February 2020

30 Days with Teresa of Avila, detachment

Seeking God in Darkness

What are the depths of our hidden God into which we are entering when we pray? The greatest saints have not penetrated to the depths of themselves, nor the greatest psychoanalysts, nor the greatest mystics or gurus. When we consider that we are made in the image of God and we have immortal souls, we know we have an infinite capacity.

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Prayer to St. Conrad of Piacenza

St. Conrad of Piacenza was an Italian nobleman living in the thirteenth century. He married a noblewoman and lived a life of luxury in his youth. His life was transformed, however, when one day he accidentally caught the forest on fire while hunting. An innocent peasant was blamed and sentenced to death, but Conrad confessed to the fault and gave all his possessions to the poor in recompense. Conrad gave up his life of luxury and joined a group of Franciscan hermits, and his wife joined the Poor Clares.

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Fulfillment of All Desire

Called to Holiness

Jesus summed up his teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness—when we hear these words we can be understandably tempted to discouragement, thinking that perfection for us is impossible. And indeed, left to our own resources, it certainly is—just as impossible as it is for rich people to enter heaven, or for a man and a woman to remain faithful their whole lives in marriage. But with God, all things are possible, even our transformation.

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The Bible and the Church Fathers

The Bible and the Church Fathers Launch Party – Free Livestream!

Join Scott Hahn, John Bergsma, and Mike Aquilina for the launch of our newest Journey Through Scripture study, The Bible and the Church Fathers. Watch for free online Wednesday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time Popular author and biblical scholar John Bergsma will share how the Church Fathers helped lead him to the Catholic

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Do We Take the Bible Literally?

The term “Fundamentalist” has at worst become a term of abuse and at times a term to designate someone who takes traditional religious beliefs, including moral stands, seriously (e.g., those who nowadays consider that homosexual actions are immoral because of what the Scripture says about them are regularly described as Fundamentalists). This latter understanding is vague to the point of confusion, because it would include all orthodox Christians.

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