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St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone — Book Review

June 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Doctor of the Church, Knowing God, Nancy HC Ward

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone by Dave Palmer Book Review by Nancy Ward   “St. Thomas is the greatest doctor of the Church,” author Dave Palmer said, “and I assert that children can be taught his basic philosophy, as I do with my 11- and 7-year olds.” Let’s Go Find God is the enticing teaser of Volume I. The full title of the series tells it all: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, 30 Quick and Fun Lessons, Activities... Read More

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Actions speak louder than words   Editor's Note: For so many of us, St Anthony of Padua who was born in Lisbon, Portugal towards the end of the 12th century, is the go-to saint for finding lost things or people. He was initially an Augustinian, but spent most of his monastic life as a Franciscan, making his way to Italy where he was an itinerant preacher, or mendicant, on fire for the Gospel.  His actions did, indeed, speak... Read More

The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World

June 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Doctor of the Church, God's Will, Prayer, Prayers

The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World* Optional Memorial of Saint Ephrem Doctor of the Church   Lord, shed upon our darkened souls the brilliant light of your wisdom so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. Sunrise marks the hour for men to begin their toil, but in our souls, Lord, prepare a dwelling for the day that will never end. Grant that we may come to know the risen... Read More

Do You Ever Get a Busy Signal When You Call God?

September 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Augustine, Book Club, Doctor of the Church, Sarah Reinhard

Author's note: It's Fr. Hilton's birthday! The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 15 of 15)   Do You Ever Get a Busy Signal when You Call God? I'd like to tell you I read this chapter twice, gleaning wisdom and insight. I'd love to be bursting with questions about this that would spur discussion and intellectual stimulation. I'd prefer to be sipping a cool drink and gently pointing out the hidden gems Augustine has laid... Read More

Let Them Bark as Much as They Wish, for My Heart Looks to Jerusalem

August 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Augustine, Book Club, Doctor of the Church, Vicki Burbach

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 13 of 15) For those who deny these things, let them bark as much as they wish, make only a din for themselves.  I will attempt to persuade them, so that they may become quiet and leave open a way into themselves for your Word.  But if they refuse and repel me, I beseech you, my God, “do not be silent to me.”  Speak in my heart, with truth, for you alone speak thus.  I will leave... Read More

Circumcise My Lips & Pass the Coffee

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 12 of 15) We're far enough in Confessions now that I can say a few things with confidence. 1. I'm glad I read it. 2. Augustine might just be the kind of saint I could hang out with…because he was truly human (and also much smarter than me, but that's a different conversation). Now, with that said, this week's reading was some that I didn't highlight very much. There were, in fact,... Read More

Confessions Book Club Postponed One Week

August 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Augustine, Book Club, Doctor of the Church, Vicki Burbach

Book Club Postponed Dear Readers, Book Club Postponed!  Due to unforeseen health issues, Sarah will lead a discussion on Week 12 of The Confessions of Saint Augustine next Tuesday, August 18, which will extend the discussion of this book by one week.  Below is the updated remainder of our current book schedule: Week 12     8/18 Week 13     8/25 Week 14     9/1 Week 15      9/8 Prayers for Sarah and her family would... Read More

Ode to Cecil: Truth is Like a Lion

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 11 of 15) Why is it, then, that “truth begets hatred?”  Why is your man who preaches truth to men become an enemy in their eyes, even though there is love for the happy life, which is naught else but joy in the truth?  Can such things be except because truth is loved in such wise that men who love some other object want what they love to be the truth, and because they do not want to... Read More

Augustine on the Power of Christian Brotherhood

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 10 of 15) In today's reading, we get a taste of Augustine's philosophical bent. I didn't dig out my husband's philosophy book from a few years back when he was working on his undergrad degree, but I'll bet the excerpts in it were from this section. I used to like this sort of thing. It's deep thinking. It takes mind muscle. But, to be honest, I found myself struggling along for quite a bit.... Read More

Will Anyone Pray for You when You Die?

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 9 of 15) “Put this body away anywhere.  Don’t let care about it disturb you.  I ask only this of you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord, wherever you may be.”  – Saint Monica, speaking to Saint Augustine about her death; The Confessions of Saint Augustine (Book 9: The New Catholic, Chapter 11: The Death of St. Monica) This past weekend, we packed everyone up and... Read More

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