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Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ

May 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ Our Lady of Fatima (Week 6 of 8) “Did she tell you to pray for the conversion of sinners?” “No. She told me to pray to the Lady of the Rosary so that the war would end.” Lucia explained later that the Lady had asked for sacrifices rather than prayers for the conversion of sinners.” — Our Lady of Fatima ( Words between an investigator and Lucia);... Read More

Apostolic Action

Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II The Passive Action of Communion Editor’s Note:  In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the topic of the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue. Today, in Part II of the series, he offers three considerations for receiving the Holy Eucharist in this way. Part II: The Passive Action of Communion An ancient maxim of the Church teaches that “the... Read More

Obstacles or Opportunities? When Life Throws Curves, Drink from the “Cup”

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate and Annas, the Romans and the Jews, Our Lord saw not enemies to be defeated by a sword, but a cup offered by His Father. Love was the motive and spring of His Sacrifice… — Life of Christ, Chapter 42, Paragraph 5 The above quote perfectly encapsulates everything I have felt when reading the diary of Elisabeth Leseur.... Read More

The Interior Apostolate

The Interior Apostolate   Presence of God – I place myself before Jesus, my sweet Savior and Redeemer, asking Him to teach me how to collaborate with Him in the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The apostolate, considered in its totality, consists in everything we can do in collaboration with Christ to diffuse the supernatural life in souls. The apostolate is always a collaboration with Jesus... Read More

When the Spirit can Soar: Assisted Suicide and the Cross

June 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 10 of 27) If the physical, natural, and biological life was saved for pleasure, then the higher life of the spirit would be lost, but if the higher life of the spirit was chosen for salvation, then the lower or physical life of the spirit was chosen for salvation, then the lower or physical life had to be submitted to the Cross and self-discipline. – Life of Christ, Chapter... Read More

What We Can Learn from Average Americans Who Were Great

Life of Christ (Week 5 of 27) There is a law written across the universe, that no one shall be crowned unless he has first struggled. No halo of merit rests suspended over those who do not fight. Icebergs that float in the cold streams of the north do not command our respectful attention, just for being icebergs; but if they were to float in the warm waters of the Gulf stream without dissolving,... Read More

Mercy Not Sacrifice

March 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mercy

Mercy Not Sacrifice   Easter! The Resurrection of the Lord! What a glorious and joyous season. We have fasted, given alms and prayed. We have done what the Church called us to, in imitation of the Lord, in order to follow more closely in His footsteps. All this is good. But, now what? I can’t help wondering, especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy—and I do not exclude myself from this—how... Read More

Prepare for War … Prepare for Paradise

March 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

Prepare for War … Prepare for Paradise The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 6 of 8) So what made the Poles so extraordinarily great in the midst of their suffering? Fr. Lucian gave the answer with one simple statement: “Father Maximilian prepared us for the war” Yes. The Pole’s heroic goodness was Kolbe’s doing. Or, more accurately, it was Our Blessed Mother’s doing. She used... Read More

To Be Hidden with Christ in God

To Be Hidden with Christ in God Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to hide from creatures in order to enter into intimacy with You. MEDITATION When we speak of the hidden life of Jesus, we do not mean only His self-effacement in the eyes of men, from whom He concealed His divinity, thus avoiding their praise. Besides these exterior relations with creatures, we must penetrate into the secret places... Read More

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