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028: Part 2 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion

I told you it was good. Part one of my interview with Mike Aquilina about his book Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Our Lady Through the Ages was awesome. The conclusion is even better. You’ve got to hear Mike because he really gets fired up showing how even heretics and atheists understood early Christian devotion […]

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015: Exploring The Mystery of Redemptive Suffering with Jeff Cavins

You can have all the money in the world, but you can’t buy suffering insurance. Doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic, Protestant, Pagan or Martian. Everybody experiences it. And when Jesus offered himself back to the Father for our sake, he didn’t merely deal with the consequences of sin. Rather, he […]

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How To Identify And Crush Your Predominant Fault!

Cue the Darth Vader theme music. It’s time to conclude our discussion of the greatest spiritual obstacle few of us want to dwell upon (or even know about). In my last post I forced us all to consider our Big Kahuna of sin, our Grand Poobah of iniquity – our […]

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011: Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic – David Currie

Paul got knocked off his high horse (maybe). Augustine heard a voice say “take and read.” David Currie got a catalog. The Lord moves us to conversion in mysterious ways. If you’re thinking “a catalog doesn’t seem like the most interesting of manners in which to convert”, you’re wrong. I love this conversion […]

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007: The Joys (& Challenges) of Family Life w/ Brandon McGinely

Everybody comes from some kind of family. Some are good. Some are bad. Most are crazy in some way or another. Regardless, family is the building block of all society because our families image the family of God. And as we all know, families are under attack. In fact, one […]

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How Devoted Are You?

How badly do you want it? How badly do you want God? 7. Perseverance – The seventh of St. Peter Alcantara’s steps to deep devotion we’ve been discussing from Finding God Through Meditation is perseverance. Many of our biblical heroes were masters of perseverance (almost to the point of annoyance). Abraham, the […]

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