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Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Hidden Saint

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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

Holiness Takes More than Inspiration

July 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Holiness

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are blessed to introduce Connie Rossini to you.  She is a homeschooling mom whose blog “Contemplative Homeschool” is full of musings on Carmelite spirituality and raising contemplative kids.  I think you’ll find her writing a refreshing addition to our site here.  Please welcome her warmly. I’ve been pondering lately why I am still working... Read More

Social Media and Our Thirst for Knowledge

July 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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

How do I get Rid of my “inner ugliness?”

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Pride

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Dear Father John, I have been struggling with some interior trials with forgiveness, resentment and jealousy. I call this “inner ugliness.” I have been praying fervently, going to confession, and receiving excellent spiritual direction. I have been willing myself to be charitable even when I am not feeling it. So here is my question. What am I missing, why do I still feel “inner ugly”?... Read More

Home Improvement and the Quest for Peace

June 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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.  –... Read More

The Absence of Shame

May 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 6 of 16) The shame and dishonor of sin form another torment for the wicked.  It is natural for man to desire esteem, but who can honor the sinner? – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 16, Paragraph 6) These days, rather than being shamed, sin is celebrated in brash fashion on a daily basis.  We pay homage to it via art, music, movies, television, the internet and... Read More

Heaven is for Real – The Witness of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II

April 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 4 of 16) If your heart craves joy, raise it to the contemplation of that Good which contains in Itself all joys.  If you are in love with this created life, consider the eternal life which awaits you above.  If the beauty of creatures attracts you, live that you may one day possess the Source of all beauty, in whom are life, and strength, and glory, and immortality,... Read More

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