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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 understand who he is and what... 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 upon me, to coexist with the people... Read More

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. Reading has made many saints. —Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way Shortly after I became a Catholic, I stumbled upon a book that highlighted traditions of the Faith that had been followed for some centuries. Some were small-t traditions, and others large-T traditions. My husband is a cradle Catholic, but there were a lot of things I was reading about Catholic... Read More

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

June 27, 2017 by  
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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 the figure of the Mother of... 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 history and shows how the teachings... Read More

What do Millionaires and Prayer Warriors Have in Common?

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

What do Millionaires and Prayer Warriors Share in Common? Into the Deep (Week 4 of 4) My father was then oldest son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college, but he made his first million by the time he was thirty. He also owned two homes by then. He retired at age forty-five. I learned a lot from my dad growing up. One principle he worked hard to teach me was to be “scrappy.” (Webster’s... Read More

When it Comes to Prayer, Perseverance is the Key to Success

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Dan Burke, Vicki Burbach

Perseverance in Prayer Into the Deep (Week 2 of 4) Without prayer we will inevitably drift from the sacraments and become mired in sin and narcissism; we will be distracted from the most important things in life and our ability to hear and respond to God will become dulled. – Into the Deep (Introduction, Paragraph 12) Over the years I’ve read dozens of book on Catholic spirituality. Maybe even hundreds. Of all the... Read More

Be the Tortoise of Devotion – Pace Yourself

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Be the Tortoise of Devotion – Pace Yourself   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 8 of 8) According to the Voz de Fatima, published at the shrine, the Blessed Mother said to her in her cell, on December 10, 1925: “Look, my daughter, at my Heart surrounded with the thorns with which ungrateful men wound it by their blasphemies and iniquities. You, at least try to console me, and announce that I promise to assist at the... Read More

Vicki Burbach on EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa

Vicki Burbach on “EWTN Live” with Fr Mitch Pacwa The Full Interview On the “EWTN Live” show, Fr. Mitch Pacwa interviews SpiritualDirection.com Book Club’s own Vicki Burbach about her life, her conversion to Catholicism, raising and homeschooling her six children, and her book How to Read Your Way to Heaven. Vicki talks about how Christian classmates impacted her when they stood up to their atheist... Read More

Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ

May 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Sacrifice and the Mystical Body of Christ Our Lady of Fatima (Week 6 of 8) “Did she tell you to pray for the conversion of sinners?” “No. She told me to pray to the Lady of the Rosary so that the war would end.” Lucia explained later that the Lady had asked for sacrifices rather than prayers for the conversion of sinners.” — Our Lady of Fatima ( Words between an investigator and Lucia); Chapter VIII, p. 133 Sacrifice.... Read More

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