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Our Next Book: The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Featured, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 1 of 16) Today, five weeks into Lent, we continue the process of purifying our souls and turning our hearts and minds back to God, that we may better enjoy the springtime of Easter in the coming season.  I’ve no doubt The Sinner’s Guide will prove an essential resource during this time.  Yes, we’ll continue our exploration of The Sinner’s... Read More

A New and Personal Pentecost of Heart (Part IV of IV)

February 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  In our third discussion, we explored the charisms of the Holy Spirit.  Today, we will talk about a new and personal “Pentecost of the Heart”. Have you ever experienced living “in... Read More

Penance – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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PENANCE: The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one’s own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed, either by oneself or by others. And finally the sacrament of penance, where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s... Read More

Saint Angela of Foligno and the Enlightenment of Penance

October 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Penance/Confession

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Even though she died in 1309, Saint Angela of Foligno helps us appreciate the enlightenment that can come from a life of penance.  It was a time not unlike our own. Epicureanism was destroying society even as great saints attempted to help their contemporaries see that there is so much more than the short term pleasures of the here and now.  Saint Angela started out more on the Epicurean side of... Read More

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?

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While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing,” he said during a retreat presentation and added, “The hurt is not gone, it is just buried deep within.” Since forgetting... Read More

Pope Francis and the Pathway to Easter

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Pope Francis was just elected and we look forward to his message to the Universal Church in the coming days.  He is a man of deep prayer and a man of profound concern for the poor.  At the beginning of Lent, he made an impassioned plea to the clergy and religious of Argentina, “The Kingdom of God may need our hearts torn by the desire for conversion and for the love, the breaking forth of grace... Read More

CSD Book Club – Imitation of Christ (Week 9 of 10)

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

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Woe to you… Examine your conscience with great care, and cleanse and purify it as best you can by true contrition and a humble confession. Thus, nothing grievous will remain in you and you will know of nothing that could cause you remorse and hinder your free access to Me. In general, be sorry for all your sins, but in particular, you must grieve and bewail those offenses you commit every day.... Read More

Video – Help me understand confession

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Fr. John and Dan talk about how to better understand confession. About Marta GoodwinMail | More Posts (37)  Read More →

CSD Book Club – Journal of a Soul

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Mortification – A Bad Word? As much mortification as possible, especially of the tongue. I must always be ready to humble myself, especially when things go badly. Bodily mortifications are to be few but constant, and without excessive obligation. I will give up salt altogether; I will never eat fruit in the evening, and never drink more than one glass of wine. As a general rule, I will always... Read More

CSD Book Club – Spiritual Combat Conclusion – Introducing Trustful Surrender

August 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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It occurred to me that I actually had two posts to put together for today – one to sum up the book we’re reading and one to introduce our new book. That could make for a lot to read in one day, so I made two decisions: 1. Put together one post with two parts – each one short and sweet. 2. Leave an extra week at the end of future books so we can take some time to digest our current book... Read More

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