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If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary

May 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary   Editor's Note: Today is the first memorial of “Mary, Mother of the Church” as prescribed by Pope Francis earlier this year. Dr. Peter Howard makes a strong case for doing what “Mary, Mother of the Church” told us to do at Fatima: Pray the Rosary! This is probably my tenth revision of this blog post. With it being the month... Read More

The Resurrection of Our Bodies

The Resurrection of our Bodies   Last summer I had the privilege of speaking at all of the family fests at The Apostolate for Family Consecration (AFC) in Bloomingdale, Ohio. For me and my family, it was experiencing a renaissance of an apostolate whose message to the world now has greater relevance than ever. As a speaker traveling much that summer both in the United States and even to the Philippines,... Read More

Rediscovering “Work” with Purpose

September 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Family Life, God's Will

Rediscovering “Work” with Purpose   Labor Day marks the end of the summer season for Americans as it represents a return to work and school for many. In particular, it is meant to serve as a tribute for the contributions and achievements of American workers. While the day is marked mostly by families having parties and barbecues in the more accommodating September weather, it should be a moment... Read More

A Declaration of Dependence

A Declaration of Dependence Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~ John Adams, 2nd President of the United States Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans! Recently, I spoke at a diocesan event in the heart of Fulton Sheen land, Peoria, Illinois. One of the talks was on Fulton Sheen’s Way to Happiness. At first hearing,... Read More

The Victory of Surrender – Part II of II

The Victory of Surrender Part II of II   Christianity is full of paradoxes: “If you want to find yourself, you have to lose yourself . . . . The last will be first and the first will be last . . . .The greatest of all is the servant of all. . . .” The most important victory we can “win” for ourselves and our families is when we truly surrender to the will of God. There isn’t enough... Read More

The Victory of Surrender – Part I of II

The Victory of Surrender Part I of II “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) No matter how noble our cause may be, how do we know if it’s really the Lord doing the building? This is a question that was painfully put to me recently. Last year, I heard in my heart a call to launch a new initiative called Heroic Families because there is no more... Read More

1917

May 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

 1917 1917 What do Russia, the rise of Communism, the fall of Communism, Islam and Catholicism share in common? Fatima, 1917. We will unpack these connections over the next few blog posts as we reflect on the revolutionary message of Fatima. When we look at the complex web of world events today, it can be too easy to get caught up in daily news reports that tirelessly remind us we are living in one... Read More

What is Your Why?

What is a dynamic Catholic? To me, these are folks who give all they have to God and neighbor in a way that is energetic, creative, and that yields an impact wherever they go. Peter Howard, the author of what follows, is a dynamic Catholic. As such, we have been blessed to have him teaching at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and now he is working to expand his public speaking. When I heard... Read More

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Memorial

Hail Holy Queen, Hail Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope! Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary   What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are an exaggerated expression of piety as they apply also to her Son, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our Redemption. However, God’s Redemption began not with an... Read More

St Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Saints and Blesseds

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends . . . This I command you, to love one another. (John 15:12-13, 17) These words of Christ come during his farewell discourse to His Apostles on Holy Thursday, immediately before He embraces... Read More