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Democracy Cannot Exist Without God

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Family, Freedom, Vicki Burbach

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Life of Christ (Week 22 of 27) A democracy with a conscience became a mobocracy with power. When a democracy loses its moral sense, it can vote itself right out of democracy. — Life of Christ (Ch. 47, Paragraph 4) Over the past couple of weeks, parents across the country have been ushering their children off to school, posting “first day” pictures on social media, celebrating new horizons from the Kindergarten playground... Read More

Rediscovering “Work” with Purpose

September 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Family Life, God's Will

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Rediscovering “Work” with Purpose   Labor Day marks the end of the summer season for Americans as it represents a return to work and school for many. In particular, it is meant to serve as a tribute for the contributions and achievements of American workers. While the day is marked mostly by families having parties and barbecues in the more accommodating September weather, it should be a moment for serious pause because,... Read More

A Declaration of Dependence

July 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Family, Following Christ, God

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A Declaration of Dependence Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~ John Adams, 2nd President of the United States Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans! Recently, I spoke at a diocesan event in the heart of Fulton Sheen land, Peoria, Illinois. One of the talks was on Fulton Sheen’s Way to Happiness. At first hearing, the title might sound so generic... Read More

What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? (Part I of II)

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What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? Part I of II Dear Father John, I’m interested in knowing what kind of people will help me grow closer to God, not just priests, but all sorts of people.  What kind of spiritual allies should we have? ALTHOUGH EACH ONE of us has a personal relationship with God, that relationship takes root and grows within a larger network of relationships within the Church. When we are baptized,... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

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On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth Commandment orders us to: “Honor... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part IV of IV)

September 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part IV of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Part III looked at what it means to be prophet and king. Today, we will briefly... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part III of IV)

September 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part III of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Today, we will look at what it means to be prophet and king. What it Means... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part II of IV)

September 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part II of IV) Editor’s Note: In part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Today, we begin to consider what being priest, prophet and king means by delving into what it means to be priest in the world and how parents carry that out within the family. What it Means to be Priest, Prophet and King in the Secular World We are given a... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part I of IV)

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part I of IV) Editor’s Note:  As a nod to the World Meeting of Families, in this post we will look at how the family, as domestic Church, hands on the faith by living out her share of Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king, and by responding to the universal call to holiness.  Today we will introduce our topic and examine how the four marks of the Church... Read More

Great Time to be Catholic: Witness to Our Faith as Pope Visits US

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Family, Pope, Teresa Tomeo

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It’s a Great Time to Be Catholic: Let’s Witness to Our Faith as Pope Visits U.S.   Editor’s Note: Today we welcome Teresa Tomeo to our site with her post urging us to witness to our faith, and the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s visit to the U.S. Many of you know her from her great work at EWTN and also from her own television and radio shows, books, speaking engagements and all the many ways... Read More

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