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Mid-Life: Cause for Crisis or Contentment?

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Finding God Through Meditation (Week 5 of 7) Consider…the continual motion of our life, never resting night nor day, but going forward without ceasing and every day more and more wastes itself; so that it may not unfitly be compared to a candle, which, by little and little, consumes itself, and when it gives the clearest light, the sooner it approaches unto its end; also a flower, which springs... Read More

Saints See Christ — Glory Truly Hidden


Saints See Christ – Glory Truly Hidden Someone once told me that the greatest tragedy in this life is not to become a saint.  But what does it mean to be holy?  The holy ones of God see his glory – not passively, but ardently and with initiative.  To this end, C.S. Lewis offers a beautiful reflection on the glory of the Lord which is a glory vere latitat, a glory truly hidden, accessible... Read More

Learn of the Strong Catholic Woman: St. Teresa of Avila [Avila Course]

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When the Catechism of the Catholic Church asks, “What is contemplation?”, it directs the question to St. Teresa of Avila. Why is that? You’ll find out, in the “Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila” course is being offered “live online” from the School of Spiritual Formation this spring from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. It’s because there are few other saints who have... Read More

The Penalty of Faith

September 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Faith, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It Inasmuch as my life is still consumed with projects related to C.S. Lewis, I’ve been thinking about a little-known aspect of his life: the penalty he paid for being an outspoken Christian. In the 1940’s, while Lewis became a best-selling author, lecturer and broadcaster, his co-workers at Oxford University were not pleased. For them, Lewis had broken an unwritten code by talking... 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... Read More

One Devil To Another

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker, Spiritual Warfare

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On a Friday evening in July, 1940, CS Lewis and a friend listened to Hitler on the radio. Lewis wondered if he was weaker than other people since he found that, while the speech lasted, it was hard not to believe what Hitler was saying. He marveled how statements which he knew to be lies sounded convincingly true as long as they were spoken “unflinchingly.” It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise,... Read More

I Had No Idea…

June 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

One of the things I didn’t expect when I became a Catholic was how my “conversion” would bring to light what people really thought of me. And, admittedly, I wasn’t happy with what I learned. On one occasion a close Protestant friend, whom I hadn’t seen in a long time, tossed out this anticipatory statement: “I’m looking forward to seeing you. I can’t wait to find out what you’ve decided... Read More

How can I learn to love God more fully? – Part II of II

February 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God

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Dear Father John, I feel confused. I want to keep growing in my love for God. I want to learn to love him “with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength,” just as he commands us to do. But I don’t know what that means. Can you help me? In our first post answering this question, we explored the general meaning of the Greatest Commandment. Now we are ready to look at its different parts. The first... Read More

Spiritual Warfare & Screwtape Letters: Devil Doesn’t Want You to Hear

September 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Warfare, Videos

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With Halloween just around the corner you might be turning your attention to thoughts of spiritual warfare and those dark realities of our fallen world and the spiritual realm. If you have never read the Screwtape Letters, there is no better time. I suspect you will be surprised at how relevant it is to your own spiritual life. Here’s a taste of what you will find… Before you push play,... Read More

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