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Beware of the Self-Help Genre

September 19, 2017 by  
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Beware of the Self-Help Genre The Lord (Week 14 of 23) We can participate in the beginning which is he only by becoming one with his will. When we feel this we draw back, startled, for it means the cross. Then it is better to say honestly: “I can’t, yet,” than to mouth pious phrases. Slow there, with the large words “self-surrender” and “sacrifice”! It is better to admit our weakness and ask him to teach us strength.... Read More

How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith

September 5, 2017 by  
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How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith The Lord (Week 12 of 23) What immeasurable assurance it would be to catch his eye and feel his power surge through us, to know with every cell of our being who he is? Why isn’t this granted us? We must know. — The Lord (Part 4, Chapter VI, Paragraph 12) Isn’t this the dream of each and every one of us? To KNOW? That is, to know by sight and by touch? To hear... Read More

Hatred – The Most Blinding Force of All

August 22, 2017 by  
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Hatred – The Most Blinding Force of All The Lord (Week 10 of 23) To see another human being as he really is means to lay ourselves open to his influence. Thus when fear or dislike moves us to avoid him, this reaction is already evident in our gaze; the eye characterizes him, stifling the good, heightening the bad. We discern his intentions, make swift comparisons, and leap to conclusions. All this proceeds involuntarily,... Read More

The Never-Ending Process of Spiritual Growth

August 8, 2017 by  
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The Process of Spiritual Growth The Lord (Week 8 of 23) He who had lived in darkness was suddenly flooded with light that, pouring in through his eyes, dazzlingly illuminated everything within him. Then Jesus taught him to adjust himself to the new brightness both within and without: to perceive in the natural light also that other, holy light which contact with the light of the world had kindled. Jesus inflamed the man to a... Read More

Miracles and Crosses – Two Sides of the Same Coin

July 25, 2017 by  
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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  
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“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

Our Next Book: The Lord by Romano Guardini

June 20, 2017 by  
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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  
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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

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