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One Devil To Another

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker, Spiritual Warfare

On a Friday evening in July, 1940, CS Lewis and a friend listened to Hitler on the radio. Lewis wondered if he was weaker than other people since he found that, while the speech lasted, it was hard not to believe what Hitler was saying. He marveled how statements which he knew to be lies sounded convincingly true as long as they were spoken “unflinchingly.” It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, considering this experience... Read More

Is my Reversion Real or am I just Rebelling Against Feminism?

June 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Conversion, Feminism, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I am a recent “revert” to Catholicism – and I am so glad to be so! Recently, a friend of mine published a book about finding female power through sacred global feminine symbols. This involves, from her perspective, abandoning all patriarchal religious traditions. I never bought into radical feminism – in fact, in college I rebelled against what I saw as the genderless feminist movement. But... Read More

Hornets & Lions

June 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Magisterium, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

One thing I was certain about when I became Catholic: I knew I would not be a Cafeteria Catholic – picking and choosing what suited me. If I thought I’d have that attitude, then I could’ve saved myself a lot of trouble and remained Protestant. (For what else is Sola Scriptura but the ultimate all-you-can-eat Spiritual Smorgasbord? A huge Bible buffet with no one to tell me that I have to eat that bit of spinach or can’t... Read More

Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH) for the Rest of Us

June 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer

If you're like any number of Catholics, you've heard of the breviary, the Divine Office, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Maybe you've tried your hand at an Hour or two. Maybe you've even succeeded. But maybe, like many of our fellow Catholics, you've failed and given up, coming to the conclusion that those who devote themselves to the Liturgy of the Hours are either insane or much less busy than you are. If this is where you are,... Read More

Pilgrimage of Faith & Christianity’s Unvanquished Hope

June 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, God's Love, Grace, Pilgrimage

I recently accompanied a group of pilgrims from the Tatra Mountains of Poland to Warsaw for the Year of Faith. Twenty years ago, the Pilgrim Pope came to celebrate World Youth Day in Denver and spent time in prayer in a retreat center, high up in the Rocky Mountains.  We decided that we would go to the mountains of [Saint] John Paul II to pray and to thank God for the graces of those days and for his witness to the faith, a witness... Read More

The Solidarity of Christian Prayer

June 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, God's Love, Love, Loving God, Prayer

Faith in Christ opens us to unconquerable ecclesial horizons even when love seems impossible and the world is falling apart around us. It is about the solidarity we have in Christ. The solidarity that compels us to pray in terms of “we” and “our” instead of remaining on the level of “I” and “mine.” The faith we have in Christ opens to a new solidarity, a new peace that the tired out... Read More

Does God have favorites?

June 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love

Dear Father John, this is a question that has been bothering me for quite a while. I heard that God has favorites. Admittedly that seems obvious enough in the Bible. But I can't imagine God loving some people more than others. At the same time, I can't help but have a twinge of jealousy when I hear how close other people are to Him. I wish my relationship with Him was just as close. What does it mean for God to have favorites?... Read More

The Novels That Changed My Life

June 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It I was raised to be a church-going boy. My formative years were spent as a Baptist where weekly doses of Gospel preaching and Bible teaching told me everything I needed to know about accepting Jesus into my heart. Yet, for all of the sermons and studies and Bible reading, it was a novel that made the Truth real to me: The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler. Unlike a lot of Protestants, I can’t pinpoint... Read More

I Had No Idea…

June 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

One of the things I didn’t expect when I became a Catholic was how my “conversion” would bring to light what people really thought of me. And, admittedly, I wasn’t happy with what I learned. On one occasion a close Protestant friend, whom I hadn’t seen in a long time, tossed out this anticipatory statement: “I’m looking forward to seeing you. I can’t wait to find out what you’ve decided you are this time.” I... Read More

How Does a Person Accept God’s Mercy?

Dear Father John, I am helping a woman in her spiritual growth (mainly through helping her come up with a program of life), and something came up that I wanted to ask you about. She has shared with me some of what she regrets, and some of what she is having a hard time forgiving herself for. Intellectually she knows that God forgives, but she hasn't accepted His mercy into her heart. I am guessing that this resistance is a manifestation... Read More

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