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The Obscure Light of Faith

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Presence of God – Teach me to believe, O Lord, even in darkness and obscurity; teach me to believe by relying only on Your word. MEDITATION Through its own efforts, the human mind is able to attain to a knowledge of God the Creator by considering created things; it can know His existence and even some of His perfections, but it cannot attain to the mystery of His intimate life which is beyond the knowledge of creatures, if God... Read More

A Good Habit

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A Good Habit:  Reflections from Professed Sisters Wearing the Holy Habit of Carmel Our community was started in Mexico by our Foundress, Mother Luisita in the 1920′s.  Due to the religious persecution in Mexico at the time, it soon became not just illegal to wear the habit, but very dangerous.  As a result, today our sisters wear the habit with deep gratitude and we hold dear the precious freedom to wear it in public. Just... 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 young and old. This quality gift... Read More

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? (Part II of II)

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Dear Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters,

 I have long been dealing with a deep sadness and lack of joy in life.  The vortex of emotional suffering seems to revolve around my unanswered prayers for a spouse and romantic love, but when I look at myself honestly I see that I am not selfless enough to have been a good wife.

 I pray that the Lord changes my heart, and makes me a better person, and I am trying to curb my faults.... Read More

Jerusalem’s Church of St Anne (Memorial of Sts Joachim and Anne)

July 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Featured, Pilgrimage

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It’s been a few months since I last wrote. Those who saw me recently on EWTN’s Life on the Rock or who read my blog know that my husband David suffered a heart attack on Mother’s Day, just nine days before we were supposed to fly to the Holy Land to document Pope Francis’ Holy Land pilgrimage. He’s fine, thank God, and is recuperating well, but it did throw our lives into disarray, and my posting on this blog suffered... Read More

Why does Sacred Scripture Say that Demons are in the “Regions of the Air”?

July 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, why does Sacred Scripture say that demons are in the “regions of the air”? Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the [regions of the air] (Eph 6:11-12). Sacred... Read More

Thinking with the Church – Mysticism and Magisterium Part I of VI

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are honored to introduce to you Father Angelo Geiger, who has written extensively on Marian theology and spirituality, and has been published in such publications as “Inside the Vatican” and “Catholic World Report” (online).  We are particularly pleased to note that he is our first writer out of the Franciscan tradition. We are blessed he has agreed to write for us.  Please... Read More

The Central Prayers of the Mass: The Anaphora

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Eric Johnston, Featured, Mass, Prayers

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The Central Prayers of the Mass: We can pray the Mass better if we better understand its central prayers. Knowing what is going on allows us to join in and make the prayer our own – allows us to mean it when we say, “Amen.” It also allows us to understand the Mass itself, and so enter more deeply into what it has to offer us. Today we will consider the priest’s part of the Eucharistic Prayer. The “Eucharistic Prayer”... Read More

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? (Part I of II)

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Dear Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters,

 I have long been dealing with a deep sadness and lack of joy in life.  The vortex of emotional suffering seems to revolve around my unanswered prayers for a spouse and romantic love, but when I look at myself honestly I see that I am not selfless enough to have been a good wife.

 I pray that the Lord changes my heart, and makes me a better person, and I am trying to curb my faults.... Read More

Why does God Not Just Annihilate the Demons?

July 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, why does God not just annihilate the demons? God, in His great love, has pledged not to destroy any intelligent being He has created. Demons, by their very existence, are a manifestation of God’s justice, a proclamation that the law of God is not violated without consequence. He who violates this law deforms himself and, if he chooses not to repent of this transgression, his deformation becomes eternal. Such is... Read More

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