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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 of labor. Naturally, both... 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 transgression, really rid of it.... 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 comes, fail. The Lord, Part... 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 concerning Jesus' life. The Lord,... Read More

Making a Solemn Commitment to Prayer

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Dan Burke, Sarah Reinhard

Making a Solemn Commitment to Prayer Into the Deep (Week 3 of 4) When we buy a many thousand-dollar vehicle, we don't hesitate to get the extended warranty. When we buy a couple of hundred dollar phone (which is more of a pocket computer), we don't bat an eye at the $50-70 case that will keep it protected from drops and spills. And yet, many of us expect to just turn on the prayer faucet and have it function…never mind... Read More

Into the Deep Book Club: Join Us as We Read Together!

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Into the Deep (Week 1 of 4) We're excited to announce that the next book we're reading together is none other than Into the Deep, by our founder Dan Burke. The back cover contains two sentences, which is appropriate, considering that this slim volume has less than 100 pages: “If your heart is restless like mine, there is a path to peace and joy available to you. This path can only be found in and through prayer.”... Read More

Learning to Console Jesus from the Children of Fatima

May 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Our Lady of Fatima (Week 7 of 8) Francisco had no ambition to go to school with Jacinta and Lucia. What was the use, if he was going to heaven so soon? But he liked to walk with them as far as Saint Anthony's Church in Fatima. Then he would say: “Look, you go to school and I will stay here in the church near the hidden Jesus. It isn't worth the trouble for me to learn to read. I'm leaving here soon for heaven. When you... Read More

Inspired by the Children of Fatima

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Our Lady of Fatima (Week 5 of 8) What a range of chapters this week! How can you not be inspired by the children of Fatima? I was torn…the kidnapping of the three children is tantalizing and quite a tale, but I keep coming back, in my own heart, to the continuing development of the children's spiritual life. Jacinta was too unselfish to be able to dwell long or complacently on her own good fortune when there were so many... Read More

The Promise of Much to Suffer

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

The Promise of Much to Suffer Our Lady of Fatima (Week 3 of 8) “Then you will have much to suffer. But the grace of God will be your comfort.” Mary to the 3 children at Fatima, May 13, 1917 Our reading today takes us on quite a journey, though it doesn't go very far. Our three shepherd children—Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco—have been in the same area, and yet they have had two divine interventions. The first... Read More

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life Seeds of the Word (Week 10 of 11) Have you ever logged into someone else's Facebook account? If you did, especially if it's someone who doesn't share all your viewpoints, you may be surprised at how things appear in their feed. You might, in fact, start to question whether the algorithms that underlie the way we consume information—in many more places than Facebook!—might exist for some... Read More

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