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Feature Stories

A Goal-Driven Life
By Luke Vercollone

Being a professional athlete is something most people can only dream of. But pro-soccer player Luke Vercollone is, as they say, living the dream. And living it well. As he explains in this article, the world of professional sports can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling, but it also has some unique challenges of its own that can sometimes derail an athlete’s personal and spiritual life if he or she isn’t careful. What’s Luke’s secret of success in this arena? Well, as the title of this article says, he seeks to live a goal-driven life, and not just those of the soccer variety. As he explains, striving to put God first in your life is a winning strategy every time.

The Day I Died
By Melanie Pritchard

This is a truly amazing story about a young, pregnant mom who thought she was going in to the hospital for a routine delivery. As you’ll see, her experience was anything but routine. In this article, Melanie shares the dramatic details of what happened to her and how, in the midst of her own life-or-death crisis, God’s grace and mercy sustained her, her newborn child, and her family and friends, who went through heart-breaking anguish at seeing her nearly die. Melanie explains how her own experience of trusting God can be an encouragement for you, when times get tough in your own life.

The Challenges of Being Catholic in College
By Melissa Guerrero-Beltrán

Going to college is a very special time of growth in maturity and for all young men and women who are blessed with this opportunity. The college years are filled with new friends, new knowledge gained in the classroom, and a new and growing sense of responsibility students feel as they prepare to “go out into the world.” Along the way, plenty of challenges and hurdles will appear that need to be surmounted: on the positive side, things like exams, homework, etc., and on the negative side, things like temptations to do things you know you shouldn’t do, etc. But there are other challenges that many Catholic college students experience, and they are challenges to their Faith — everything from their faith in God to their belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. How should they respond to these challenges? In this article, Catholic college student Melissa Guerrero-Beltrán offers her own philosophy of how to deal with them. You may find that her experiences are not that different from yours.

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Persecution of the Church (MPEG Video)

March 16, 2011 by  
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By Patrick Madrid

This 1-hour DVD video presentation, which Marcus Grodi described as “One of the most sobering talks I have ever heard,” Patrick Madrid explores the roots of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico. A vivid and heartwrenching historical overview of the vicious and bloody persecutions inflicted on Catholics in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s, this talk examines how many of the same elements of that persecution against Catholics in Mexico can be seen gathering ominously again today. An important message for all Catholics to hear and heed. This riveting talk was delivered by Patrick Madrid at the 2008 “Deep in History” Conference in Columbus, Ohio, before an audience of approximately 800.
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The Dark Night
of the Soul

March 14, 2011 by  
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By: St. John of the Cross

In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait painted from his own experience of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that St John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls.

With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood dark night of the souls into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens itself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God s glory.

Be not afraid! Dark Night of the Soul, though austere and exacting in its instructions for holy living, is laced with St John s charity and kindness, his love of all things beautiful and sacred- including you.

About the Author:

Born in 1542 in what is now Spain, St John of the Cross entered the Carmelites in 1563 and received Holy Orders four years later. Soon after they met, St Teresa of Avila enlisted him in her efforts to purify the Carmelite Order. When the strict observances of St John s Disclaced (literally shoeless ) Carmelites sparked widespread reform, some disgruntled monks captured, imprisoned, and tortured him. During those nine months and beyond, St John of the Cross endured a dark night of the soul . This and other contemplative experiences inspired his mystical theology and thereby earned him the title Doctor of the Church .

The Mysteries
of Mary

March 14, 2011 by  
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Growing in Faith, Hope and Love with the Mother of God

By: Rev. Fr. Marie Dominique Philippe, O.P.

The Mysteries of Mary shows how the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary is perfectly and intimately identified with that of her Son. It is both a reflection on the most profound moments in Mary s earthly life, from the Immaculate Conception to Cana to Pentecost, and a systematic approach to the doctrine of Mary s spiritual maternity. Mary is the mother of all the faithful because she educates us as a mother, showing us through her example, her life, how we must live the mysteries of faith, hope, and the growth of charity.

The early mysteries of Mary s life show us unswerving faith as Mary s soul and flesh are prepared to receive Jesus in the Nativity of the Lord. Through trial, charity is rooted and grows in Mary s heart, until finally that heart is pierced in the mysteries of sorrow. At last, the hope for the resurrected Lord blossoms in glory. Having endured with her Son the agonies of Calvary, Mary most immediately and fully experiences His return to life indeed, from the first beat of His glorious heart. The mysteries of Mary s life are signs that truly point us to the saving grace of Jesus. Highly recommended to anyone who wishes to imitate Mary through growth in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

About the Author:

Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P., was born in 1912 at Cysoing, in Northern France and entered the Order of Preachers in 1930. He studied theology and philosophy at the Dominican house of studies of Le Saulchoir and at Paris, and was ordained a priest in 1936. He taught philosophy at the Pontifical University of Fribourg, Switzerland, from 1945 to 1982. From 1982 until two months before his death on August 26, 2006, he continued teaching philosophy and theology at the houses of studies of the Congregation of Saint John in France. His published works include studies of Aristotle, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Mystical Theology.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

March 4, 2011 by  
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By St. Ignatius of Loyola

Is it time to take your spiritual pulse, re-orient yourself to your Creator, and seek His guidance to live your faith more seriously? The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola outline the rigorous self-examination and spiritual meditations St. Ignatius set forth. Readers will learn how to make a new beginning on the path to holiness, repenting of their sins and attaining freedom from Satan’s power.

Though St. Ignatius wrote The Spiritual Exercises as a handbook for a four week guided retreat, this edition contains step by step explanations suitable for independent use over any time period.

This is the original TAN edition now with updated typesetting, fresh new cover, new size and quality binding, and the same trusted content.

About the Author

St. Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491 in Guipuzcoa in the Basque country. He was brought up in the household of Ferdinand and Isabella as head treasurer and joined the army in 1517. In 1521, while defending the citadel of Pamplona his leg was broken by a cannon ball and, having nothing to read but the Life of Christ, and the Lives of the Saints during his recuperation, he became inspired to direct his competitive spirit toward heavenly goals. In 1537 after many trials he was ordained a priest and in 1541 founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He died at Rome in 1556, and was canonized in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.

Introduction to
the Devout Life

March 4, 2011 by  
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By St. Francis de Sales

As no sensible person would make a long road trip without first consulting a map, so the person intent upon gaining Heaven should first resort to a competent guide to reach that Goal of all goals. And no better guide to Heaven exists than An Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church. It is at once easy to read, being laid out in short chapters, yet thorough, authoritative, reliable, kind and gentle a mirror of its author. It is a book, moreover, for all, because all are called to the devout life. True devotion to God, the author points out, adorns every vocation. The devout life, moreover, is a lovely, a pleasant, and a happy life. (p. 5)

Addressed as a personal letter to Philothea, the lover of God which genuinely represents the reader the book covers: our first desire to lead a devout life to our full resolution to do so, how we should approach God in prayer and the Sacraments, the practice of 16 important virtues, remedies against ordinary temptations, and becoming confirmed in our practice of devotion. St. Francis says, Devotion is spiritual agility and vivacity, by means of which charity works in us, or we in her, with love and readiness; and as charity leads us to obey and fulfill all God s Commandments, so devotion leads us to obey them with promptitude and diligence. (p. 3)

An Introduction to the Devout Life is a book to be read with pencil in hand. It is a book to be read again and again. It is a book to make your guide for the rest of your life. It goes to the heart of becoming good. Its aim is to help you be rid of sin and even the inclinations to sin. Alone, its 10 brief meditations in Part I will orient you toward God for the rest of your life. No one will come away without being profoundly impressed and without being motivated to enter upon the devout life . . . which leads ultimately to God and to Heaven.

This is the original TAN edition now with updated typesetting, fresh new cover, new size and quality binding, and the same trusted content.

About the Author

St. Francis de Sales was born in 1567 in Savoy, became a doctor of law at the age of 24 at the Jesuit College of Clermont, Paris, and was ordained a priest and stationed in Geneva in 1593. He became bishop of Geneva in 1602. Though known for his great intellect and theological wisdom, he spoke with simplicity and earnestness, so that all could understand.

An Introduction to the Devout Life, his best-loved work, is based on notes he wrote for a cousin for marriage, stressing that sanctity is possible in everyday life.


The Imitation
of Christ

March 4, 2011 by  
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By Thomas a’ Kempis

After the Bible, The Imitation of Christ is the all-time favorite book of Catholics throughout the world. And of the English editions, none can equal this inspiring translation of Bishop Richard Challoner.

This book speaks to the soul of every true Christian, reminding him of the fleeting nature of earthly joy as opposed to the eternity of happiness with God.

The guide of saints since it first appeared in 1418 it was the sole spiritual reading of St. Therese of Lisieux, who loved it and knew it by heart. Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange asserted that the true mysticism of which it speaks is accessible to all, if they are willing to follow the way of humility, the cross, continual prayer, and docility to the Holy Ghost.


The Fathers Know
Best (DVD)

February 14, 2011 by  
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In this presentation, delivered to a capacity audience of 650 people at the 2010 “Deep in History Conference,” Patrick Madrid explains what the early Church Fathers taught regarding the relationship between Scripture, Tradition, and the Church. Among other key points, he quotes the Fathers in their own words to document the fact that they did not hold the view of sola Scriptura in the sense that the Protestant Reformers asserted it.

As patristics scholar Yves Congar, O.P. stated it, the while believing in “a material sufficiency of Scripture, the Fathers and medieval theologians affirmed its formal insufficiency. Scripture, they held, does not itself suffice to yield its true meaning; it must be read within the Church, within Tradition. Scripture itself is sovereign and is not subject to any rule which could judge it. But it does not itself fulfill all the functions that are necessary for fixing the faith of Christians. Moreover, Scripture itself does not claim to be an exclusive rule.”

This hour-long presentation offers an overview of the patristic record which corroborates Fr. Congar’s description.

How to Do Apologetics (MP4 Video)

February 12, 2011 by  
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In this digital downloadable video, veteran Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid explains the basics of how to engage in apologetics with non-Catholics. Drawing on his 24-year history of work in the field of defending the Faith, including numerous public debates with Protestant ministers, Mormon leaders, and other non-Catholic spokesmen, Patrick walks you through the ten key “do’s and don’ts” of defending the Faith.

This professionally filmed seminar at a large parish in San Diego includes teaching on the following themes: 1) Why you should explain and defend the Faith, 2) how to check if your ego is getting in the way, 3) Listening creatively to the arguments non-Catholics raise so you kind discover their real reasons, 4) the proven “secret weapon” for neutralizing “Bible-only” arguments, and much more!

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