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Gospel Truth in Fiction

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

Gospel Truth in Fiction Seeds of the Word (Week 6 of 11) I’m a huge fan of novels. Left to my own devices, I might never pick up another nonfiction book… And when I have the chance to find the Gospel truth in fiction…well, I feel more than a little justified. 🙂 Last year, I pulled a novel off the shelf. “I advise to read it,” the cover boasted, with Pope Francis’ name underneath. I dove... Read More

Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform Seeds of the Word (Week 5 of 11) The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own, through our political, economic, military, or cultural efforts. When we try to eliminate conflict and sin through social reform, we inevitably make matters worse. As Pascal said long ago, “He who would turn himself... Read More

Finding Jesus in Superhero Movies

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 4 of 11) Confession: I’m a fan of superhero movies. It’s my husband’s fault. He introduced me to Iron Man and we’ve made date nights again and again as new movies have been released. While we mostly stay with the Marvel universe (cleaner and interwoven so delightfully), I can’t help but notice how these suited men trying to save the world from evil have a lot in common with... Read More

What Do Your Want with all Your Heart?

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

What Do Your Want with all Your Heart? Seeds of the Word (Week 3 of 11) In the Gospel of John, Jesus turns on two young men who are following him and asks, “What do you want?” It’s an indispensably important question. Many people go through life not really knowing what they most fundamentally want, and accordingly, they drift. The correct answer to Jesus’ question is “eternal life” or “friendship with God” or... Read More

How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies

January 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

How Seeds of the Word May Make Me Watch More Movies   Seeds of the Word (Week 2 of 11) Sometimes the way God gets me to read a book is by having me give away my review copy and forcing me to purchase one… And sometimes the way God gets me to watch more movies is to have me purchase a book I could’ve read for free. I’m a huge fan of Bishop Barron and his work. I’ve been following and reading him for... Read More

Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture

January 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Announcing Our New Book: Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture Seeds of the Word (Week 1 of 11) We, here at the Spiritual Direction Book Club hope you and your family have enjoyed a blessed Holiday Season! It’s been a while since we enjoyed your company; but we’re glad you popped in today because we are so excited to announce our latest book!!!! For the next twelve weeks,we will be – not just reading... Read More

Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 5 of 5)   Mercy is one of those words that’s just…used. We toss it around without fully thinking about what it means, what it implies, what trouble it causes. Scandalous would definitely not have been on the list of adjectives I would have used to describe mercy before reading this book, but consider how Fr. James Mallon describes “scandalous mercy”: God’s mercy is scandalous.... Read More

How Your Suffering Can Help Make the World a Better, Kinder Place

November 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

How Your Suffering can Make the World a Better, Kinder Place   Beautiful Mercy (Week 4 of 5) Nothing makes us more effective ministers of comfort than having suffered ourselves. Not one of your tears of pain will be wasted if you allow them to be redeemed in the life of another. God can use every ounce of what you have been through to make this world a better, kinder place. “Beautiful Mercy” (Comforting Mercy,... Read More

Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy

November 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 3 of 5) Consider Lisa Hendey’s reflection on giving drink to the thirsty: she took readers with her to Tanzania, painting a picture of the young girls carrying huge water jugs on their heads. She then zoomed back to her own California home, where a drought had made her more aware of water. Yet, she mentions, it’s more than just about water, isn’t it? But let us also remember that the “thirsty”... Read More

Theology of the Body – Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture

November 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

Theology of the Body: A Gift of Mercy to a Desperate Culture   Beautiful Mercy (Week 2 of 5) Take up a study of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and you will discover that behind all the sexual pain and confusion in the world and in our own hearts is the human thirst for heaven gone awry. Sexual sin, you might say, is a quest to satisfy our thirst for heaven with “dead water.” Christ meets us right there with... Read More

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