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Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage

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Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage When we say I do we should also say, I won’t—I won’t use my words to hurt my spouse. Infidelity, addictions, and other major destructive behaviors can inflict mortal wounds on a marriage.  But perhaps the greatest sources of damage on relationships are the seemingly less harmful ones, particularly the cuts to the heart made through unkind speech. Sharp... Read More

The Life of Love

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Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said—and with greater reason—of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life of love, of love which... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 4 of 5

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Dan Burke, President and Founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction and the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and author of Navigating the Interior Life, recently joined Johnnette Benkovic on Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You to share his story of conversion and how you too could achieve spiritual growth through the purgative, illuminative and unitive ways. In... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 9)

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton yesterday, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 9. Dr. Lilles on Priesthood and Solidarity in a Rock Quarry from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new... Read More

Celebrating John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 8)

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating the canonization of John Paul II today, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 8. Dr. Lilles on The Plays of Karol Wojtyla from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain... Read More

The Proof of Love

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Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, make me understand that the Cross is the greatest proof of love. MEDITATION After the Incarnation, the Cross of Jesus is the greatest proof of His love for man. Similarly, mortification, which is suffering eagerly accepted for the love of God, is one of the greatest proofs of love that we can give Him. It means freely giving up a satisfaction or a pleasure in... Read More

Does God Hate the Demons?

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea

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Q.  Father Fortea, does God hate the demons? A.  No. God, being perfect, is Love itself. The created world is God’s act of love, and as part of His creation, demons remain essentially good and loved by God. It is true, though, that God hates sin because it harms the perfection of His creation. Sin ultimately leads to the condemnation of those who remain unrepentant, but this does not mean God hates... Read More

Envy: The No Win Sin (Part I of II)

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Let’s play the “What if…” game. What if you just lost your job while your co-worker received a promotion and a big raise?  Would you be happy for him? What if a parent that was often critical of your children, found out that her child was just caught for cheating?  Would you feel the slightest bit of satisfaction? What if your child dropped out of school while a friend’s child was just... Read More

Finding Time for God

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 4 of 14) Do not children as they hearken to their mother, and, lisping, imitate her, gradually learn to speak her language? And so if we remain close to the Savior, meditating upon Him, and giving heed to His words, His actions, and His affections, we shall gradually, by the help of His grace, learn to speak, to act and will like Him. There we must stop, for,... Read More

Is My Prayer Good Enough?

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Prayer

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Dear Sisters, my prayer experiences don’t seem good enough or holy enough, long enough or intense enough. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can pray better? Dear Friend, yes, I do have a few suggestions. That’s easy… First of all, I suggest not using the expression “prayer experiences” at all. Hit the delete button on that one. A lot of people tend to speak about their prayer experiences.... Read More

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