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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  
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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  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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

Announcing Our Next Book: The King of the Golden City, by Mother Mary Loyola

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Featured, 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

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  
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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  
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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

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