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Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement


Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don’t bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel,... Read More

The Beatitudes Explained and More

May 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Life of Christ (Week 7 of 27)   The Beatitudes Explained and More Though I’m enjoying this book immensely, I have to be honest with you: I’m not in a season of my life when reading is easy. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I love reading. I self-identify as a reading hobbyist. Asked what my ideal day consists of, I can’t help but include coffee and reading. But it’s May... Read More

Does God interfere with our free will?

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Free Will

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Dear Father John, when we pray for a good and holy intention for a soul, for example: for someone’s return to the Roman Catholic Faith and their Holy Death or that someone will resist committing a serious sin, am I correct in my understanding that Our Dear Lord will stand beside this Soul and bestow upon them the necessary Graces they will need to make the right and wise decision of returning back to... Read More

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