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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part IV of IV)

September 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

André-Henri Dargelas (French, 1828-1906). 'Children Going to Church,' 1828-1906. graphite with watercolor details and gouache on moderately textured, moderately thick, cream laid paper. Walters Art Museum (37.1407): Acquired by William T. Walters, 1870 (?).

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part IV of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Part III looked at what it means to be prophet... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part II of IV)

September 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part II of IV) Editor’s Note: In part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Today, we begin to consider what being priest, prophet and king means by delving into what it means to be priest in the world and how parents carry that out within the family. What it Means to be Priest, Prophet and King in the... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part I of IV)

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part I of IV) Editor’s Note:  As a nod to the World Meeting of Families, in this post we will look at how the family, as domestic Church, hands on the faith by living out her share of Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king, and by responding to the universal call to holiness.  Today we will introduce our topic and examine... Read More

In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph

May 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary

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“In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph” “Hail, Holy Queen! Hail, our life our sweetness and our hope!” Mary is our hope. And the Church proclaims it every day at the end of every rosary and often at the end of the Church’s Night Prayer (or Compline). In our modern times, no other words draw our attention to this reality than the promise Our Immaculate Mother made to the world... Read More

Pt 2 Can I Trust Fr Richard Rohr- Bk Review: Everything Belongs

November 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke

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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer By Fr. Richard Rohr Some time ago I received an email asking if writings and teachings of Fr. Richard Rohr were trustworthy (e.g. faithful to the teachings of the Church). Because I didn’t have the time to respond myself, I posted an article from a trusted writer that reasonably addressed key issues. The article was written in a journalistic style... Read More

Our Destiny is Love

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Our Destiny is Love Why did God make you? Some of us memorized the answer to that question as children. The Baltimore Catechism says, “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next” (No. 6). More specifically, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: The vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of God and to be... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 2 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part II of III) Editor’s note: In part I, we talked about the goal of every pilgrimage, our Carmelite Doctors of the Church, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, specifically. Today we will look at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way these Daughters of the Church differ from each other. Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) St.... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 1 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part I of III) Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 1st Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high... Read More

A Constellation of Saints

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There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky… The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up at the stars. I learned to recognize one constellation from another and once in a while view an eclipse... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

February 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle “I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.”[1] The Church has celebrated this Feast of the Chair of Peter, in Rome, since the 4th century, as a sign of the unity of the Church founded upon Saint Peter, the Apostle, when Jesus said, “And so I say to you, you are Peter,... Read More

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