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Five Ways to Trust God – From People Who Did

February 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

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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

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

December 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Feast Days, Mary

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Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization “The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.” These words of Venerable Fulton Sheen echoed across the radio waves back in 1947 when he spoke about the effects of communism on modern womanhood and the decision our age must make whether or not it will accept the gift of woman, which produces the strongest societies, or reject... Read More

Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire

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Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire Perhaps you were expecting a post along the lines of: “If you participate in Halloween,” you’re aiding and abetting evil. Well, depending on one’s intention, that may very well be the case. I look at the displays all over the yards here where my family lives and you can’t help but feel the evil influence lurking beneath seemingly “benign”... Read More

The Rosary Is Our Spiritual Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Satan

October 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

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“The Rosary Is Our Spiritual Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Satan” I just returned from leading a retreat in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was organized by those belonging to TOOL, which stands for “Teams of Our Lady”. What an exceptional group of Catholics, who witnessed to me while I witnessed to them. Considering the location, you might say the retreat was radioactive! Now, if you... Read More

“Hail Holy Queen”

August 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Memorial

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“Hail Holy Queen” Millions of times a day at the end of every Rosary, Mary is hailed as the “holy Queen” in whom we find “our life, our sweetness and our hope.” This reality is proof enough that the Church does not want her children to ever forget how important our heavenly Queen is in the life of Christians. Queenship is not very popular in the modern world that has sought to liberate... Read More

1917

May 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

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 1917 1917 What do Russia, the rise of Communism, the fall of Communism, Islam and Catholicism share in common? Fatima, 1917. We will unpack these connections over the next few blog posts as we reflect on the revolutionary message of Fatima. When we look at the complex web of world events today, it can be too easy to get caught up in daily news reports that tirelessly remind us we are living in one... Read More

Mary, Advent of Christ

December 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary

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Mary, Advent of Christ Is it mere coincidence that the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception during Advent? Not if the Holy Spirit has anything to do with it (hint: He does). Moreover, is it mere coincidence that God should send Mary to the geographic center of the Americas to establish a beachhead in the pagan New World, in the West, on a day on which the Immaculate Conception... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life Week 6 of 6

April 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Navigating the Interior Life Week 6 of 6 Exterior Piety vs. Interior Joy  Millions stand within just a few feet of the grace necessary to ascend to the heights of heaven in this life (with limitations, of course) and to meet the smile of God face-to-face in the next. Many of these souls attend Mass weekly, or even daily, and they are engaged in devotions like praying the Rosary, Adoration, and... Read More

Book Club – The Imitation of Christ Week 3 of 10

January 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Imitation of Christ Week 3 of 10 My Dearest Reading Friends, Welcome Back!!!  I hope each of you enjoyed a beautiful and Christ-filled Christmas season full of family and friends.  I took a little break from The Imitation over the holidays to read brief meditations on Christmas here and there, and I finally refocused and finished the reading assignment by reading the final chapter in Book II... Read More

Broken? – Stanza VII – Part II

November 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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For when our human strength prevails, pride and self-reliance grow. We then forget that we are creatures, whom to God, due worship owe. Do we really owe God anything? Yes. Love. It’s the only thing we can give Him, the only thing He wants is that we freely return His love. And we gain everything in return! In the book, “Lift Up Your Heart” Archbishop Fulton Sheen says: Let Go of Fear God does... Read More

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