Golden Rule, the Our Father and other Scriptural references teach us about love and mercy, and how we need to develop a new attitude in treating difficult people. Today, we will look at the Scriptural justification for this new outlook, why God might allow difficult people to cross our paths, and how the saints approached even troublesome and problematic people. A... Read More

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