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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... 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

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’... Read More

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

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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

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... 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

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

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

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