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The End for Which We Are Here and a Book Club Announcement

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The End for Which We Are Here The Lord (Week 23 of 23) A great white throne rises into view, and before the face of him who sits upon it “earth and heaven fled away” and there was no place found for them (Apoc. 20:11). It is the Judge. He summons the dead to life and judgment, and time comes to an end. The old passes; eternity is open. The new heaven and the new earth shine forth, and all that... Read More

Finding the Truth

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Finding the Truth The Lord (Week 22 of 23) It is a great mistake to believe that man can find truth in himself or in the things around him easily. It is not uncommon for someone particularly honored for his profundity and natural piety to suddenly break out with statements about God and Christ that are so false, so incomprehensibly distorted, that one is stricken by the heaven-shocking questionableness... Read More

How Does God Console?

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

How Does God Console? The Lord (Week 21 of 23) How does God console? Not by saying: Your trials are not really so terrible; they are terrible, and he sees them as terrible. Nor does God promise miraculous intervention. History has its time and its power, also history directed against God, and he does not cancel them. But over and above earthly reality, he gives us a glimpse of heavenly reality. Over... 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

Love of Neighbor in Jesus’ Life

October 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Love of Neighbor in Jesus' Life The Lord (Week 19 of 23)   The whole purpose of Jesus' life is to replace our human conceptions of God; not only the primitive, grotesque, but also the highest, purest, and most refined. These above all. Certainly, God is omnipresent, exalted over time and space; yet he also can come when it pleases him; can live among us, and when the hour has struck, can depart... 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

The Eucharist Is More than Words

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Eucharist Is More than Words The Lord (Week 17 of 23) For almost two thousand years men have prayed and probed and fought over the meaning of these words. They have become the sign of a community that is holier, more intimate than any other, but also occasion for the profoundest schism. Hence, when we ask what they mean, let us first be clear as to how they should be taken. There is only one... Read More

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

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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

How to Be Humble

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

How to Be Humble The Lord (Week 15 of 23) But can sin hinder the all-powerful will of love? Can't God fill men with such horror of sin that they fly to him in contrition and love? Who is to say what is possible and what not? No, there must be something else in God that the word love does not cover. It seems we must say, God is humble. But first let us clarify the word. We use it to describe someone... Read More

Beware of the Self-Help Genre

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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

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