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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

Screwtape Letters Wk 1 of 7

June 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Screwtape Letters week 1 of 7 by C.S. Lewis Summer is here! The kids are out of school and family fun begins – it’s time for yardwork, reunions, family vacations and maybe even a few lazy days near the pool.   Given the craze of summer schedules, some of us might have less time and focused mental capacity for the likes of Dante or Scupoli; but that doesn’t mean we need to resort to beach reads and mindless magazines!... 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

Dan on EWTN Live with Fr Mitch Pacwa

June 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Videos

Fr Mitch Pacwa and “EWTN Live” host Dan Burke and Jeanette DeMelo Fr Mitch Pacwa and “EWTN Live” host Dan Burke and Jeanette DeMelo Fr Mitch Pacwa, S.J., is President and Founder of Ignatius Productions, a teaching apostolate.  He is a biritual priest, which means he can liturgy in both the Roman Catholic rite and another Catholic rite, which, for him, is the Maronite Catholic rite.  He has appeared... Read More

Broken? Stanza IX – Part I

June 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

Broken? But peace cannot be found this way, nor will lasting joy be had. Only temporary pleasures, self put first in a world gone mad. This is the stanza that took the longest to write, and it is also my favorite from the first half of the poem because of the last line. I see very clearly that we are losing touch with God, who IS reality, and putting ourselves in first place. After much laboring over the words for the last line…..... Read More

Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guides

Fire and Thorns A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Pope Benedict XVI called devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus “irreplaceably important.” Pope Pius XI called it “the very epitome of our religion.” Why is this devotion so central? And if it is, how are we supposed to tap into it and live it to the full? That’s what this month’s Retreat Guide, Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus... Read More

33 Days to Morning Glory Wk 7 of 7

June 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mary, Total Consecration, Vicki Burbach

33 Days to Morning Glory Week 7 of 7 After the Consecration… Because of the greatness of this gift, we should strive all the more to unite ourselves with Mary and aim to do everything through her, with her, and in her. At least out of gratitude, we should make it our aim to have an attitude of growing mindfulness of and dependence on her. Yet there should be more at work here than just trying to be grateful to Mary. For... Read More

How does Cloistering Serve God at the Highest Level?

June 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Cloister, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, my question is “How does cloistering serve God at the highest level?” Let me explain the origin of my question. In college, I was introduced for the first time to Hasidic Jews. My initial impression was that I found it odd that they isolated themselves so much from others in their pursuit of faith-purity. Couldn’t it be considered odd to say one is devoted to God, creator of humanity, and then to separate... Read More

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