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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages three to fifteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the CSD book club so she could embark with likeminded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. In addition to moderating the book club and managing family activities, Vicki also cooks, does laundry, cleans, does laundry, and, every once in a while, finds time to write and speak on topics such as marriage and spiritual reading - of course, these endeavors take place only between her many loads of laundry.

Spiritual Adolescence

April 15, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 2 of 15) Thou art an unfinished work.  Many things are lacking to the perfection of thy being.  Thou has naught of the beauty and luster which are yet to be thine.  Hence thy restless, unsatisfied yearning; hence those unceasing aspirations for a higher, better state, which arise from thy very necessities.   Yes, God let thee hunger, in order that, driven by necessity,... Read More

Announcing Our Next Book: The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada

April 8, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 1 of 15) Today, five weeks into Lent, we continue the process of purifying our souls and turning our hearts and minds back to God, that we may better enjoy the springtime of Easter in the coming season.  I’ve no doubt The Sinner’s Guide will prove an essential resource during this time.  Yes, we’ll continue our exploration of The Sinner’s... Read More

The Plague of Pride

April 1, 2014 by  
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Interior Freedom (Week 5 of 5) Here it is worth reflecting on the problem of pride.  We are all born with a deep wound, experienced as a lack of being.  We seek to compensate by constructing a self different from our real self.  This artificial self requires large amounts of energy to maintain it; being fragile, it needs protecting.  Woe to anyone who contradicts it, threatens it, questions it,... Read More

Love – Gone to the Dogs?

March 18, 2014 by  
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Interior Freedom (Week 3 of 5) In the present moment, because of his infinitely merciful love, we always have the possibility of starting again, not impeded by the past, or tormented by the future.  The past is in the hands of the Merciful God, who can draw benefit from everything: the future is in the hands of the Providence of God who will never forget us.  Faith keeps us from living as many... Read More

The Will to be FREE

March 4, 2014 by  
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Interior Freedom (Week 2 of 5) More often than not, we feel that our freedom is limited by our circumstances:  the restrictions imposed on us by society, the obligations of all kinds that other people lay upon us, this or that physical or health limitation, and so on.  To find our freedom, we imagine we have to get rid of those restrictions and limitations.  When we feel stifled or trapped in... Read More

Are You Prepared for Eternal Life?

February 18, 2014 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 14 of 14) Reflect that virtue and devotion alone can satisfy your soul in this world; behold how lovely they are; consider the virtues and their opposing vices.  How precious is patience compared with revenge, gentleness compared with anger and passion, humility compared with arrogance and ambition, liberality compared with avarice, charity compared with... Read More

Climbing the Mountain of Christian Perfection

February 4, 2014 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 12 of 14) But as you gaze upon the steep mountain of Christian perfection: “Alas!” you exclaim, “how shall I ever ascend it?”  Be of good cheer; when the young bees begin to take their form they are called nymphs, and are unable to fly to the neighboring flowers or hills and valleys in search of honey, but by degrees, being fed with the honey provided... Read More

How to Overcome Day to Day Annoyances?

January 21, 2014 by  
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  An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 10 of 14) …meekly endure all little evils, trifling inconveniences, and unimportant losses, which happen daily; for by using these little opportunities with a good and loving purpose you will overcome your heart and have it entirely under control.  All such trifles, as the daily chances of life – this headache, toothache, or fever, the... Read More

Please Welcome Sarah Reinhard to CSD Book Club!!!

January 7, 2014 by  
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Welcome back!  I hope you’ve been enjoying this Blessed Christmas Season!  I also hope you are ready to roll because we have quite a bit of ground to cover this week!  First, after our two-week break, we need to discuss our latest assignment from An Introduction to the Devout Life.  Second, I’d like you to meet my new cohort, Sarah Reinhard, who has graciously agreed to moderate the book... Read More

Do You Struggle to be Gentle – with Yourself?

December 17, 2013 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life(Week 7 of 14) One of the forms in which we should practice gentleness regards ourselves, in never growing irritable with ourselves or our imperfections; for, although, in reason we must be vexed and angry with ourselves when we commit faults, yet we ought to guard against a bitter, fretful displeasure, or spiteful anger with ourselves.  Some make a great mistake... Read More