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The Way of Union

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The Way of Union   Presence of God – Lord, give me light and strength to root out of my heart all that hinders me from being united to You. MEDITATION “God communicates Himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love: namely, that has its will in closest conformity with the will of God” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel II, 5,4). In ordinary life, true love is manifested in willingness to do... Read More

Prosecuting the Pope

September 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Church Authority, God's Will, Pope

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Prosecuting the Pope   My husband is a very smart man. Whenever I come up with a new idea (aka hairbrained scheme) he asks me his trademark question: What’s the upside? It makes me think. Applying this question never seems to fail. Sure, with anything we consider we need to think about the pitfalls as well, but if there is no discernible or demonstrable upside, then we probably shouldn’t waste our time considering it to... 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

The Doctrine of Truth

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The Doctrine of Truth   1. Happy is he whom truth by itself doth teach, not by figures and words that pass away, but as it is in itself. Our own opinion and our own sense do often deceive us, and they discern but little. What availeth it to cavil and dispute about dark and hidden things; for ignorance of them we shall not be reproved in the day of judgment? It is great folly to neglect things that are profitable and necessary... Read More

The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World

June 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Doctor of the Church, God's Will, Prayer, Prayers

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The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World* Optional Memorial of Saint Ephrem Doctor of the Church   Lord, shed upon our darkened souls the brilliant light of your wisdom so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. Sunrise marks the hour for men to begin their toil, but in our souls, Lord, prepare a dwelling for the day that will never end. Grant that we may come to know the risen... Read More

The Victory of Surrender – Part II of II

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The Victory of Surrender Part II of II   Christianity is full of paradoxes: “If you want to find yourself, you have to lose yourself . . . . The last will be first and the first will be last . . . .The greatest of all is the servant of all. . . .” The most important victory we can “win” for ourselves and our families is when we truly surrender to the will of God. There isn’t enough space in our person for more... Read More

The Victory of Surrender – Part I of II

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The Victory of Surrender Part I of II “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) No matter how noble our cause may be, how do we know if it’s really the Lord doing the building? This is a question that was painfully put to me recently. Last year, I heard in my heart a call to launch a new initiative called Heroic Families because there is no more important mission right now than... Read More

How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?

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How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?   Fr John, if one is a married man with family to support, how can he truly love the Lord with ALL of his strength, when what bugs him most is raising his family? Is taking full care of the home reason enough to decline service in the parish or some religious organization where there certainly would be an equal demand for his time? This is a great question. The... Read More

What is God’s Will? Part II of II: His Permissive Will

February 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will, The Cross

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What is God’s Will? Part II of II: His Permissive Will Taking Up the Cross Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at God’s indicative will.  Today we will examine God’s permissive will. Here is the question we are studying: Dear Father John, Since I came back to the Church, I recognize my mistakes in following God’s will for me.  Now, I want nothing more than to do His will.  But, I’m not really... Read More

What is God’s Will? Part I of II: His Indicative Will

January 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

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What is God’s Will? Part I of II: His Indicative Will Hungering for God’s Will Dear Father John, Since I came back to the Church, I recognize my mistakes in following God’s will for me.  Now, I want nothing more than to do His will.  But, I’m not really sure what it is.  How do I know what is God’s will for me? JESUS IS THE center of every authentically Christian life. Loving God with all our heart,... Read More

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