How to Approach Spiritual Warfare, According to Teresa of Avila

05/05/2015 Comments (5)

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's letter is from Day 2 of the book.


Valladolid, February 19, 1569
To Alonzo Ramirez
Cause of the delay in the journey to Toledo.
Encouragement...READ MORE

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Communion of Saints, Communion of Sinners

05/03/2015 Comments (120)

Sometime back a troubled Catholic asked me why the Church engaged in official persecution of the Jews. He noted there were official decrees of persecution from Church Councils (for instance, Lateran IV) and asked why, when Pope St. John Paul II apologized for such actions, he only referred to "Christians" who mistreated the Jews, when it was, he said, "the Church which officially engaged in a program of hate and persecution of the Jews." Naturally, this left him in considerable anguish of mind concerning the Church's claim to infallibility.

Perhaps the first thing to realize is that my correspondent misunderstood the Pope's distinction between the Church and her members. By "the Church" my...READ MORE

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Neat Freebie for Mother's Day and May

Family Rosary Offers Prayers for Moms Too

05/02/2015 Comments (4)
Courtesy Family Rosary ministry

– Courtesy Family Rosary ministry

What a great deal for Mother’s Day — and the whole month of May.

Family Rosary ministries is providing free ecards just right for Mom (which may also be printed for snail-mail delivery).

Family Rosary — which was started by Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton — says that these cards remind families that Mother’s Day is a good day for prayer.

At the Family Rosary website,, visitors can select a unique cover and a particular Bible verse and prayer to go with it. 

A personal message can also be added.

“This Mother’s Day, give your mom the greatest gift of all: Pray for her and with her,” said Father Willy Raymond of the Congregation of Holy Cross and president of...READ MORE

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Awakening ‘Little Boy’ in Hearts

Eduardo Verástegui on making moving movies

05/01/2015 Comments (7)

Eduardo Verástegui has invested five years of his life into the new film Little Boy and hopes you will watch it, be inspired and tell others to go see it.

The producer and actor —  a former singer and soap-opera star in Mexico — made a promise to himself and God a while ago to not be involved in projects that offend his Latino community, his family or his faith. So he co-founded a production company, Metanoia Films — of Bella acclaim.  

With Little Boy, Verástegui wants viewers to be reminded of childlike innocence, which he says can fall asleep or be lost when growing up.

“With this movie, we can wake up the little boy that we all have in our hearts,” said Verástegui when I spoke to him...READ MORE

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Truth or Consequences

05/01/2015 Comments (27)

One of our basic beliefs as Catholics is that Mary is, in a curious way, always referred to Jesus. Her own words at the wedding in Cana (John 2) stand as a sort of emblem of all that she has to say to us: "Do whatever he tells you." She directs us to her Son.

And yet, in the text of Scripture, her recorded words constitute such a tiny bit of documentation that it is understandable many Christians get the impression Catholic piety concerning Mary is a vast exegetical mountain build a minuscule textual molehill. Not surprisingly then, many non-Catholics (and, alas, not a few Catholics) believe that Catholic Marian teaching can be eliminated or ignored with little consequence for the...READ MORE

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Carve Out Time for These Few Essentials

04/30/2015 Comments (36)

Got a new baby? Along with all the joy and fun that comes with welcoming a new child into your home, you will notice some other, unwelcome arrivals: tons and tons of unsolicited advice about how to run your life. Everyone has an opinion about what is really important, and much of this advice conflicts with or contradicts other advice, leaving a new mother feeling confused and overwhelmed.

Be at peace, new mama. There are really only a few essentials to keep in mind, in order to live your life in a happy, healthy, even joyful way.

First of all, remember that self-care is essential. Mothers are expected to care for everyone around them, but how can they do this if they are falling apart...READ MORE

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No, pastors are NOT facing jail time for not marrying gays…

…despite what you may have seen on social media lately.

04/29/2015 Comments (160)

For some reason a Washington Times article from October 20, 2014 headlined “Idaho city’s ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail” has been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter and so forth. (People don’t check dates on social media.)

An excerpt:

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.

The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.


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10 Things That Are Strengthening the Family

04/29/2015 Comments (50)

It’s impossible to dispute any item on Father Dwight Longenecker’s list of things that are killing the family. To have eyes is to see that we are in deep trouble, for all the reasons he notes. 

And yet, I want to say, “And yet, for all that...”

It’s tempting for conservatives to get so appalled by the losses we see all around us that we fail to take note of the good that’s been unfolding too. It’s important to notice the good, not just so that we don’t get depressed, but so that we have a more complete and balanced sense of reality — what God is about in the world, and which of our efforts are most likely to bear fruit.

Here is a conscious thought I have nearly every day: I’m so glad I...READ MORE

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