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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

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

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The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I’ve heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen. On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil. Is the devil for real? If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven? It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR... Read More

Book Club – Spiritual Combat – A Crisis of Faith

July 24, 2012 by  
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  Consider Jesus on the Cross as you would a devout book worthy of your unceasing study and by which you may learn the practice of the most heroic virtues. This is the book which may be truly called the “Book of Life” (Apocalypse 3:5), which at once enlightens the mind by its doctrines and inflames the will by its examples. The world is full of books, but were it possible for man to read... Read More

Book Club – Spiritual Combat – Love Thy Neighbor

July 17, 2012 by  
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…whoever unjustly condemns his neighbor has good reason for suspecting himself guilty of the same crime, inasmuch as vicious men are prone to think others like themselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves inclined to condemn others, let us inwardly accuse ourselves with this just reproof: “Blind and presumptuous wretch, how dare you rashly examine your neighbors actions – you who have... Read More

Book Club – Spiritual Combat – Battling Despair

July 10, 2012 by  
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Battling Despair   The Evil one even uses virtue to tempt us to sin, inflating our egos with exaggerated self-esteem and complacency to the point where we succumb to vainglory. Thus we must be ceaselessly vigilant, cognizant of our own nothingness, our sinfulness, our appalling inadequacy, and ever mindful that we deserve nothing but eternal perdition. Let this remembrance be to us as a sword... Read More

Book Club – Spiritual Combat – The Joy of Suffering

July 3, 2012 by  
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Joy of Suffering The sufferings brought by the heat, or cold, or any other inconvenience, the heavy weight of grief or sorrow, may be considered as the eternal decrees of Providence which sends suffering for your own good and proportions it to your strength. In this way, God’s fatherly love and tenderness for you will become evident. It is apparent in the opportunities that He gives you to serve... Read More

Book Club – Spiritual Combat – The Field of Battle

June 26, 2012 by  
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The first thing to do when you awake is to open the windows of your soul. Consider yourself as on the field of battle, facing the enemy and bound by the iron-clad law – either fight or die. Imagine the enemy before you, that particular vice or disorderly passion that you are trying to conquer – imagine this hideous opponent is about to overwhelm you. At the same time, picture at your right... Read More

Book Club – Spiritual Combat – A Troublesome Partner: Part II

June 22, 2012 by  
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I had to add a post today because I wanted to share an example from King of the Golden City of how easy it is to give into Self, and what happens when we do. Even the slightest submission can affect an entire day, as demonstrated in the following excerpt: “Six o’clock – time to get up,” said Dilecta, and she was just going to make a spring, when Self’s sleepy voice was heard: “It... Read More

A Troublesome Partner – Spiritual Combat – Book Club

June 18, 2012 by  
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…the essence of the spiritual life does not lie in any of those things to which I have alluded. It consists in nothing else but the knowledge of the divine goodness and greatness, of our own nothingness and proneness to evil; in the love of God and the hatred of self; in entire subjection, not only to God Himself, but, for the love of Him, to all creatures; in giving up our own will and in completely... Read More

Calling All Readers! – “Spiritual Combat” Profile

June 12, 2012 by  
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I’m the kind of person who loves to share what I’ve been reading. As a Catholic convert who is really excited about the Faith, much of my reading is “spiritual.”  But don’t think that deters me!  Whether the Bible, Catechism or Catholic classics, whatever the conversation, I can always find a segue into my latest book. For example: Friendly Acquaintance at a Mother’s Group: So are you... Read More

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