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Saints—On Earth and in Heaven

Saint Jude, Our Patron for the Pornography Pandemic

Satan is a killer. Given the chance he will happily kill your marriage, your family, your relationships, your joy, and your faith: “He’s the enemy…avoid him at all costs” (James 4:7). The world is experiencing a health pandemic. However, as Christians and Catholics, I feel that we are experiencing three pandemics simultaneously: COVID-19, anxiety, and…

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Sweet Surrender: The Gift of My Consecration to the Blessed Mother

I’ve read often in recovery literature that surrender is essential to healing from our addictions. But it always frightened me. Surrender felt like giving up—it felt like admitting I can’t do it on my own.  Guess what? I can’t do it on my own. Even just typing that sentence was difficult but lately I’ve found…

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Patrons and Saints to Pray to for Addiction Recovery

It seems we Catholics have a patron saint for just about everything. But have you ever wondered if there is a patron saint for addiction? My research uncovered several. Hopefully, one of these will resonate with you. Perhaps the best-known patron saint for addiction is Saint Maximillian Mary Kolbe (1894-1941).  Saint Max, as he is…

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Simple Advice for When We Question God’s Love for Us

One of my local churches has recently distributed signs stating very simply, “We all have questions.”  Sometimes we question the very existence of God. Sometimes we question His nature: is He truly all powerful? Omnipresent? All knowing? All merciful? All loving? Can He really be concerned with every hair on our heads? Does He actually…

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A Step One Reflection: Relinquishing Our Self-Appointed Kingship

Step One: We admitted that we were powerless over [ ] – that our lives had become unmanageable. I like to say I walked into overeaters anonymous looking for help with my “diet” problems and walked away with something else entirely. Step One was a jarring experience for me. I found it much harder than…

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Driving Miss Dorothy

I write this amidst the serenity of the Prince of Peace Abbey monastery in Oceanside, CA. My eyelids feel a bit heavier than usual this evening, seemingly bearing the weight and pressure of some emotional exhaustion. A dear friend, Dorothy Byrne, who passed away on May 7, 2014, sent me here. Earlier today I had…

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