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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.

Five Reasons “IF ONLY” and “I WISH” Should Be Banned From the English Language

September 30, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 5 of 9) 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 9) 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

Announcing our Next Book: The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila

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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

Home Improvement and the Quest for Peace

June 24, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 12 of 16)  In its pursuit of worldly possessions your poor heart fruitlessly exhausts itself, for it will never find content.  It drinks deeply at the fountains of pleasure, yet its thirst is never appeased.  Its enjoyment of the possessions it has already acquired is destroyed by an insatiable thirst for more. - The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 31, Paragraph 7) Several... Read More

Flannery O’Connor and the Horror of Sin

June 17, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 11 of 16) Take a lesson from the carpenter, who, when he wishes to drive a large nail, is not satisfied with giving it a few strokes, but continues hammering until he is sure it is firmly fastened. You must imitate him, if you would firmly implant this resolution in your soul.  Be not satisfied with renewing it from time to time, but daily take advantage of all the... Read More

Where Suffering Meets Sacrifice

May 27, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 8 of 16) The just, knowing that God is their Father and the Physician of their souls, submissively and generously accept as the cure for their infirmities the bitter chalice of suffering.  They look on tribulation as a file in the hands of their Maker to remove the rust of sin from their souls, and to restore them to their original purity and brightness.  - The Sinner’s... Read More