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Venerable Matthew Talbot Conversion Story ┬áVENERABLE MATT TALBOT RESOURCE CENTER - December 18, 2014 http://venerablematttalbotresourcecenter.blogspot.com/2014/12/venerable-matthew-talbot-conversion.html

The Joy of Belonging to the Lord SENSE OF THE SACRED - December 16, 2014 ... bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels." This joy is not the happiness of winning a million dollars which eventually will be spent and exhausted. It is the joy of being presented in marriage (the joy of a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, the joy of a bride bedecked with her jewels) – this is the joy of knowing that I am loved, the joy of knowing that I belong to someone. I am loved not just by anyone. I am loved by someone who is great, one whose ...http://senseofthesacred.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-joy-of-belonging-to-lord.html

Advent and Intentional Healing DA MIHI ANIMAS - December 10, 2014 ... examine your conscience, are there areas in your life where you feel stuck in habitual sin? Human nature is fallen but we are not helpless. Fallen man is self-centered; we orbit around ourselves instead of around God; and in this state we are in "enemy" territory. Satan is the Tempter (1 Thes. 3-5); and as he originated the fall of man, so he still directly influences us to reject grace and commit sin. This is his ordinary mode of action (1 John 3:8-10). The ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-and-intentional-healing.html

If God Didn't Exist, What Would You Do? SHAMELESS POPERY - December 8, 2014 Antonello da Messina, Mary of the Annunciation (detail) (1475) If you could "get away with" any sin or sins that you wanted, what would you do? That is, imagine that God could somehow be distracted, that you didn't have to worry about sin offending Him or being punished. Or alternatively, imagine that God didn't exist: what would you do? You don't have to tell me, obviously, but I want you to think about these questions seriously. Because while I don't need ...http://catholicdefense.blogspot.com/2014/12/if-god-didnt-exist-what-would-you-do.html

Book Review: Loved As I Am SPIRITUAL WOMAN - December 7, 2014 ... addiction, or feels unloved and/or unlovable. Sr. Miriam James Heidland, a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, has experienced a great deal in her nearly forty years of life. Adopted as an infant, she felt abandoned by her birth parents. A victim of sexual abuse, she kept silent and felt shamed, turning to alcohol to ease the pain. In college, she lived a life of drinking, parties, and men, until a kind priest reached out to her. As Sr. Miriam writes, ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/SPBgN/~3/5lkAJegcO0w/book-review-loved-as-i-am.html

Signs of the Times: Exorcists, Pornography, Alienated Youth and the Immaculate Conception MUSINGS OF A PERTINACIOUS PAPIST - December 7, 2014 Father Eduard Perrone, " A Pastor's Descant " [temporary URL] (Assumption Grotto News, December 7, 2014): As if the addiction itself were not bad enough, there are, according to a bonafide exorcist, some pornography sites that have had a curse put on them, to the effect that those who view them become inextricably addicted to them. This is somewhat reminiscent of the alleged practice of some of the more perverse rock - and - roll groups whose musical albums have had ...http://pblosser.blogspot.com/2014/12/signs-of-times-exorcists-pornography.html

Monday, December 8, 2014 FR. CARMEN MELE, O.P.: TODAY'S HOMILETTE - December 5, 2014 ... juveniles not be stigmatized the rest of their lives. However, the article may provide some benefit to Catholic readers by giving them more reason to celebrate the Immaculate Conception. Today's feast highlights Jesus' coming to free humanity of sin. The first reading shows how sin began and continues to happen. The second speaks of God's plan to liberate humans from sin's curse, and the gospel begins the drama of Jesus' victory over ...http://cbmdominicanpreacher.blogspot.com/2014/12/monday-december-8-2014.html

In Need DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU! (JN 2:5) - November 29, 2014 ... north when the days are getting shorter. There is less daylight to see things. We get sleepy earlier and tend to think the day ends sooner. The busy-ness and anxieties of life, and our own sins, can equally make us drowsy to the Lord's coming. Advent urges us that the darker it becomes, the more eager we are to keep vigil, to stay awake, to look for the Lord's coming and for a light that shatters the darkness. In Advent we admit that when the Lord came into our world at the darkest hour of the ...http://frmitchel.blogspot.com/2014/11/homily-1st-sunday-of-advent-b-30.html

Gay and Catholic AGGIE CATHOLICS - November 5, 2014 ... how to pray 500 different novenas. God doesn't just love those we are comfortable with. The truth is God is extravagant with His love and if we are called to be more like God, so are we! Tushnet's book helped me see a blindspot in my call to love others. Too often I subconsciously write off many who identify as gay as opponents rather than brothers and sisters who have their very being stamped with God's own heart. Too often I want to put those who are gay in a safe box, where I can either ...http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2014/11/gay-and-catholic.html

5 Ways to Practice Conversion DA MIHI ANIMAS - October 20, 2014 ... addictions that enslaved, abuses either physical, emotional, social or moral—all of these must be brought to the Lord for a deep healing and conversion. One short but powerful suggestion: The Word of God! The Word of God is powerful like a two-edged sword that separates bone from marrow. The daily reading of the Word of God in prayerful meditation can result in the conversion of the mind. One more step: memorize Sacred Scripture! If you like this analogy: what chlorine is and does to a ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/10/5-ways-to-practice-conversion.html

10 Issues With the Media's Narrative About Catholicism & The Synod on Marriage & Family AGGIE CATHOLICS - October 13, 2014 http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2014/10/10-issues-with-medias-narrative-about.html

That's What I've Always Said ... Once Again - Fr. Z at His Best. ABBEY ROADS - October 7, 2014 ... friendship is based on charity and truth. The true spiritual friend seeks what is best for the other - wholeness, virtue, holiness, culminating in eternal salvation. Father brings up the argument posed by the near occasion of sin. This supposes, as Father said, the friends lack control, Father corrects that notion pointing out that human beings are not brutal animals who have no control over their appetites. That is absolutely correct. Unless the person has some sort of sexual ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2014/10/thats-what-ive-always-said-once-again.html

Active Addiction - A Form of Gluttony ┬áVENERABLE MATT TALBOT RESOURCE CENTER - September 28, 2014 ... drink. It's okay for babies, but we're supposed to outgrow the need for comfort food, and we shouldn't need to rely on inebriation of alcohol or the false high of drugs to find the peace and happiness we long for. To put it plainly, the glutton seeks in food, alcohol or drugs the comfort, and sense of well being and happiness that he should find in a strong relationship with God and a life of true goodness, truth and beauty. That is why the lively virtue that counters the deadly vice of ...http://venerablematttalbotresourcecenter.blogspot.com/2014/09/active-addiction-form-of-gluttony.html

To the Young: Yes to Acceptance and Solidarity VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - September 21, 2014 ... 'No' to the idolatry of money, 'No' to the false freedom of individualism, 'No' to addiction and to violence; say 'Yes' to a culture of encounter and of solidarity, 'Yes' to the beauty that is inseparable from the good and the true; 'Yes' to a life lived with great enthusiasm and at the same time faithful in little things. In this way, you will build a better Albania and a better world". Before the Angelus prayer, the Pope invoked the Virgin Mary, venerated in Albania above ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/09/to-young-yes-to-acceptance-and.html

Religion As a Force for God PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - September 15, 2014 http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2014/07/religion-as-force-for-god.html

Catholics Addicted to Outrage Porn AND SOMETIMES TEA - September 8, 2014 http://redcardigan.blogspot.com/2014/09/catholics-addicted-to-outrage-porn.html

The Science of Porn - What Happens to Your Brain & Body AGGIE CATHOLICS - September 2, 2014 ... ADDICTION: *Porn is more addictive than cocaine or heroin. SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE: *it isn't as widely accepted as some might make you think. 76% of U.S. adults disagree that viewing hardcore adult pornography on the internet is morally acceptable;" 74% disagree that "viewing hardcore adult pornography on the Internet provides, generally, harmless entertainment;" MEN: *According to a survey published in the Journal of the American Psychological Association , 86% of men are likely ...http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-science-of-internet-porn-what.html

7 Things You Need to Know About the Catholic Church AGGIE CATHOLICS - September 1, 2014 http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2014/09/7-things-you-need-to-know-about.html

Something About Fr. Z ... ABBEY ROADS - August 31, 2014 ... direction. - Read the post here . As St. John of the Cross once said: "[T]he holier the confessor, the gentler he is, and the less he is scandalized at other people's faults, because he understands man's weak condition ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2014/08/something-about-fr-z.html