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The Great Combat

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The Great Combat First Sunday of Lent Presence of God – O Jesus, I withdraw in spirit with You into the desert; teach me how to fight the triple concupiscence of the flesh, pride, and avarice. MEDITATION On this day, which is the real beginning of Lent, the Church invites us to the great combat, the struggle against sin which will bring us to the Easter resurrection. Our model is Jesus, who although... Read More

Homeless: I Could Be You

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry


I drove right through the changing light Horns blowing as I went. I had to make just one more store, Before the day was spent. . I swerved in time to miss a man Who held a cardboard sign. A homeless man, who’d work for food, Thank God, I’d braked in time. . I parked my ride and looked around, Then groaned at what I saw. A sea of cars parked everywhere. The world was at the mall! . Oh Lord,... Read More

Consolation & Desolation… What are “spiritualized capital sins”?


Dear Father John, you used the phrase “spiritualized capital sins” in your post on consolation and desolation. I have never heard this idea before. What are spiritualized capital sins and how do they “attempt” to re-conquer the soul as we mature? We have to remember that here on earth we are members of the Church militant. We are in the midst of a battle. As we grow spiritually,... Read More

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