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A Declaration of Dependence

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A Declaration of Dependence Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~ John Adams, 2nd President of the United States Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans! Recently, I spoke at a diocesan event in the heart of Fulton Sheen land, Peoria, Illinois. One of the talks was on Fulton Sheen’s Way to Happiness. At first hearing,... Read More

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast

May 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary, Mercy

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast In this year of mercy, today’s feast, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invites us to appreciate Our Lady’s own understanding of God’s mercy.  By reflecting on Our Blessed Mother’s visitation to her cousin, Saint Elizabeth, the Virgin Mary, who is called “Mother of Mercy”, can help us understand God’s... Read More

Prepare for War … Prepare for Paradise

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

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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

What is Your Why?

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What is a dynamic Catholic? To me, these are folks who give all they have to God and neighbor in a way that is energetic, creative, and that yields an impact wherever they go. Peter Howard, the author of what follows, is a dynamic Catholic. As such, we have been blessed to have him teaching at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and now he is working to expand his public speaking. When I heard... Read More

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen on Politics

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Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen on Politics Editor’s Note: Today, one day before the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Patti Maguire Armstrong reminds us of the words of wisdom Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen published in the 1940s and how they still ring true today. … Sheen: A Lesson on Politics Regarding religion and politics, I was…taken aback while... Read More

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Memorial

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Hail Holy Queen, Hail Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope! Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary   What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are an exaggerated expression of piety as they apply also to her Son, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our Redemption. However, God’s Redemption began not with an... Read More

St Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Saints and Blesseds

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St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends . . . This I command you, to love one another. (John 15:12-13, 17) These words of Christ come during his farewell discourse to His Apostles on Holy Thursday, immediately before He embraces... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Self Denial, Trent Beattie

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Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem... Read More

The Control Freak’s Guide to Happiness

September 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Happiness, Trent Beattie

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Years ago, a caller asked a radio host what to do regarding her father. He wasn’t around while she was growing up, and his absenteeism hadn’t changed now that she was an adult. Despite his caring words on the phone, he wouldn’t actually follow through by visiting his daughter in person. The distraught daughter called in and wanted to know what to do. What the host said shocked me. Instead of... Read More

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