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What Should We Make of the Movie, “Heaven is for Real”?

When a four-year-old boy almost dies and later reports having visited heaven, it’s easy to brush it off as a child’s feverish imaginings. But when he knows things that no one ever told him and reports that he learned about it in heaven, it is hard to brush off.  In the movie, Heaven is for Real, from the 2010, #1 [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Dr. Peter Kreeft

“The big, blazing, terrible truth about man is that he has a heaven-sized hole in his heart, and nothing else can fill it. We pass our lives trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles. As Augustine said: ‘Thou hast made us for thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.’ That’s the greatest sentence ever written [...]

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Encountering the Word — 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,’ God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your [...]

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A Catholic Man Opens Up About Being “Restless”

“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee” (St. Augustine, Confessions). I think most writers are naturally introspective and reflective.  While in Eucharistic Adoration a few weeks ago I prayed for many things, including strength and courage to stay focused on the [...]

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Journey with Jesus through “Meditations for Lent”

I do not want to meet Jesus on my deathbed.  I want him to already be close so that death is something we do together, just as in life. Jesus told us to strive to enter eternity by the narrow door (Luke 13:24). That directive can leave us fearful.  Is our life leading us to the narrow door?  How do [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Bosco

“Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.” (St. John Bosco, Founder [...]

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Dr. Kreeft Responds to the Culture’s Objections to Heaven

Heaven Even the skeptic who does not believe in heaven has a heaven-shaped heart. The deck is stacked and the dice are loaded, loaded with the love of heaven. Amor meus, pondus meum, said Augustine: “My love is my weight.” The gravity of his own heart pulls the sceptic in heaven’s direction, even while the antigravity of sin pulls him [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from J. R. R. Tolkien

Gandalf to Pippin: “End? No, it doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one which we must all take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all change to silver glass… And then you see it… White shores, and beyond, a far green country, under a swift sunrise.” (J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings – The [...]

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Some Clear Alternatives to Catholic Boredom

On a recent Saturday morning my 12 year old son said:  “Dad, I’m bored.  What are we going to do for fun today?”  Knowing my youngest son well, I translated this to mean that he was looking for something new and exciting and I was supposed to provide it.  This all too frequent discussion with my children has been the [...]

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Practical Suggestions for Spiritual Growth

What Life’s All About When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them sanctifying grace, that is, they were able to partake in the Divine Nature – they had a share of the Divine Life in their souls. They had no right to this grace; it was freely given them by God. They also were granted what is referred to [...]