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The Sign of the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the meaning and significance behind making the sign of the cross. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What three events happen during the liturgy? How do we understand the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? What does it mean to make the sign of the cross? How can the faithful... Read More

Fatima – A Message that Will Last Another 100 Years

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Fatima – A Message that Will Last Another 100 Years The Lord (Week 20 of 23) Prophet after prophet is sent by God to help his people understand his sacred history; to take the plunge into faith and life in accordance with the divine contract, in order that for the faith thus dared they may be blessed with a national fulfillment far beyond their natural capacities as a tiny people surrounded... Read More

Family – Training Ground for the Mystical Body of Christ

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Lord (Week 18 of 23) After Jesus’ return to the Father, the Holy Spirit made room in men’s hearts for the transfigured Lord. Now he is in us and we in him — again in the Holy Spirit. Through grace we participate in Christ’s loving relationship with the Father. Through Christ we know the Father and are known by him; we are containers and reflectors of his light and truth.  Only thus are... Read More

When You Look in the Mirror, Which Apostle(s) Do You See?

October 3, 2017 by  
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When You Look in the Mirror, Which Apostle(s) do You See? The Lord (Week 16 of 23) Judas must have come to Jesus with the genuine desire to believe and follow him, otherwise, Jesus would not have accepted him. At least, we find nothing of distrust or resistance on the Lord’s part — and still less of any thought of the ‘necessity’ of receiving his traitor along with his other intimates. Therefore... Read More

Beware of the Self-Help Genre

September 19, 2017 by  
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Beware of the Self-Help Genre The Lord (Week 14 of 23) We can participate in the beginning which is he only by becoming one with his will. When we feel this we draw back, startled, for it means the cross. Then it is better to say honestly: “I can’t, yet,” than to mouth pious phrases. Slow there, with the large words “self-surrender” and “sacrifice”! It is better to admit our weakness... Read More

How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith

September 5, 2017 by  
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How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith The Lord (Week 12 of 23) What immeasurable assurance it would be to catch his eye and feel his power surge through us, to know with every cell of our being who he is? Why isn’t this granted us? We must know. — The Lord (Part 4, Chapter VI, Paragraph 12) Isn’t this the dream of each and every one of us? To KNOW? That is, to know... Read More

Hatred – The Most Blinding Force of All

August 22, 2017 by  
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Hatred – The Most Blinding Force of All The Lord (Week 10 of 23) To see another human being as he really is means to lay ourselves open to his influence. Thus when fear or dislike moves us to avoid him, this reaction is already evident in our gaze; the eye characterizes him, stifling the good, heightening the bad. We discern his intentions, make swift comparisons, and leap to conclusions.... Read More

The Never-Ending Process of Spiritual Growth

August 8, 2017 by  
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The Process of Spiritual Growth The Lord (Week 8 of 23) He who had lived in darkness was suddenly flooded with light that, pouring in through his eyes, dazzlingly illuminated everything within him. Then Jesus taught him to adjust himself to the new brightness both within and without: to perceive in the natural light also that other, holy light which contact with the light of the world had kindled.... Read More

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