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Sin: The Ultimate Destroyer of Peace

April 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 3 of 15) Thus sin renders the soul miserable, weak and torpid, inconstant in good, cowardly in resisting temptation, slothful in the observance of God’s commandments. It deprives her of true liberty and of that sovereignty which she should never resign; it makes her a slave to the world, the flesh, and the devil; it subjects her to a harder and more wretched servitude than that of the unhappy... Read More

Spiritual Adolescence

April 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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, thou mightest have recourse... 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 Guide throughout the Easter season... Read More

The Plague of Pride

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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, or inhibits its expansion. ... Read More

Tomorrow Can Take Care of Itself

March 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Interior Freedom (Week 4 of 5) It’s so, SO easy to worry. Here I live, completely spoiled by the riches around me, and yet…and yet, I worry. I gnaw my nails. I fret. If it’s a mistake to add the burden of the past to the weight of the present, it’s a still worse mistake to burden the present with the future. The remedy for that tendency is to meditate on the lesson contained in the Gospel about abandonment... Read More

Love – Gone to the Dogs?

March 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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 people do, oppressed by a burdensome... Read More

The Key to Freedom Is Inside

March 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Interior Freedom (Week 2 of 5) Under God’s gaze, we are delivered from the constraint of having to be “the best” or perpetually having to be “winners.” We have a deep sense of release, because we don’t have to make constant efforts to show ourselves in a favorable light or waste energy pretending to be what we are not. We can quite simply be what we are. There is no better form of “relaxation”... Read More

The Will to be FREE

March 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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 some way by circumstances, we... Read More

Announcing Our Next Book: Interior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Featured, Sarah Reinhard

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Interior Freedom (Week 1 of 5) From the back of the book: Despite the most difficult situations that can restrain our physical movement, each person has deep inside a place of freedom that no external power can take away, because God himself is its source. A person wins inner freedom to the extent that he connects to its source—God himself—by practicing the virtues of faith, hope, and charity. These theological virtues are... Read More

Are You Prepared for Eternal Life?

February 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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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 envy, temperance compared with... Read More

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