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Serving God as Both Martha AND Mary

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Serving God as Both Martha AND Mary The Lord (Week 9 of 23) Martha's work is balanced by Mary's reverence. Christianity has always placed the life struggling for inner truth and ultimate love above that intent on exterior action, even the most courageous and excellent. It has always valued silence more highly than words, purity of intent more than success, the magnanimity of love more than the effect... Read More

The Never-Ending Process of Spiritual Growth

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Process of Spiritual Growth The Lord (Week 8 of 23) He who had lived in darkness was suddenly flooded with light that, pouring in through his eyes, dazzlingly illuminated everything within him. Then Jesus taught him to adjust himself to the new brightness both within and without: to perceive in the natural light also that other, holy light which contact with the light of the world had kindled.... Read More

Forgiveness and the Freedom to Love

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Forgiveness and the Freedom to Love The Lord (Week 7 of 23) Forgiveness does not mean that God says to me: Your evil deed shall be undone. It was done and remains done. Nor does it mean that he says: It was not so bad. It was bad?I know it and God knows it. And again it does not mean that God is willing to cover up my sin or to look the other way. What help would that be? I want to be rid of my... Read More

Miracles and Crosses – Two Sides of the Same Coin

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Miracles and Crosses – Two Sides of the Same Coin The Lord (Week 6 of 23) The miracle reveals the world as it appears to God: the world viewed from within, from the perspective of the human heart and human fate. It also teaches us who God is: him to whom man’s fate means so much…He is the God of hearts. …God is moved by the suffering human heart; the pain of it clouds his face, and we... Read More

Marian Apparitions: Fatima Centenary

Apply for the School of Spiritual Formation at the Avila Institute to take courses such as today’s featured course: “Marian Apparitions in the Modern World: Fatima Centenary” “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.” Amen – Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima A Marian apparition, deemed genuine... Read More

There’s Hope for All of Us: Just Look at the Disciples

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

There's Hope for All of Us: Just Look at the Disciples The Lord (Week 5 of 23) And the disciples? It must be admitted that during Jesus' lifetime not one of them suggests a great personality. Before Pentecost they are still all too human. It is depressing to see Jesus among them. Uncomprehending they degrade everything, are jealous of each other, take advantage of their position, and when the test... Read More

“Any Tree in my Path Seems to have More Power than He…”

July 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

“Any Tree in my Path Seems to have More Power than He…” The Lord (Week 4 of 23) God counts only when people permit him to, when they and their demands leave me time for him. God rules only in spite of people; when under their influence I am not too strongly tempted to feel that he does not exist at all. He reigns inasmuch as consciousness of his presence is able to force itself... Read More

There’s More to Life than the Mind (The Lord Book Club)

July 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Lord Book Club (Week 3 of 23) The mind must never allow itself to be misled into seeming ‘comprehension,' into facile sensations or phrases with nothing solid behind them. The whole problem is a mystery, the sacred mystery of the relationship of the triune God to his incarnate Son. We can never penetrate it, and knowledge of the incapacity must dominate our every thought and statement... Read More

What’s Gritty, Gutsy, Requires Patience and is Absolutely Necessary? Granite Faith

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Granite Faith The Lord (Week 2 of 23) What is demanded of us, as of her, is a constant wrestling in fide with the mystery of God and with the evil resistance of the world. Our obligation is not delightful poetry but granite faith — more than ever in this age of absolutes in which the mitigating spell is falling from all things and naked opposites clash everywhere. The purer we see and understand... Read More

Announcing Our Next Book: The Lord by Romano Guardini

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Announcing Our Next Book: The Lord by Romano Guardini The Lord (Week 1 of 23) Dear Spiritual Direction Family, Please join our Book Club as we read one of the great treasures of Catholic thought – The Lord, by Romano Guardini. Following are the accolades from the back of my edition: “Monsignor Guardini…has written more than just the life of Jesus. He places that life in the context of... Read More

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