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Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Little Heaven of My Soul

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

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The Way of Perfection (Week 7 of 9) Those who are able to shut themselves up in this little Heaven of the soul, wherein the Maker of Heaven and earth dwells, and who have formed the habit of looking at nothing and staying in no place that distracts the senses, may be sure that they are walking on an excellent road.  They will not fail to drink of the water of the fountain, for they will travel a... Read More

The Importance of Silence

October 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Way of Perfection (Week 6 of 9) What we can do ourselves is to try to be alone—and God grant that this may suffice, as I say, to make us realize in Whose presence we are and how the Lord answers our petitions. Do you suppose that, because we cannot hear Him, He is silent? He speaks clearly to the heart when we beg Him from our hearts to do so. It would be a good idea for us to imagine that... Read More

Five Reasons “IF ONLY” and “I WISH” Should Be Banned From the English Language

September 30, 2014 by  
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The Way of Perfection (Week 5 of 9) The Lord knows everyone as she really is and gives each one her work to do, according to what He sees to be most appropriate for her soul, for His own Self, and for her neighbor’s good.   - The Way of Perfection (Chapter 18, Paragraph 3) It is very possible that the phrases If Only, and his evil twin, “I Wish” are the most debilitating and poisonous... Read More

Humility: Easier Said than Done

September 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Way of Perfection (Week 4 of 9) …for I never heard anything bad said of me which I did not clearly realize fell short of the truth. If I had not sometimes—often, indeed—offended God in the ways they referred to, I had done so in many others, and I felt they had treated me far too indulgently in saying nothing about these; I much preferred people to blame me for what was not true than... Read More

Money and Honor Go Hand-in-Hand

September 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Way of Perfection (Week 2 of 10) I believe that honour and money nearly always go together, and that he who desires honour never hates money, while he who hates money cares little for honour. Understand this clearly, for I think this concern about honour always implies some slight regard for endowments or money: seldom or never is a poor man honoured by the world; however worthy of honour he... Read More

The Secret to Satisfaction

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The King of the Golden City (Week 5 of 5) “My child, you are meant to be happy, and you can never long enough for the things that will make you happy. But I will tell you a secret, Dilecta. All the delightful things that make up home, here in the Land of Exile, never quite satisfy those who have them. Those who have the most want more. If anyone could have all there is to have, he will still... Read More

Twelve-Step Program for Controlling Mothers

August 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The King of the Golden City (Week 4 of 5) “….Some of those books belong to him.  He helped the men and women who wrote them, and he is putting his mark into them.  They will do his work, and he will be near by when boys and girls take them up to get amusement out of them.” - Prince Guardian to Dilecta, The King of the Golden City (Chapter 12, Paragraph 5) When my kids were young, I kept... Read More

Armed and Ready (Or Maybe Not)

August 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The King of the Golden City (Week 3 of 5) I must tell you that the equipment that the King’s soldiers received on the day of their enrollment in his army, though quite real, was not seen by others, or even by themselves. Dilecta did not see her own, though she often felt it. She knew it belonged to her, and she was almost eager for Malignus and those who helped him in his work to come along... Read More

A Hidden Saint

August 5, 2014 by  
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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

Our Next Book: Mother Mary Loyola’s The King of the Golden City

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The King of the Golden City (Week 1 of 5) A bit about this book, from the description at Catholic Heritage Curricula: The King of the Golden City is a fascinating tale which breathes into the heart of the child a deep understanding of Holy Communion while fostering a profound love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Originally published in 1921, this classic tale has long been a favorite of... Read More

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