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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... Read More

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?

March 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 2 of 8) What interested Jacinta most was the story of the Passion of Christ, which Lucia, with the native talent that shows sporadically in her four memoirs, must have made graphic enough. Jesus praying alone in the Garden while His friends slept and His enemies plotted; Jesus being scourged while His Mother looked... Read More

Our Lady of Fatima Book Club

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Announcing Our Lady of Fatima (Week 1 of 8)   In honor of the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to the children of Fatima (May 13, 2017), we are excited to embark with you on a journey through time and space to a small village in Portugal where the magnificent events took place. If you’ve ever asked yourself, What was so special about Fatima? Or, What were the mysteries surrounding the Miracle? or What did... Read More

How to Confront “The New Morality” with Truth and Beauty

March 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

How to Confront “The New Morality” with Truth and Beauty Seeds of the Word (Week 11 of 11) How well do Christians know the theories of their intellectual enemies? Can we identify their blind spots and the flaws in their logic? Have we read the great Christian apologists — G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Ronald Knox, Fulton Sheen — and can we wield their arguments against those who are coming at... Read More

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life

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

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life Seeds of the Word (Week 10 of 11) Have you ever logged into someone else’s Facebook account? If you did, especially if it’s someone who doesn’t share all your viewpoints, you may be surprised at how things appear in their feed. You might, in fact, start to question whether the algorithms that underlie the way we consume information—in many more places than Facebook!—might... Read More

Who Is a None? And Why Are There So Many?

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 9 of 11) Just what—or who—is a “None”? Have you ever heard that phrase before to describe people’s religious affiliation? I remember hearing about the findings of the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey when they were originally published. There was an outcry about the “Nones,” those people who self-identify as, well, nothing. No religion. To be honest, I still... Read More

Do Americans Believe Christianity is as Violent as Islam?

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Do Americans believe that Christianity is as Violent as Islam? Seeds of the Word (Week 8 of 11) Take out of consideration the Creator, who made every person in love and destined each for eternal life, and properly inalienable rights promptly disappear.  And individuals become, in very short order, the objects of political manipulation and domination. To see the truth of this, all we have to do is look at the totalitarianisms... Read More

The Light of Faith: How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Light of Faith – How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew   Seeds of the Word (Week 7 of 11) In “New” atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as a pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc. Time and time again, the late Christopher Hitchens, echoing Immanuel Kant, called... Read More

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

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