Archive | September, 2018

Stewards in the Temple of Creation

Green Thomism asserts that divine wisdom speaks through things. The coherence of living organisms as well as the community toward which they naturally tend are objectively given in reality and express “a design of love and truth” of the Creator Himself.

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What the Movies Get Wrong About Exorcism

Just as the demons have many ways to attack us, we have a number of ways to defend ourselves. The most important of these ways is a proper understanding of the spiritual world, as this shapes intent and actions. People tend to have two basic approaches to the spiritual world: magical thinking and religious thinking.

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Going Deeper with Spiritual Direction

Saint Teresa of Avila described our interior life as a castle with many mansions that is multi-faceted and labyrinth-like. There is nothing simple about navigating the interior life. Saint John of the Cross was especially aware of how dark it can become and how blind we can feel as we try to make our way

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Scott and Kimberly Hahn in Oshkosh, WI

Saturday, October 20, 2018 Join Scott and Kimberly Hahn on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Oshkosh, WI. Don’t miss this workshop on “Understanding and Defending Your Faith.” Best-selling author Dr. Scott Hahn will speak about defending our Catholic faith, including our belief in the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament

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The Journey to God, Explained by the Saints

Various attempts to classify the stages of spiritual growth have been made over the centuries. The predominant classification, used by a number of the Doctors of the Church and many other writers as well, is the three-stage division of purgative, illuminative, and unitive. (Another major attempt at delineating the stages of growth is that of

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Guidance in Prayer from a Spiritual Director

A principal work of the spiritual director is to help Christians grow in prayer. Fr. Bennet Kelley, CP, in a wonderful work entitled Spiritual Direction According to St. Paul of the Cross, states strongly, “Unless a person is willing to give him/herself to a life of prayer and daily seeking God, they are not yet ready

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Freedom for God: Letting Go of Disordered Desires

There are many personal journeys to God, but they all pass through Jesus. The Christian life starts with Baptism—being made into an adopted child of God—then develops over the course of a person’s life into the ministry appointed by God for that person. The gifts to perform that ministry are given at Baptism and further

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Why We Need a Green Revolution, Catholic Style

The history of the ecological movement within the Catholic Church is yet to be written, but when it is, one will discover that many of the practices now espoused by the most progressive minds were, in fact, voiced in a prior era by those Catholics engaged in the issues of ecological stewardship. Buying locally sourced,

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What Is Spiritual Direction?: A Spiritual Director Explains

Over the last few months, Fr. Boniface Hicks and I have had the opportunity to teach for several weeks from our book on spiritual direction, Spiritual Direction: A Guide For Sharing the Father’s Love. This has given me a chance to re-read and rethink in the process of teaching from the book and elaborating on

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