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Catholic Spiritual Direction

About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages three to fifteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the CSD book club so she could embark with likeminded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. In addition to moderating the book club and managing family activities, Vicki also cooks, does laundry, cleans, does laundry, and, every once in a while, finds time to write and speak on topics such as marriage and spiritual reading - of course, these endeavors take place only between her many loads of laundry.

Important Book Club Announcement

November 11, 2014 by  
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  Dear Friends, I know many of you were looking forward to beginning a new book today: The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper. After laying out a schedule and realizing that we would need to break the book into several chunks with scheduled two-week breaks for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ve decided that the book club would be better served if we wait until after the holidays to begin. So... Read More

Lord, I offer You everything…Except X

October 28, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 9 of 10) If you have truly abandoned yourself to God’s will, you will not be anxious about the bread of the body.  In these hours of prayer you are dealing with more important matters.  There will be enough time to work and earn your daily bread.  Try not to let your thoughts dwell on this.  Work with your body, for you must support yourselves.  But let your soul... Read More

The Little Heaven of My Soul

October 14, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 7 of 10) Those who are able to shut themselves up in this little Heaven of the soul, wherein the Maker of Heaven and earth dwells, and who have formed the habit of looking at nothing and staying in no place that distracts the senses, may be sure that they are walking on an excellent road.  They will not fail to drink of the water of the fountain, for they will travel... Read More

5 Reasons “If Only” & “I Wish” Should Be Banned From English

September 30, 2014 by  
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  The Way of Perfection (Week 5 of 10) The Lord knows everyone as she really is and gives each one her work to do, according to what He sees to be most appropriate for her soul, for His own Self, and for her neighbor’s good.   - The Way of Perfection (Chapter 18, Paragraph 3) It is very possible that the phrases If Only, and his evil twin, “I Wish” are the most debilitating and poisonous... Read More

Family and the Vice-Filled Path to Holiness

September 16, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 3 of 10) Commend to God often any friend who is at fault and strive on your own part to practice with perfection the virtue that is opposite of her fault.  Make determined efforts to do this so that you may teach by actions what your friends could never learn by words nor gain through suffering.  The habit of performing some conspicuously virtuous action through seeing... Read More

Our Next Book: The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila

September 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Spiritual Masters, Teresa of Avila, Vicki Burbach

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  The Way of Perfection (Week 1 of 10) I have been apprehensive about reading this book for years, as I’ve heard so much about the spirituality of Saint Teresa of Avila.  And The Way of “Perfection?”  I admit, I was a little intimidated.  But a year ago when I read Colleen Carroll Campbell’s book, My Sisters, the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, wherein she described Saint Teresa as a... Read More

Twelve-Step Program for Controlling Mothers

August 19, 2014 by  
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The King of the Golden City (Week 4 of 5) “….Some of those books belong to him.  He helped the men and women who wrote them, and he is putting his mark into them.  They will do his work, and he will be near by when boys and girls take them up to get amusement out of them.” - Prince Guardian to Dilecta, The King of the Golden City (Chapter 12, Paragraph 5) When my kids were young, I kept... Read More

A Hidden Saint

August 5, 2014 by  
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The King of the Golden City (Week 2 of 5) There was certainly a great deal in her that he could not love.  He saw that she was willful and changeable, and that she loved him more for the presents he gave her, and for those he promised her, than for himself.  But he saw, too, something which no one else could see, something beautiful and lovable that she would become if she would fight against the... Read More

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Virtue

July 22, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 16 of 16) If the faithful all practiced the same virtues, how could they be called a body, which necessarily consists of different members? – The Sinner’s Guide, (Chapter 46, Paragraph 9) Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Virtue When my husband and I first met, he put on a good show, in attempt to “woo” me.  But early in our relationship, he said... Read More

Social Media and Our Thirst for Knowledge

July 8, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 14 of 16) Christians should guard with special care, particularly the eyes, which, in the language of Holy Scripture, are the windows through which death enters to rob us of life… …We should protect our ears not only from evil words, but from frivolous conversations, worldly gossip, and idle discourses. – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 40, Section 4,... Read More