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Called and Chosen: A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Vocations

Called and Chosen: A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew Editor's Note: Tomorrow is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. We can prepare for that by watching Fr. John Bartunek's retreat guide on vocation and the calling of St. Matthew, introduced to us in this post today. This guide is available as a video, audio, or as a PDF companion guide. Many people nowadays talk about a shortage of priests... Read More

Jesus Chose Mary for Himself

September 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Saints and Blesseds

Jesus Chose Mary for Himself  If there is nothing more touching in the Gospel than the way God treats his reconciled enemies — that is, converted sinners. He is not content to wipe away the stain of their sins. It is easy for his infinite goodness to prevent our sins from hurting us; he also wants them to profit us. He bring forth so much good from them that we are constrained to bless our faults and to cry out with the Church,... Read More

Praise for A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness

September 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Books, Drafts, Mindfulness, Prayer

The work of author Susan Brinkmann to inform faithful Catholics about mindfulness has received an enthusiastic endorsement from a spiritual leader at EWTN. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular but dangerous Eastern meditative practice which is contrary to authentic Christian spirituality. Fr. Paschal Mary, MFVA is Vocation Director for the Missionaries of the Eternal Word and Administrator of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament... Read More

The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa

September 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Saints, Saints and Blesseds

The Early Visions of St. Mother Theresa After Mother Teresa died, officials preparing her sainthood cause discovered a small cache of letters written to her spiritual directors and superiors during her early years. She had long ago destroyed her notes and diaries from this period and had asked others to dispose of letters she had sent to them. “I want the work to remain only his,” she told them. “When the beginning will... Read More

Mary’s Faith – Sophia Institute Press Book Excerpt

August 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Mary's Faith Such trials God prepares for holy souls! When Joseph thought himself obliged to abandon as faithless the one whom he had chosen as the purest of virgins, he was about to do what would be fatal both to the mother’s purity and the child’s life. He could not be unaware that the Blessed Virgin was with child, and what could he think but that it had come about naturally? For it would not have occurred to any man to... Read More

Mary’s Innocence is the Help of Sinners

August 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

innocence

Mary's Innocence is the Help of Sinners  There is nothing more touching in the Gospel than the way God treats his reconciled enemies — that is, converted sinners. He is not content to wipe away the stain of their sins. It is easy for his infinite goodness to prevent our sins from hurting us; he also wants them to profit us. He bring forth so much good from them that we are constrained to bless our faults and to cry out with... Read More

Edith Stein’s Journey to Sainthood

August 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Edith

Edith Stein's Journey to Sainthood At the end of her life, Edith Stein considered herself one of the countless “hidden souls” who are part of the invisible Church and who regularly remain hidden from the whole world. She was a contemplative nun, a member of the Discalced Carmelite Order. Yet, as Edith herself pointed out, throughout the history of humankind the visible Church has grown out of this invisible one. In the Old... Read More

Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion

August 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Communion

Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion God desired to nourish our spirit, so He gave it His Bread, the Eucharist, announced by Holy Scripture: “He will feed them with the Bread of life and understanding.” Now, there are no greater joys on earth than the joys of the spirit. Contentment of heart is less lasting because it is based on feeling, and feeling is apt to be inconstant. True joy is of the spirit and consists in the quiet... Read More

This Scandal is the Last Straw — Why Stay in the Catholic Church?

July 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Church, Dan Burke, Scandal, Videos, Walking With Dan

?? I think the video speaks for itself but a few areas of emphasis are in order: If you can't stomach the news and remain in peace, don't consume it. Be sure to replace your news consumption with EWTN spiritual sustenance, spiritual reading, SpiritualDirection.com content, etc. Beyond that, please pray and fast for holy resolution to these challenges. If you can stomach the news, please spread the word, but spend more time praying... Read More

A Clarion Call to the Ministry of Intercession

July 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Warfare

intercession

A Clarion Call to the Ministry of Intercession  The Ministry of Intercession “Ministry” is the English translation of the Latin word ministerium, which means “service.” In its sociological usage, it is applied to institutions or establishments that give aid and services to people. Its Christian understanding is defined by the manner in which Jesus exercised His mission among men: He “came not to be served but to serve,... Read More

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