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The Proof of Love

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Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, make me understand that the Cross is the greatest proof of love. MEDITATION After the Incarnation, the Cross of Jesus is the greatest proof of His love for man. Similarly, mortification, which is suffering eagerly accepted for the love of God, is one of the greatest proofs of love that we can give Him. It means freely giving up a satisfaction or a pleasure in... Read More

Does God Hate the Demons?

March 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea

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Q.  Father Fortea, does God hate the demons? A.  No. God, being perfect, is Love itself. The created world is God’s act of love, and as part of His creation, demons remain essentially good and loved by God. It is true, though, that God hates sin because it harms the perfection of His creation. Sin ultimately leads to the condemnation of those who remain unrepentant, but this does not mean God hates... Read More

Envy: The No Win Sin (Part I of II)

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Let’s play the “What if…” game. What if you just lost your job while your co-worker received a promotion and a big raise?  Would you be happy for him? What if a parent that was often critical of your children, found out that her child was just caught for cheating?  Would you feel the slightest bit of satisfaction? What if your child dropped out of school while a friend’s child was just... Read More

Finding Time for God

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 4 of 14) Do not children as they hearken to their mother, and, lisping, imitate her, gradually learn to speak her language? And so if we remain close to the Savior, meditating upon Him, and giving heed to His words, His actions, and His affections, we shall gradually, by the help of His grace, learn to speak, to act and will like Him. There we must stop, for,... Read More

Is My Prayer Good Enough?

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

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Q.  Dear Sister, my prayer experiences don’t seem good enough or holy enough, long enough or intense enough. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can pray better? A.  Dear Friend, yes, I do have a few suggestions. That’s easy… First of all, I suggest not using the expression “prayer experiences” at all. Hit the delete button on that one. A lot of people tend to speak about their prayer... Read More

And, the Greatest of These is Love!

September 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Virtue

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Sit back and read this post like you would stand at the foot of the waves and take in the ocean. Imagine that you are entering a mystical garden. Why? We are speaking about the theological virtue of love and no other response can open the door to its wonders! Rather than sit at the computer to write this last post on virtues, I wrote it in my walk in closet, where I pray, following my quiet time with... Read More

Is God’s Love Unconditional? (Part II of II)

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love

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…A reader asks:  Q: Dear Father John, since I have been very exposed to the modern self-help movement that tells us God’s love or Christ’s love is unconditional, how do we explain judgment of others?  If he loves us all equally, why do we need to pray, be virtuous or even religious? If we are all flawed humans (some worse than others ) and we are told to love ourselves regardless, what... Read More

Is God’s Love Unconditional? (Part I of II)

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love

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Q: Dear Father John, since I have been very exposed to the modern self-help movement that tells us God’s love or Christ’s love is unconditional, how do we explain judgment of others?  If he loves us all equally, why do we need to pray, be virtuous or even religious? If we are all flawed humans (some worse than others ) and we are told to love ourselves regardless, what could possibly be the motivation... Read More

To Rejoice in the Truth

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In prayer, the Father speaks His Word to us. This is the Word whispered deep into our humble poverty so that in our frailty we might know a love that surpasses every hope. This eternal Utterance tenderly resounds in humanity’s deepest needs and sorrows to disclose that ancient hidden joy which bubbles through all that is. Prayer rejoices in this truth. At the same time, through tears of compunction,... Read More

How can our actions and sufferings make God loved even across the seas?

How can our actions and sufferings make God loved even across the seas?

Q: Dear Father John, In St. Therese’s poem to Venerable Theophane Venard (stanza 6) she expresses her desire to save souls as a missionary . . .  I love it, that unbelieving shore That was the object of your ardent love; With happiness I would fly toward it,  If my Jesus were to require it one day… But in His sight distances are wiped away; It is but a single point, this entire vast universe! My... Read More

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