“Catholic Spiritual Practices” Is a Tool Kit for Prayer

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"The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace.”  --Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of CharityWhen I was invited to review a book on “Catholic Spiritual Practices” for the Patheos Book Club, how could I say no?  It was an opportunity, I realized, to grow in intimacy with God during this Advent season:  to deepen my faith and to rest in silence near the heart of the Father. … [Read more...]

Rooted in Love: Tools and Inspiration for Catholic Women

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Sometimes for a woman, the Urgent is the enemy of the Important. Amid the cacophony of family life—the homework, the laundry, the dishes, the after-school football practice—it’s a temptation for a mother to simply overlook the really important part of her day, her relationship with Christ.  For the 75 percent of American women who also work outside the home, the challenge is compounded by the distraction of daily job pressures.Whatever a woman’s station in life—single, married with child … [Read more...]

From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: A Former Evangelical Learns to Love the Catholic Church

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Chris Haw’s journey—from lukewarm Catholicism, into earnest Evangelicalism, and finally to a renewed and vigorous Catholic faith—is a familiar one.Like Chris, I too was raised in a Catholic home but was drawn away from the Catholic faith in early adulthood.  Peer pressure, lack of understanding, personal pride, and the tumultuous ‘60s came together in a perfect storm of  dissent—and for a number of years, I scarcely looked back at the 2,000-year-old tradition I’d left behind.When I did ex … [Read more...]


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