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When it Comes to Prayer, Perseverance is the Key to Success

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Dan Burke, Vicki Burbach

Perseverance in Prayer Into the Deep (Week 2 of 4) Without prayer we will inevitably drift from the sacraments and become mired in sin and narcissism; we will be distracted from the most important things in life and our ability to hear and respond to God will become dulled. – Into the Deep (Introduction, Paragraph 12) Over the years I've read dozens of book on Catholic spirituality. Maybe... Read More

Vicki Burbach on EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa

Vicki Burbach on “EWTN Live” with Fr Mitch Pacwa The Full Interview On the “EWTN Live” show, Fr. Mitch Pacwa interviews Book Club's own Vicki Burbach about her life, her conversion to Catholicism, raising and homeschooling her six children, and her book How to Read Your Way to Heaven. Vicki talks about how Christian classmates impacted her when they stood... Read More

A Constellation of Saints

There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky… The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up at the stars. I learned to recognize one constellation from another and once in a while view an eclipse... Read More

Heaven is for Real – Witness of Sts John XXIII & John Paul II

April 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Sinner's Guide (Week 4 of 16) If your heart craves joy, raise it to the contemplation of that Good which contains in Itself all joys. If you are in love with this created life, consider the eternal life which awaits you above. If the beauty of creatures attracts you, live that you may one day possess the Source of all beauty, in whom are life, and strength, and glory, and immortality, and the... Read More

Climbing the Mountain of Christian Perfection

February 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 12 of 14) But as you gaze upon the steep mountain of Christian perfection: “Alas!” you exclaim, “how shall I ever ascend it?” Be of good cheer; when the young bees begin to take their form they are called nymphs, and are unable to fly to the neighboring flowers or hills and valleys in search of honey, but by degrees, being fed with the honey provided... Read More

Holiness – Do You Will It?

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Holiness – Do You Will It? The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 11 of 12)   In the Morning: Whenever I can, I will go to Mass and Holy Communion. I will communicate at least spiritually when, owing to illness or circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to go out. Meditation on my new resolution. Preparation for death. Read a chapter of the Imitation. In the Afternoon: Examination... Read More

Journal of a Soul Wk 9 of 12

November 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Prayer and Fasting on Election Day Journal of a Soul Week 9 No matter how much events seem to be working against the good of the Church I must preserve a perfect tranquility, which however will not dispense me from grieving and from imploring that ‘thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven’. I must beware of the audacity of those who, with unseeing minds led astray by secret pride, presume... Read More

Mortification: A Bad Word?

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Mortification – A Bad Word? As much mortification as possible, especially of the tongue. I must always be ready to humble myself, especially when things go badly. Bodily mortifications are to be few but constant, and without excessive obligation. I will give up salt altogether; I will never eat fruit in the evening, and never drink more than one glass of wine. As a general rule, I will always... Read More

Satan’s Lies

September 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Satan's Lies (Journal of a Soul) Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? I am nothing. Everything I possess, my being, life, understanding, will and memory – all were given me by God, so all belong to Him. Twenty short years ago all that I see around me was already here; the same sun, moon and stars, the same mountains, seas, deserts, beasts, plants and men; everything was proceeding... Read More

Journal of a Soul St John XXIII

September 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII The following paragraphs are copied from the back of the book (Doubleday): No other pope of this century has aroused so much interest and universal affection throughout the world as has Pope John XXIII. Journal of a Soul is an inspiring reading experience that records this pope’s thoughts and traces his spiritual development from adolescence... Read More