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Sayings of Light and Love #15

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Deny your desires and you will find what your heart longs for. For how do you know if any desire of yours is according to God? Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the... Read More

Suffering, Anyone?

September 17, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 7 of 12) Lord, be Thou blessed for my present suffering, because I dare to hope that it is the gentle answer of Thy Heart. I offer it all to Thee, all of it: sufferings of body, heart, and soul, all my privations, my interior desolation, my great spiritual solitude. Use these humble offerings for the intentions and substitutions Thou knowest, for souls, and... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
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Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem... Read More

From Here to Eternity

September 3, 2013 by  
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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 5 of 12) People in the world do not realize that one can be very detached from all human things and live a keen spiritual life, and yet find sweetness in the interests, occupations, and joys of life. However, it is only when one has rooted oneself in eternity that one can let one’s humble little barque float, upon the surface of the waves and rejoice fully... Read More

CSD Book Club – The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 3 0f 12)

August 13, 2013 by  
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Religious discussions with the S___s. O my God, it is indeed true that Thou alone canst make certain things understood; all the arguments in the world are nothing to Thy sovereign voice in the depths of the soul. Thou alone canst penetrate the depths and reach that mysterious place in the soul where great transformations occur. That thought is reassuring: without it I would sometimes suffer cruelly... Read More

CSD Book Club – The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 2 of 12)

August 6, 2013 by  
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The Lost Art of Sacrifice After Elisabeth’s death, when everything seemed to collapse around me, I came upon the Spiritual Testament she had written out for me, and, guided by my sister-in-law, I found her Journal too. I threw myself into the reading of them; I read and reread them, and a revolution took place in my whole moral being. I understood the celestial beauty of her soul and that she had... Read More

CSD Book Club – Announcing Our Next Book – The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur

July 30, 2013 by  
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Announcing The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur is one of my all-time favorite books.  Elisabeth was an amazing role model for both husbands and wives alike – a beautiful example of one who leads with grace, humility and love, speaking volumes through her silence rather than through lectures and admonitions.  With great passion, she placed God and her devotion... Read More

CSD Book Club–The Screwtape Letters (Week 7 of 7)

July 23, 2013 by  
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  Men at Work by Vicki Burbach For ‘democracy’ or the ‘democratic spirit’ (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, morally flaccid from lack of discipline in youth, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and soft from lifelong pampering.  And that is what Hell wishes every democratic people to be.  For when such... Read More

CSD Book Club-The Screwtape Letters (Week 2 of 7)

June 18, 2013 by  
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Work hard, then, on the disappointment or anticlimax which is certainly coming to the patient during his first few weeks as a churchman.  The Enemy allows this disappointment to occur on the threshold of every human endeavor.  It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories of the Odyssey buckles down to really learning Greek.  It occurs when lovers have got married and... Read More

CSD Book Club – 33 Days to Morning Glory (Week 6 of 7)

May 28, 2013 by  
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Ode to Motherhood Mary’s new motherhood is not some vague or abstract sort of thing.  It’s concrete and personal.  And even though it’s universal, it’s also intensely particular.  Mary is your mother.  She is my mother.  In this light, John Paul thinks it’s significant that Mary’s new motherhood on Calvary is expressed in the singular, “Behold, your son” not “Behold, your billions... Read More

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