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Mar
22
How to be Holy – Podcast Interview with Dr. Peter Kreeft
Posted by Ian on 22 March 2016 05:19 AM
You all know how the Bible says “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”, right?
Actually, it doesn’t. That is a quote popularize by Sir Francis Bacon, Anglican and anti-Catholic.
What the Bible does say is that we are all to strive for holiness.
And there is the rub. Being holy isn’t easy. Heck, sticking with your Lenten resolutions may sometimes seem like an insurmountable challenge.
And yet, if you want to get to Heaven, holiness is a pretty important requirement.
So what should you do?
You could get a library of books by spiritual masters:
  • Dark Night of the Soul
  • Spiritual Combat
  • Interior Castle
  • Story of a Soul
  • Imitation of Christ
  • Abandonment to Divine Providence
While I think you should eventually read many or all of these books, they may not be the best starting point on your quest for holiness.
Instead, I recommend a book by Peter Kreeft. Dr. Kreeft has been writing books for you and me for decades.
  • He’s shown how You can understand the Bible
  • He’s summarized the Summa for non-Thomists
  • He’s explained Angels (and Demons)
  • He’s taught beginners like us how to pray
How to be Holy
In his latest book, How to Be Holy – First Steps in Becoming a Saint Dr. Kreeft explains:
  • the meaning of life.
  • why belief doesn’t make us holy (and what does).
  • the main obstacle to holiness and how to overcome it.
  • how to “get back to nature” – the right way.
  • why you can’t bypass suffering if you want to be holy.

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Mar
2

Contemplative prayer is not easy. Even people who you would expect to be “professionals” at contemplative prayer, nuns and priests, say that you can’t every get really good at it.

The Contemplative Hunger
The Contemplative Hunger

If that’s the case, why should we even try? Father Haggerty talks with me about the importance of contemplative prayer for everyone.

 

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Feb
16
Thieves. Gang members. Drug dealers. Evangelists.
Posted by Ian on 16 February 2016 04:25 AM

Meet the St. Paul Street Evangelizers. Started by Steve Dawson, the street evangelizers have spent the last four years spreading the gospel on street corners around the world.

The evangelists are regular Catholics committed to sharing the Good News. But some of them took a little extra grace to get there. The stories in Catholic Street Evangelizers are stories of divine intervention, conversion and reaching out to those in need.

Listen as I talk with Steve Dawson about:

  • The origins of St. Paul Street Evangelizers
  • The training you have to go through to get involved (it’s easier than you think)
  • The amazing stories of some of its members (you’ll need to get the book for most of them)
  • What happened when one of the evangelizers went to meet with the head of a gang in Chicago.

Catholic Street Evangelization - Stories of Conversion and Witness

For the next week, save 20% on an inspiring book that reads like pulp fiction – except that it’s true:

  • The gang leader shot nine times who now hands out Miraculous Medals
  • The murderer who found forgiveness and now shares the Good News
  • The family that found a renewed zeal for the Faith because of a Baptist boyfriend
  • How teens in Flint, Michigan are spreading the Faith and praying for hundreds of intentions a week

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Feb
9

How do you find true healing for traumatic events in your life? Burying the memories only leads to more pain down the road.

Dawn Eden has been reflecting on this topic for many years as she is a survivor of child abuse. Her book, My Peace I Give You addresses this topic specifically.

In her new book, Dawn looks at the broader topics of healing and peace and how she found both through prayer. Prayer is about remembering – both the blessings in the past and pain from the past so that you can see how God is working in your life today.

Dawn uses stories from Pope Francis’ life as well as St. Peter Faber’s writings to show how we can all experience true healing in Christ.

Listen to the full interview and get a copy of Dawn’s new book Remembering God’s Mercy at 20% off through 2/16.

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Feb
2
Living the Divine Mercy for Moms – New Aquinas and More Podcast
Posted by Ian on 02 February 2016 04:00 AM

Living the Divine Mercy and carrying out works of mercy as a mom with smaller children can be a challenge. Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet have written a practical guide for moms full of ideas for doing works of mercy as a family.

Listen to our interview and also get some tips on what to do for Lent. We’re only eight days away!

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Divine Mercy for Moms - Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina

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Jan
26
A Special Devotion for Your Lent
Posted by Ian on 26 January 2016 07:48 AM

The Stations of the Cross are the Lenten devotion. Why not combine them with reflections on the Eucharist?

Stations of the Cross With the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is a wonderful devotional to pray before or after Mass. Listen as I talk with Father James Kubicki, director of the Apostleship of Prayer, about this new Lenten resource.

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Stations of the Cross with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
Stations of the Cross with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

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