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

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Featured, Vicki Burbach

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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

Examination of Conscience

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✞ Presence of God – O Lord, cast a ray of light on my soul, so that I may be able to see myself as You see me and as You judge me. MEDITATION To insure an orderly and progressive growth in the spiritual life, we must know ourselves. We have to consider our sins, our weak points, our evil tendencies, as well as the progress we have already made, the favorable results we have attained, and our inclinations... Read More

What are the Types of Evil?

March 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare


Q.  Father Fortea, what are the types of evil? A.  While the variety of particular evils is infinite, theologians typically distinguish between physical and moral evils. Remember our earlier definition of evil: the lack (or privation) of a good that should exist in a thing. Here’s a good example of a physical evil: the painting the Mona Lisa is good, but a knife mark left by a vandal would be an... Read More

The rule of three in the battle against sin


Q: Dear Dan, I am struggling with a recurring problem with anger that I can’t seem to overcome. I have read books, tried to understand how it surfaces in me, prayed fervently (I am living in a state of grace outside of this problem). But I seem to be making no progress. I am very very very very very very very very frustrated. A: After years of observing intelligent, capable, and committed people... Read More

Why Do We Sin?

December 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea


Q.  Dear Father Fortea, why do we sin? A.  We sin because, due to the effects of original sin, our wills have been weakened, and we give in to temptation. When we are tempted, we must choose between two options: doing good or doing evil, committing a sin or living in virtue. In temptation, the will has to choose between two options; it knows that one option is good and the other evil but feels attracted... Read More

Everyday Virtues

December 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach, Virtue

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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

Penance – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary


PENANCE: The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one’s own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed, either by oneself or by others. And finally the sacrament of penance, where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s... Read More

Imperfections – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary


IMPERFECTIONS: Deficiencies of character that, although not as serious as mortal or venial sins, are nonetheless obstacles to attaining Christian perfection and union with God. It is important to note that the intentional omission of an obligatory good act is sinful (e.g. missing Mass on Sunday without sufficient reason). However, the failure to do a good act that is not obligatory (e.g. not going... Read More

What to do about a Cold Spiritual Life and Dried-Up Prayer Life

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity, Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Prayer


Often when we grow in prayerfulness, the Lord purifies our intentions and asks us to pray even when we do not have feelings or get much response back. Something else to ask ourselves in times like these is if we have fallen into the habit of some small hidden sins or imperfections. While these are not mortal, they can zap our spiritual vitality. Have you ever been walking around with a sinus infection?... Read More

The Mouth as a Lethal Weapon


We have all done it–said too much or said the wrong thing and regretted it later. Too often, opening our mouths releases gossip, complaints, or destructive words. Our tongue is a concealed weapon—the most lethal. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt 10:28). A gun or knife can wound... Read More

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