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

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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

That Loving Knowledge of God

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That Loving Knowledge of God Although the Almighty is beyond the power of human understanding to grasp, Christians believe that knowing God’s Will is possible because Jesus, in his humanity offered for our sakes, has given us real access to God. The kind of knowledge the Risen Lord gives us is different than the merely factual kind of knowing. Such factual knowledge is all about simply knowing... Read More

Fortitude and Patience

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Fortitude and Patience Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to bear my sufferings with fortitude and patience. MEDITATION Although courage is needed to face or to undertake hard tasks, it is even more necessary in order to persevere in them, above all when they are unpleasant or of long duration, and it is impossible to avoid or change them. In this sense, St. Thomas teaches that the principal act... Read More

Family and the Vice-Filled Path to Holiness

September 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Way of Perfection (Week 3 of 9) Commend to God often any friend who is at fault and strive on your own part to practice with perfection the virtue that is opposite of her fault.  Make determined efforts to do this so that you may teach by actions what your friends could never learn by words nor gain through suffering.  The habit of performing some conspicuously virtuous action through seeing... Read More

Your Prayer Life: Inspiration from Venerable Mother Luisita

September 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Featured, Prayer

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Your Prayer Life My beloved child, Between Jesus and the soul there flows a current no one can see and a dialogue that no one hears. Form a rich and beautiful tabernacle for Our Lord within your heart and then do not let Him go. In that way you will always have Him within you. Enter within yourself and, meeting Him, tell Him all your experiences. Adore Him within yourself, as if everything were in... 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

Announcing our Next Book: The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila

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  The Way of Perfection (WEEK 1 OF 10) I have been apprehensive about reading this book for years, as I’ve heard so much about the spirituality of Saint Teresa of Avila.  And The Way of “Perfection?”  I admit, I was a little intimidated.  But a year ago when I read Colleen Carroll Campbell’s book, My Sisters, the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, wherein she described Saint Teresa as a... Read More

Judge Not

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Presence of God – O Lord, keep me from judging and criticizing my neighbor; give me kind, loving thoughts about everyone. MEDITATION “Judge not, that you may not be judged” (Mt 7:1). Charity to our neighbor begins with our thoughts, as many of our failings in charity are basically caused by our judgments. We do not think highly enough of others, we do not sufficiently consider their manifest... Read More

Infinite Love

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Presence of God – O my God, my only love, kindle in me the fire of Your charity. MEDITATION Sacred Scripture tells us: “God is charity” (1 Jn 4:16). God is love, eternal, infinite, substantial love. Just as everything in God is beautiful, good, perfect, and holy, so also everything in God is love—His beauty, wisdom, power, providence; even His justice is love. Love is perfect and holy when... Read More

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