Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fighting demons while you sleep

I used to have spiritual warfare dreams. For what seemed like hours, I would dream that a demon was trying to attack me. To repel him, I had to say, “In the name of Jesus, be gone!” Then he would … Continue reading

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Finding patterns in the Bible

Last week for homeschool we did a narration of the Transfiguration. While reading the story aloud, I had an epiphany: it echoes the story of Moses receiving the 10 Commandments. I shared the parallel between the two stories with my … Continue reading

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3 ways to increase your trust in God

  Do you ever feel stuck in your spiritual life? Are you frustrated with yourself for breaking your resolutions, continuing to struggle with sin while professing to love God? Do you dislike going to Confession? Are you sometimes a bit of … Continue reading

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Are you making a daily morning offering?

  St. Francis de Sales is the master of the spiritual life for lay people. His book, Introduction to the Devout Life teaches us how we can grow closer to God while living out our lives as spouses or single … Continue reading

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Falling asleep during prayer

  If you are a parent trying to grow in holiness, you have no doubt fallen asleep in prayer. Among nursing babies, sick toddlers, wet beds, and waiting up for teenagers, parents spend years being sleep deprived. Then we go … Continue reading

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Homeschool narrations and Christian prayer

Many homeschool families make narrations a part of their curriculum. With a narration, a child retells in his own words what he has read, recalling as many details as he can. Narrations replace comprehension questions and workbook pages. You can … Continue reading

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3 conversions of the purgative way

  Going through old files today, I came across a Secular Carmelite newsletter from 1997. In it our community’s spiritual director wrote about the three stages of conversion in the purgative way. His source was Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s Spiritual Passages: … Continue reading

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Read my author interview at Smashwords

For those of you who are eager to find out more details of the book I’m working on, I have completed an author interview at Smashwords. You will learn what inspired me to write Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints … Continue reading

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