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Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus In 1899, Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Letter Annum sacrum directed that the whole world be consecrated to the Divine Heart of Jesus. This was done on the 11th of June that year. As St. John Paul II indicated on the 100th anniversary of this consecration, Pope Leo wished to “obtain ‘extraordinary benefits... 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

Mary, Mother of the Church

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Mary, Mother of the Church   Pope Francis very recently declared that a new obligatory memorial is to be celebrated in honor of our Blessed Mother under the title: Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae). Fittingly, this memorial will take place on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. The decree was signed on February 11th (the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) and released this past Saturday,... Read More

Praying the Rosary in a Renewed Way

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Throughout the centuries, there have been many variations of the Rosary as Christians adapted it to fit particular situations. In Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Saint John Paul II proposed a renewed way of praying the Rosary, but he did not insist that everyone should use this new way. Instead, he desired to revitalize the Rosary for a new generation. Keep in mind this wise saying of Saint Teresa: “Do... Read More

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent   God wants to help us deal with sin but He waits for us to come to Him, to invite Him, to welcome Him. Advent is a time for doing just that. Opening our hearts to the Lord with contrition-filled prayer is the most important thing we can do to prepare for the joy of Christmas. Not to do so is to prefer to live in self-contradiction, a cold dark... Read More

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

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” – EWTN Bookmark Show

November 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Connie Rossini, Dan Burke, Liz Estler, Prayer, Rosary, Videos

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” EWTN Bookmark Show Dan Burke Hello faithful readers! Today, we are pleased to present a terrific treat. We're going to eavesdrop on Doug Keck's EWTN Bookmark show interview of the prolific and peripatetic Dan Burke. This delightful episode is all about Dan's latest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila, which... 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

Help Young Men Thrive in Their Priestly Formation

Through God’s grace, the Avila Foundation has begun working with dioceses to prepare future priests for seminary! We have designed a powerful program, called The High Calling Program, in concert with recent requirements for a propaedeutic (preparatory) year established by the Holy See, which introduces future seminarians to formation regarding: Sacramental Participation with Emphasis on the Eucharist... 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

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