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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

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

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!!!

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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

Called to Holiness (Part II of II)

December 30, 2013 by  
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In part I, we examined what the universal call to holiness means, generally speaking.  In today’s post, we will look at what Blessed John Paul II specifically says about the call to holiness, training in holiness and why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. John Paul II goes on to call the parishes of the third millennium to become schools of prayer and places where... Read More

Called to Holiness (Part I of II)

December 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Ralph Martin

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Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness-when we hear these words, we can be understandably tempted to discouragement, thinking... 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

Everyday Virtues

December 10, 2013 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 6 of 14) We have but rarely opportunities for the practice of courage, magnanimity, and great sacrifices.  But every action of our daily life should be influenced by gentleness, temperance, humility, and purity.  Some qualities may be more eminent, but these are the most needful.  Sugar is more agreeable than salt, but salt is in much more universal requisition. ... Read More

The Majesty of the Eucharist

December 3, 2013 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 5 of 14) If men of the world ask why you communicate so often, tell them that it is in order that you may learn to love God, that you may be purified from your imperfections, delivered from your perplexities, comforted in your sorrows, strengthened in your weakness.  Tell them that there are two classes of men who need frequent communion – those who... Read More

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