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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 mind... 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 books... 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

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

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

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

Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver Our Lady of Fatima (Week 4 of 8) And Francisco! What a comfort he was! He seemed not only to accept suffering, but to love it, as the saints do who follow in the footsteps of the Crucified. “Our Lady told us we would have much to suffer,” he would say. “That doesn't matter to me, I will suffer everything as much as she wants!” Or when Lucia was on the verge of... 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

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