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Transformation in Christ

Transformation in Christ   “The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it…Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love.” ­–  Catechism of the Catholic... Read More

Why Human Suffering?

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Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion, and Human Suffering   One of the beautiful things about the Catholic Church is its willingness to ask tough questions in pursuit of the truth. Popes, theologians, and saints have never been afraid to ask the hard questions about human suffering. The tradition of the Church is full of people pursuing answers to the hardest questions about the meaning of life,... Read More

Mary and the New Times of Noah

October 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Rosary, Total Consecration

Mary and the New Times of Noah * * First, this is a longer than normal post (although I admit, my posts are on the longer side), but this message is so important that it warrants an extra few minutes of your time and hours of your reflection! Every October 13, the world is reminded of the great Marian revolution that has been taking place in the world since 1917. Now we are approaching the 100 year... Read More

The Gift of Redemptive Suffering

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Suffering, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 26 of 27) After the Ascension these scars would become as oratorical mouths of intercession before the Heavenly Father; scars that He would bear on the last day to judge the living and the dead. In an old legend it is said that Satan appeared to a saint and said: “I am the Christ”; the saint confounded him by asking: “Where are the marks of nails?” – Life of Christ... Read More

Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move – Jubilee Year of Mercy!

Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move! Jubilee Year of Mercy   For several weeks, I have been pondering an unusual little phrase that I came across in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [Evangelii Gaudium]. The words just jumped off the page. He writes, “Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne... Read More

Polish History and Divine Mercy and Fun Reading, Oh My!

February 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 3 of 8) How do Polish history and Divine Mercy tie in with fun reading? Well, I never thought I'd find it, but if anyone can pull it off, it's Fr. Gaitley. Given that I have complained and bemoaned nearly every book I've read here, probably to the detriment of everyone who reads along with us (please forgive me, dear patient readers!), I want to say this:... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part IV of IV)

Keeping Faith Alive During Life's Dark Nights (Part IV of IV) Editor's Note:  In Part I, we saw how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God. In Part II, we considered the general patterns of growth which we experience. In Part III, we began our exploration of how to keep faith alive during our lives' dark... 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

Finding the Splendor of Mercy in the Shadow of Humdrum Days

April 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Divine Mercy, Easter

“Oh humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye.” (Saint Faustina Kowalska, Diary, #1373) Saint Faustina Kowalska wrote these words in 1937 at the brink of falling into a very serious illness from which she would never recover.  She could not have known that this experience of darkness was only the beginning of many difficult days for herself, her... Read More

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