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Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You

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Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good. You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.) I. I am the Lord your... Read More

What We Can Learn from Average Americans Who Were Great

May 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Spiritual Life, Vicki Burbach

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Life of Christ (Week 5 of 27) There is a law written across the universe, that no one shall be crowned unless he has first struggled. No halo of merit rests suspended over those who do not fight. Icebergs that float in the cold streams of the north do not command our respectful attention, just for being icebergs; but if they were to float in the warm waters of the Gulf stream without dissolving, they would command awe and wonderment.... Read More

Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life

March 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Spiritual Life, The Cross

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Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life   For Blessed Elisabeth, the beginning and end of human life is a great hymn of praise. She held this as true for her married sister, a young mother, as she did for her fellow Carmelite nuns. She boldly affirmed that the very source of our existence is in the Son whose mysterious canticle of praise to the Father is the source of eternal joy. She contemplated the... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do with Faith? (Part II of II)

August 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Development, Spiritual Life

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What do books have to do with faith? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note:  In part one, we looked at what literature is and the magnificent power of poetry.  Today, we will examine drama and fiction, and talk about the positive effect that the fine arts can have on our spiritual development. Here is the question we are looking at: Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don’t need stuff like... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

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What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don’t need stuff like that to have a relationship with God.  What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway?  Please help.  I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for learning to love God with our... Read More

Spiritual Steps for Your Choleric Child

June 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Family Life, Nancy HC Ward, Spiritual Life

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Saint or Tyrant? A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child   Hippocrates noted four patterns of behavior: choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and melancholic. Author, mother and blogger Connie Rossini has created a dynamic new set of spiritual growth plans for her children. She shares her strategies in the first book of the series: A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child. Here we learn about the four temperaments... Read More

Reading Non-Canonized Books of the Bible

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Dear Father John, I recently came back to the Church and one of the things that has really awakened me, other than the “Catholics Come Home” book, was the works of Dr. Peter Kreeft. I have found that in my ‘older’ age, theology is something that I am really enjoying reading and thinking about. My question is, is it ‘safe’ to read non-canonized books of the Bible? I want to understand more about... Read More

Get a Vowel

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Get a Vowel You are climbing a mountain, working hard, pushing yourself to fight the fight and finish the race. There are times to relax and let go of a struggle for a while, but there are times to persevere. Right now, you know you have got to keep going in the face of opposition, keep trying in the face of failure, keep hoping in the face of despair. But you can’t. You’re up against something that might seem unimposing to... Read More

Inside the Holy Sepulchre

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Editor’s Note:  Today, it gives us great pleasure to introduce to you, Mr. David Torkington.  David is an English theologian who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology.  As well as being a prolific author, he also gives retreats and lectures extensively.  Today, we feature his first post on our site.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home. Inside the Holy Sepulchre Like a bolt... Read More

The Greatest Act of Human Freedom in History

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The Greatest Act of Human Freedom in History (Solemnity of the Annunciation) My favorite solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Annunciation. I have to admit, Fulton Sheen is the one who opened my eyes to this great mystery like no other. When one looks at the mystery of Mary from the perspective of any of her great dogmas – the Immaculate Conception, her Perpetual Virginity, her predestined privilege to be the Mother... Read More

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