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Integrated Catholic Life

“The most fundamental basis of our spiritual life is the recognition that we are creatures and that God is our Creator. To prefer a creature to the Creator has made us prefer a lesser good.”  Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D. offers a clear and yet profound post on understanding those attachments which come between us and God and how to get rid of them.  As we reflect and pray on the subject of this post, do we more fully understand the “attachments” coming between us and our Creator?

Have You a Fallen Away From Your Catholic Faith

If your a catholic who has fallen from your faith, please come home. Go to www,catholicscomehome.org and explore the site even watch some commercials you may have seen on tv. Not only would I like to see you on Sunday Jesus would Love to see you also. The Eucharist is there, the true presance of Our LORD. He is waitine to see you so come home.It does not matter how many times you fail Him His forgiveness is always given. God loves you and wants to shower you with His many blessings.

What is the name of our God?Love, Mercy…St.John of Kronstadt

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xristosJesus Christ, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is an unfathomable abyss of love to men.
Everywhere you see love, everywhere you breathe the fragrance of love.Our God is the God of love.His kingdom is the kingdom of love.
Love calms and agreeably expands the heart and vivifies it, whilst hatred painfully contracts and disturbs it. Those who hate others torture and tyrannise themselves
Every beauty in this world (personal beauty) is only a faint, insignificant shadow of the uncreated beauty, of the unspeakable goodness of God’s face; every earthly enjoyment is nothing in comparison to future delights.
I pray, Lord, that the faith of Christ may penetrate into the depths of my heart, that Christ’s Gospel may penetrate all my thoughts, feelings, words, and deeds, into all my bones and my brains, and not me only, but all men, as the universal truth, the highest wisdom…

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“Mondays with Mary” – My Favorite Marian Title

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Anyone that reads these weekly posts should know that I have a pretty intense devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. My relationship completely changed with her after a class in graduate school at Franciscan. In a few months, I will be celebrating the second anniversary of “Mondays with Mary” and it’s been my hope that these blog posts have been a teaching tool so Catholics can come to love the Blessed Mother as the faithful have over the centuries as well as understand the rich theological traditions the Catholic Church has when it comes to Mariology. It’s an important aspect of theology and it should be studied.

I have written on this topic before, but since the Marian title, Theotokos, is my favorite for the Blessed Virgin Mary, I wanted to share with you Homily IV preached by St. Cyril Alexandria at the Council of Ephesus. To learn…

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The Heart of St. Francis de Sales

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In the following excerpts, St. Francis de Sales describes a vigorous, faithful, confident heart:

“I see you with your vigorous heart which loves and wills powerfully. I like it, for what are those half-dead hearts good for? We must make a particular exercise once every week of willing to love the will of God more tenderly, more affectionately than anything in the world, and that, too, not only in bearable but in the most unbearable events.”

“Do not think that our Lord is further from you in the midst of turmoil. . . . It is not tranquility which brings Him to our hearts, but the fidelity of our love.”

“Keep your hearts well under control, beware of over-anxiety. Place your confidence in the providence of our Lord. Be fully convinced that heaven and earth shall pass away rather than that our Lord shall fail to protect you while you…

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Marriage: For His Glory

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Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour.  Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,  in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word,  so as to present the church to himself in splendour, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.  In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He…

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