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The Inn and the Stable

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Reading

Every artist has the feeling of being at home in his studio, every patriot at home in his own country, and every man at home in his house. One should therefore expect that the Creator would be at home in His own creation, and that God would be at home in the world He had made. And yet the most startling fact of human history is that when God came to earth, He was homeless at home. “He came unto His own, and His own received... Read More

The Saints on Purgatory

in purgatory

[Judas Maccabeus] took up a collection . . . to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. – 2 Maccabees 12:43-44 When loved ones die, many people experience, in addition to grief and loneliness, a concern over the... Read More

Solutions from the Saints

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under All Saints, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Reading

It can safely be said that Christians today — faced by a society that constantly works to undermine or discredit their moral values and beliefs — have more than enough moral problems and life challenges, but far too few spiritual role models. We are more technically knowledgeable and proficient than ever before, but perhaps less aware of life’s central issues, and more confused and uncertain in our response to them than... Read More

Our Mother of Sorrow and Love

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Mary, Spiritual Reading

Our Mother of Sorrow and Love

Love gives new life to the heart. By its nature, the heart lives for itself; when it is struck by love, it begins a new life for the one it loves. So the Blessed Virgin lived by the strength of her love. Her condition was one of mortal sorrow, a crucifying sorrow, and, amid this sorrow, she lived by love. She always kept before her eyes Jesus Christ crucified. For the efficacy of faith is such that, if St. Paul was able to say... Read More

Update on “How to Read Your Way to Heaven”

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Liz Estler, Spiritual Reading, Vicki Burbach

Dear Friends, If you read my post in December about Vicki Burbach's exciting new book “How to Read Your Way to Heaven”, we have an update for you.  Vicki's book has drawn quite a lot of interest from our readers and many others across the internet and among book sellers. It has become available a week earlier than the scheduled publication date and can be purchased now by clicking here, or from the links in the post... Read More

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind?

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind? Dear Father John, I notice that, as I've grown spiritually, I don't read the same things that I used to do because for one, they don't seem as interesting, and two, they don't seem to nourish me spiritually.  How should I spiritually feed my mind? IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN culture, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual atmosphere that surrounds our daily activities contains anti-Christian values.... Read More

Spiritual Reading, Better Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Days 13 & 14

Spiritual Reading, Better Prayer Life 30 Days w/Teresa of Avila Days 13 & 14   Follow the example of St. Teresa of Avila. Today's show focuses on overcoming faults with spiritual direction and improving prayer life with spiritual reading. Listen to a discussion of the letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is “false humility”? How do we... Read More

Spiritual Direction is NOT Spiritual Reading

Spiritual Direction is NOT Spiritual Reading   Spiritual reading is the practice of quietly reading and reflecting on a text that can help us better understand how to love God and others. Though this is most definitely an important practice it is not the same or even a good replacement for spiritual direction because it lacks the third most important element (besides you and the Holy Spirit)… a person who, in this... Read More

Who are the Doctors of the Church and why should I care?

Dear Dan, I am a convert and a mom. I have recently decided that my faith needed deepening and have begun to delve deeper into it through prayer, confession, reading, talking to my priest etc. He told me about your site and today I came across an article you answered on spiritual development. You said, “Otherwise, if you want a fool proof way to stay within the sublime wealth and spiritual tradition of the Church, stick with... Read More

Should I Read Non-Catholic Devotional or Bible Study Materials?

Dear Dan, should I read or use non-Catholic devotional or bible study materials? This is a very important question. There are other cousin questions that follow the same line of concern. “Should I attend non-Catholic bible studies?” “Should I read protestant commentaries on scripture?” Before I answer this I must make one thing abundantly clear. An Important Disclaimer I am in no way anti-protestant or anti-anyone for... Read More

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