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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) 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 something that should have been my first clue that... Read More

The Call of Duty: More than Just a Popular Video Game

July 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 15 of 16) Man’s duty towards his neighbor is embraced in the practice of charity and mercy. Read Holy Scriptures and you will appreciate the importance of these virtues. The writings of the prophets, Apostles, and evangelists abound with counsels concerning them. The Sinner’s Guide, Chapter 41, Paragraph 1 Duty just isn’t a popular concept. At the very... 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

Pet Sins and the Brick Wall of “I Don’t Need Confession”

July 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 13 of 16) We cannot successfully battle with enemies abroad when the forces within us are in a state of rebellion. Thus we see that the devil first tempted Our Savior to gluttony, wishing to make himself master of the avenue through which all other vices find an easy entrance. Chapter 34, Paragraph 2 Remember that your soul can never rule the flesh, if it be not itself... 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

The Ease of Mercy and the Difficulty of Virtue

June 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 10 of 16) Reflect on this. Men act freely when they sin, for no man is forced to do wrong. But when they have fallen they cannot rise without the divine assistance. Now, God owes this to no man. It is His gratuitous gift when He restores the sinner to His favor. Hence He but exercises His justice when He permits him to remain in his misery, and even to fall lower. The Sinner’s... Read More

Resources for an Ever-Deepening Prayer Life – A Holy Summer Reading Program

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Prayer, Resources

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I just finished teaching a course entitled Navigating the Interior Life – Foundations of Prayer and Union with God for the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation. The course has been a joy to teach because I have had the great blessing of watching more than sixty of God’s precious souls grow more deeply in their prayer and union with God. These students of the spiritual life... Read More

The Habit of Sin

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 9 of 16) The first of these causes is the tyranny of bad habits. So strong are these that many would die rather than relinquish them. Hence St. Jerome declares that a long habit of sin robs virtue of all its sweetness. For habit becomes second nature, and to overcome it we must conquer nature itself, which is the greatest victory a man can achieve. “When a vice is... 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.  - The Sinner’s... Read More

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