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Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – What is Prayer?

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WHAT IS PRAYER? How does one get started in mental prayer? What are the imporatant elements to having a good prayer life? Dan and Melissa take on complexities of answering the question “What is prayer?” as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Answers to the question “What is prayer?” How... Read More

Why We Need Lourdes

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Healing, Marriage, Mary, Pilgrimage

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Why do we need Lourdes? Of all of the Marian shrines in the world, Notre Dame de Lourdes in France is most associated with healing. Bernadette Soubirous and the Lady On February 11, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous went to Massabielle on the banks of the river and saw a lady dressed in white in a grotto. She saw her a few more times before the lady asked her to return every night for a fortnight,... Read More

The Marriage of Our Lady

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THE MARRIAGE OF OUR LADY “As the Church is subject to Christ, so also let wives be subject to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered Himself up for it; that He might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life; that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,... Read More

Lasting Effects on a Soul? Religious Life vs Priesthood or Marriage (II of II)

November 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Religious Life, Vocations

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Dear Father John, in The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision by the council of Major Superiors of Women Religious I came across something I was hoping someone could possibly shed a bit more light on. I’m aware that this is a conversation that may not have yet taken place in any official form. On pages 32-33 in speaking on the public vows of consecrated religious it is stated:... Read More

Lasting Effects on a Soul? Religious Life vs Priesthood or Marriage (I of II)

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Dear Father John, in The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision by the council of Major Superiors of Women Religious I came across something I was hoping someone could possibly shed a bit more light on. I’m aware that this is a conversation that may not have yet taken place in any official form. On pages 32-33 in speaking on the public vows of consecrated religious it is stated:... Read More

Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage

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Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage When we say I do we should also say, I won’t–I won’t use my words to hurt my spouse. Infidelity, addictions, and other major destructive behaviors can inflict mortal wounds on a marriage. But perhaps the greatest sources of damage on relationships are the seemingly less harmful ones, particularly the cuts to the heart made through unkind speech. Sharp words... Read More

Why I have the Best Wife and Marriage in the Known Universe

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Just this week I celebrated the seventh anniversary of my marriage to my incredible wife Stephanie. Not according to our plan, but God’s, we were married on 07/07 of 2007. So, with all these sevens I thought it appropriate to reflect back on a marriage that is as near to perfect as I think is possible. Here are seven reasons I propose my wife as the best wife in the known universe: She always says... Read More

How Do the Two Become One?

February 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Marriage Spirituality, The Alexanders

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Editor’s Note: Today, we are pleased to introduce Greg and Julie Alexander. Greg and Julie are co-founders and co-directors of The Alexander House Apostolate, a Catholic, lay apostolate – based in San Antonio – dedicated to proclaiming the beauty, goodness and truth of God’s plan for marriage. They’ve helped thousands of couples heal and restore their marriage relationships,... Read More

Must Catholics Marry in Catholic Ceremonies?

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Marriage

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Many of my friends’ children that insist they are Catholic got married in Episcopal, Lutheran (on a beach with uncle presiding) etc. type of ceremony. Are they still free to receive at Mass? Are they considered married in the Catholic Church? This is “no big deal” now a days? Would appreciate the Church’s view on this matter. The situations you allude to are more complicated... Read More

Three Hearts: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Marriage

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The newest Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org, “Three Hearts: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Marriage“, will be a great way to celebrate with your valentine and loved ones. Perfect for any Marriage Preparation Program, Renewal of Vows Retreat, rehearsal dinner, or date night for discovering and deepening in the vision God has for marriage. -In the first meditation, we use the liturgical... Read More

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