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Five Ways to Trust God – From People Who Did

February 16, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 2 of 8) Truly, sin begins with a lack of trust: “Man let his trust in his creator die in his heart.” Sure, pride was there, too. But the starting point, the origin of sin, is lack of trust in God. And this applies not only to the first sin but to “all subsequent sin.” Indeed, every one of our sins involves “lack of trust” in God’s goodness.... Read More

Spiritual reading, better prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila, Days 13 & 14

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Spiritual Reading, Better Prayer Life 30 Days w/Teresa of Avila Days 13 & 14   Follow the example of St. Teresa of Avila. Today’s show focuses on overcoming faults with spiritual direction, and improving prayer life with spiritual reading. Listen to a discussion of the letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is “false... Read More

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Virtue

July 22, 2014 by  
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  The Sinner’s Guide (Week 16 of 16) If the faithful all practiced the same virtues, how could they be called a body, which necessarily consists of different members? – The Sinner’s Guide, (Chapter 46, Paragraph 9) Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Virtue When my husband and I first met, he put on a good show, in an attempt to “woo” me. But early in our relationship,... Read More

The Call of Duty: More than Just a Popular Video Game

July 15, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 15 of 16) Man’s duty towards his neighbor is embraced in the practice of charity and mercy. Read Holy Scriptures and you will appreciate the importance of these virtues. The writings of the prophets, Apostles, and evangelists abound with counsels concerning them. The Sinner’s Guide, Chapter 41, Paragraph 1 The Call of Duty: More than just a Popular Video Game Duty... Read More

Social Media and Our Thirst for Knowledge

July 8, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 14 of 16) Christians should guard with special care, particularly the eyes, which, in the language of Holy Scripture, are the windows through which death enters to rob us of life… …We should protect our ears not only from evil words, but from frivolous conversations, worldly gossip, and idle discourses. – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 40, Section 4,... Read More

Pet Sins and the Brick Wall of “I Don’t Need Confession”

July 1, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 13 of 16) We cannot successfully battle with enemies abroad when the forces within us are in a state of rebellion. Thus we see that the devil first tempted Our Savior to gluttony, wishing to make himself master of the avenue through which all other vices find an easy entrance. Chapter 34, Paragraph 2 Remember that your soul can never rule the flesh, if it be not itself... Read More

Home Improvement and the Quest for Peace

June 24, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 12 of 16)  In its pursuit of worldly possessions your poor heart fruitlessly exhausts itself, for it will never find content. It drinks deeply at the fountains of pleasure, yet its thirst is never appeased. Its enjoyment of the possessions it has already acquired is destroyed by an insatiable thirst for more. – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 31, Paragraph 7) Several... Read More

Flannery O’Connor and the Horror of Sin

June 17, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 11 of 16) Take a lesson from the carpenter, who, when he wishes to drive a large nail, is not satisfied with giving it a few strokes, but continues hammering until he is sure it is firmly fastened. You must imitate him, if you would firmly implant this resolution in your soul. Be not satisfied with renewing it from time to time, but daily take advantage of all the... Read More

The Ease of Mercy and the Difficulty of Virtue

June 10, 2014 by  
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Ease of Mercy and the Difficulty of Virtue The Sinner’s Guide (Week 10 of 16) Reflect on this. Men act freely when they sin, for no man is forced to do wrong. But when they have fallen they cannot rise without the divine assistance. Now, God owes this to no man. It is His gratuitous gift when He restores the sinner to His favor. Hence He but exercises His justice when He permits him to remain in... Read More

The Habit of Sin

June 3, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 9 of 16) The first of these causes is the tyranny of bad habits. So strong are these that many would die rather than relinquish them. Hence St. Jerome declares that a long habit of sin robs virtue of all its sweetness. For habit becomes second nature, and to overcome it we must conquer nature itself, which is the greatest victory a man can achieve. “When a vice is... Read More

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