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Turning Around the Crisis of Spiritual Leadership in Families

I’m sure you were as dismayed as I was at the recent, sobering findings of the CARA study on the spiritual health of Catholic families. Dr. Gregory Popcak wrote an important article about it here and will continue to explicate the findings of the study, which all Catholics should take interest in. Basically, in Dr. Popcak’s words, “Catholic homes are […]

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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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A Most Difficult Question to Answer

When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others.  I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.

“Heroic love for God and neighbor is, of course, is closely aligned to profound intimacy with the indwelling Trinity. To a large extent, they are the same thing. We love Father, Son and Holy Spirit to the extent that we are in intimate prayer communion with them which is lived out in our actions.” (Father Thomas Edward Dubay, S.M., 1921-2010, […]

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“This again.” (again)

After reflecting over the tedium and complacency that are often companions of repetition, this week I found myself thinking of another companion of repetition: comfort.  At times we do need to be shaken out of our routine, especially if we have taken Scripture, prayer, or the daily graces God gives us for granted. We need to ask him to bring […]

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Why We All Need this Powerful 2,000-year-old Catholic Weight Loss Plan

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning. I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“… I think of the steadfast faith of those mothers tending their sick children who, though perhaps barely familiar with the articles of the creed, cling to a rosary; or of all the hope poured into a candle lighted in a humble home with a prayer for help from Mary, or in the gaze of tender love directed to Christ […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Paul of the Cross

“O Jesus, my Love, may my heart be consumed in loving Thee; make me humble and holy; give me childlike simplicity; transform me into thy holy love. O Jesus, life of my life, joy of my soul, God of my heart, accept my heart as an altar, on which I will sacrifice to Thee the gold of ardent charity, the […]

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Get to know the First Saturday Devotion

As so many of the saints know, devotion to Mary is a key trait of those Christians who are most perfectly conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. “The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as […]

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“This again?”

Have you ever caught yourself in the middle of complacency? The other day I was flipping through my Missal to see what the daily Mass readings would be.  When I saw we were going through the stories of Genesis, my immediate reaction was, “Genesis again? Didn’t we just read that?” Almost mid-thought, I stopped myself. Yes, we did. Two years […]