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Book Review: Eucharistic Meditations from St. John Vianney

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Eucharistic Mediations About a year ago I was struggling to keep my focus during adoration and honestly that is something I continue to battle; however, thanks to fellow Council of Man member Mike Hans I have been able to use this book he recommended to help me reorient my thoughts during adoration. I think if…

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German Volume Training

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German Theological Training and German Volume Training I am the first person who wishes for a quick fix.  If I can honestly speak, I would say that crying babies are at the top of my list, closely followed by a quick fix for stubborn stomach fat.  And yet, in my previous blog post asserts, Building…

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The Catholic Paradox of a “Normal Saint”

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“Normal Saints”-yet another Catholic Paradox The Catholic Church loves paradoxes.  The source and summit of the faith, the ultimate paradox of the Eucharist, can be summed up well in this: “What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself…

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TCMS Book Review: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

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Book Review: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool  In recent years I have heard Steve Ray recall fondly how his father would read books to him each night. In addition, last year I remember Raymond Arroyo talking about his books and the importance of engaging children’s minds in stories that are not only full of adventure…

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Vocal, Meditative, and Contemplative Prayer: What’s the difference?

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Levels of Prayer “…pray, and never give up praying. If you pray, you will be certainly saved; if you do not pray, you will be certainly damned.” –  St. Alphonsus De Liguori’s Conclusion to a Short Treatise on Prayer Masters of communication with God are those who in a constant state of prayer. However, ‘a…

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Virtue of Reverence

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The Virtue of Reverence Every good and holy gift is certainly given from above. There are many gifts and graces our Triune God dispenses upon His children but unfortunately not all gladly receive. In order that we may better ourselves, we must first take into account God’s constant promptings for our sanctification. But Our Lord…

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Friendship: What kind of friend are you?

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Not long ago, a student of mine asked me how I view my relationship with Jesus. Do I see Him as a king, a healer, a prophet, or one of many other names that we often attribute to Him? My prompt response at the time was that I see Jesus as a friend, and we’re…

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7 Steps to bring the Liturgical Life Home

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Bringing the Liturgical Life Home It is vital we do all that we can to sanctify our homes and families we have been given charge over. What many family men do not understand is that a great responsibility has been placed directly on their shoulders. You see, the home is another way of saying, “The…

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Looking at “Them” from ‘The Screwtape Letters’

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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a spiritual classic in its own right, though it has only been in publication since 1942. The book is written from the point of view of Screwtape, a demon who is giving advice to Wormwood, a “junior tempter” who is learning how to affect a human soul. Essentially,…

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He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. – TCMS Book Review

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Book Review: He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek, S. J.             I first heard of this book while listening to extra content for the Council of Man. I am pretty confident that it was during the fireside interview with Michael Miley, but with humility on loan from David Niles, I could easily be wrong.…

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