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Why We Need Lourdes

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Healing, Marriage, Mary, Pilgrimage

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Why do we need Lourdes? Of all of the Marian shrines in the world, Notre Dame de Lourdes in France is most associated with healing. Bernadette Soubirous and the Lady On February 11, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous went to Massabielle on the banks of the river and saw a lady dressed in white in a grotto. She saw her a few more times before the lady asked her to return every night for a fortnight, and Bernadette complied.... Read More

The Marriage of Our Lady

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THE MARRIAGE OF OUR LADY “As the Church is subject to Christ, so also let wives be subject to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered Himself up for it; that He might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life; that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and... Read More

Why I have the Best Wife and Marriage in the Known Universe

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Just this week I celebrated the seventh anniversary of my marriage to my incredible wife Stephanie. Not according to our plan, but God’s, we were married on 07/07 of 2007. So, with all these sevens I thought it appropriate to reflect back on a marriage that is as near to perfect as I think is possible. Here are seven reasons I propose my wife as the best wife in the known universe: She always says YES to prayer: Having experienced... Read More

Marriage Spirituality Index – List of Marriage Spirituality Posts

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Marriage Spirituality Index Listing of Marriage Spirituality Posts Dear Friends, I thought it might be helpful to provide an index to our marriage spirituality posts for you. The posts listed below are the current listing of posts on our site.  We will continue to update our offerings as they are published. Please check back from time to time to find out what may have been added.   Posts by Greg and Julie Alexander: How... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part III of III)

August 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

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In our last post we considered the power of God’s love as the ground of married love. In this post, we will ponder the divine love which looks on marriage with resurrected eyes, and delve deeper into the kind of prayer faithful marriage requires. Resurrected Eyes. The Gospels invite us to contemplate all marriage, even difficult and failed marriages, with resurrected eyes.  This is a perspective one gains by turning to... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part II of III)

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

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In the last post we looked at St. Hildegard’s vision in which hell is at war with marriage. In this war, human cleverness and resourcefulness are of limited value.  Only God can hold together what He has joined. In this post, we will ponder the power of God’s love as the ground of married love. The Power of God’s Merciful Love.  The merciful love of the Father is the mysterious love that joins husband and... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part I of III)

August 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

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Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan exhorted the faithful while he was in prison, “If you desire peace, you will have to fight continuously.” This constant struggle is true not only for the heart but also for the sacredness of marriage.  Our culture has come to despise the faithful love of husband and wife. Anyone who advocates for this ancient institution is an object of derision. Yet the real problem is not... Read More

As a married woman, how can I progress to greater holiness?

May 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness, Marriage

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Dear Father John, I have recently returned to St. Theresa of Avila’s autobiography, having only gotten through a third of it last year. It is easier to read now. I have an idea of where I am spiritually according to her book and will discuss this with my Redemptorist Spiritual Director. But I have a question. What I am seeking is: What is written for married women that is of the value of St. Teresa’s book about spiritual... Read More

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