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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

Doctor of the Church – Spiritual Dictionary

November 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Doctor of the Church, Spiritual Dictionary

Doctor of the Church DOCTOR of the CHURCH: A title given since the Middle Ages to certain saints whose writing or preaching is outstanding for guiding the faithful in all periods of the Church’s history. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here. We have an excellent post on our site... Read More

St Therese of the Child Jesus Memorial, Virgin & Doctor of Church

“Those who concentrate on the life and doctrine of this child of Carmel who died at the age of twenty-four are seized with wonder and admiration. They discover, in fact, that her contribution to spirituality is as original as it is profoundly traditional. They also discover that hidden under the Gospel-like simplicity of her message of ‘the little way of childhood’ is a spiritual structure both strong and perfectly balanced... Read More

Isolation & Loneliness, Above All In Spiritual Life: How To Deal?

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa, I am committed to developing my prayer life and life of virtue but I am feeling isolated, lonely, and I am struggling. What should I do? A great evil it is for a soul to be alone in the midst of so many dangers. It seems to me that if I should have had someone to talk with (through my spiritual struggles) it would have helped me… For this reason, I would counsel those who practice prayer to seek, at least at the... Read More