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Pope Benedict XVI: The Church and The Liturgy

I read the following book excerpts in an article titled Pope Benedict taught us that the Church is not ours, it is the Lord’s by Fr. Michael Miller in the February 2013 issue of the The Catholic Servant and could not find a weblink to the article. I have not read the book, but based on what Fr. Miller […]

Have It God’s Way

Individuals who say, “I will serve God in my way, and you serve God in your way,” ought to inquire whether it would not be advisable to serve God in His Way. —from Peace of Soul by Venerable Fulton Sheen in Ch. 4: Is God Hard To Find?

So That You and I Could Benefit Eternally

What Do You Expect? As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. —1 Peter 4:10 Our modern world has convinced many of us that if we have a talent or a particular gift then we should only share or use it if we can […]

Our Father the Substitute Teacher

In catechism class a priest once asked a child, “Does God always answer our prayers?” “Yes, Father,” the youngster answered. “Then why don’t we always get what we pray for?” the priest continued. After a puzzled moment the child replied, “God always answers our prayers but sometimes he answers yes and sometimes he answers no.” […]

The Holy Spirit, Mary, and the Humble

723     In Mary, the Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of the Father’s loving goodness. Through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin conceives and gives birth to the Son of God. By the Holy Spirit’s power and her faith, her virginity became uniquely fruitful. 724     In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the Son of […]

Much Ado About Prayer and Fasting, Pt. 2

Suddenly, I understood why the monastic tradition in every religion insists on asceticism. To concentrate on the spiritual, the monks and nuns strictly discipline their physical lives. They narrow their lives down by staying in one place. They take vows of poverty so they are unconcerned about the accumulation of wealth. They take vows of […]

Lent #3: The 1-1-1 Plan

Here’s a helpful acronym [KISS] to help you stay focused during Lent: Keep • It • Simple • Sinner To keep it simple this Lent, try the “1-1-1 Plan”: one sin, one add-in, one give-up. Concentrate or focus on one sin or fault that is getting in the way of your relationship with God and […]