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Examination of Conscience and Repentance – Part 9 Mini-Course on Prayer

August 2, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 9 “FATHER E “- Examination of Conscience Examination of Conscience and Repentance   Editor's Note: In Part 8 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters T (thanksgiving) and H (Holy Communion) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront of our lives. Today, he will... Read More

From Atheism to Catholicism

How does an atheist come to believe in God? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Holly Ordway about her contribution to the book From Atheism to Catholicism to find out what drew her to the Catholic Church. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What did Dr. Ordway's childhood look like in terms of the practice of Christianity? What influence did The Chronicles of Narnia and The... Read More

Return to Me

Return to Me* Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor... Read More

Conversion

Conversion   Presence of God – O Lord, You have created me for Yourself; grant that, with all my strength, I may tend toward You, my last end. MEDITATION In…Ezekiel 34:11-16, we read: “For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I Myself will seek My sheep, and will visit them … and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day…. I... Read More

The Light of Faith: How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Light of Faith – How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew   Seeds of the Word (Week 7 of 11) In “New” atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as a pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc. Time and time again, the late Christopher Hitchens,... Read More

A Frame of Mercy

Editor's Note: Today we introduce Jo Flemings to you as a writer on our site.  Please welcome her warmly and make her feel at home. A Frame of Mercy   I work part-time. I am a nanny, personal assistant, specialty chef, and girl-Friday for a young mother in an affluent neighborhood in my town. I love my boss, her family, and my job. When I started in this position a couple of years ago, I was... Read More

Happy Father’s Day to Our Father in Heaven

June 19, 2016 by  
Filed under God, Liz Estler, Prayer

Happy Father's Day to Our Father in Heaven Happy Father's Day to All Fathers, Including Our Father in Heaven!   As we celebrate Father's Day today in the United States, we include Our Father in heaven and we honor and thank Him for all He has done for us in sending Christ to show us the Father, His mercy and His love. Jesus taught His disciples the “Our Father” prayer when they asked... Read More

Fasting is Not a Diet

February 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Fasting, Lent, Patti Armstrong

Fasting is not a Diet   What is the difference between a religious fast and a diet? Dieting is about your body and health. Fasting is about your soul, God, and answers to prayer. Both are good; one is infinitely superior. With a diet, incentives are many. Fitting into a smaller size is the Holy Grail of fashion and appearance. Feeling and looking good is the reward that gets us through a rumbling... Read More

Be Genuine — Great Lenten Metanoia Project!

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

BE GENUINE Great Lenten Metanoia Project! [Recently] I received a phone call from a friend who wanted to talk about the nature of repentance. It was a life-giving conversation. Last night, I received a phone call from someone, unrelated to the call the night before, who wanted to talk about, well — repentance. Clearly, people are interested in this all important word that is essential to our... Read More

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