Saint Helen: A recommended book, Evelyn Waugh’s Helena

Today is the feast day of Saint Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great. She is the matriarch of Christian Europe and the finder of the one true Cross of Christ in Jerusalem. Here’s a post I wrote before on how Saint Helen found the original cross: it’s a great story.

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I’m particularly obsessed with Saint Helena and Constantine because I’m polishing my historical young-adult novel on Saint George, which includes the likes of Saint George, Saint Christopher, Saint Nicholas, Saint Helen, Constantine, et al. It’s the story of Saint George’s coming of age, virtue, and martyrdom (and yes it has a great dragon in it).

It’s a fun novel for young adults and adults. Look for it on amazon after Thanksgiving!

One book that inspired me in particular was Evelyn Waugh’s historical fiction novel Helena. Waugh took the historical early 4th century and fictionalized it. He’s known for his acclaimed bestseller Brideshead Revisited, but I dare say that his Helena is as good as, if not better than Brideshead. Helana novel is a history lesson and entertainment all rolled into one. If you’re looking for a great novel with Christian themes, please read Waugh’s Helena.

Blurb from book:

Evelyn Waugh, author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller Brideshead Revisited and one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, considered Helena to be perhaps his finest novel. Based on the life of St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine and finder of the true cross, this spiritual adventure brings to life the political intrigues of ancient Rome and the early years of Christianity.

Helena is the intelligent, horse-mad daughter of a British chieftain who is suddenly betrothed to the warrior who becomes the Roman emperor Constantius. She spends her life seeking truth in the religions, mythologies, and philosophies of the declining ancient world. This she eventually finds in Christianity—and literally in the Cross of Christ.

Here’s the link to the book in amazon.com: Waugh’s novel Helena. Enjoy it!

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What’s your favorite piece of religious art? Vierge Consolatrice by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

What’s your favorite piece of religious art?

I tend to gravitate toward Marian art.

My favorite religious artist is William-Adolphe Bouguereau. His depictions of Our Lady are not just sentimentally pretty. His brushstrokes are powerful and delicate. Perhaps his power and delicacy is what mirrors Mary’s delicate power so accurately. I can imagine graces flowing through his fingertips, into the bristles of the brush and spreading over the canvas.

Vierge Consolatrice by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Here’s my favorite painting by Bouguereau. It brings tears. I think it’s the most powerful Catholic painting of all time:

Vierge Consolatrice

Vierge Consolatrice by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

It’s the Vierge Consolatrice in French or “Virgin Consolatrix.” She is the Consolatress. I try not to look at this painting too much because it overwhelms me.

A mother casts her depressed frame on the lap of Mary. She is still young. She is still pretty. Her dead three-year-old lies pale and cold on the floor. She wears a dark dress of mourning, but she is unveiled and tormented. Bare foot and bare armed. Her breasts are directed to the baby she suckled (knowing Bouguereau’s style and personality, this detail is intentional).

You might expect Mary to be whispering quietly into the ear of the distraught mother. You might expect for Mary to be petting the hair of the tormented woman. Instead, the Mother of God has an expression on her face that I have seen a few times on my wife’s face and upon the countenance of other impressive and powerful women.

The expression is mixture between the rage of a mama bear and the tenderness of a school girl. I’ve seen this look on my wife’s face when her baby is hurt very badly and something needs to be done now. Purity blended with power. Bouguereau is so good, it almost looks like a photograph.

Vierge Consolatrice, her face

This expression is the female face of power. Her eyes. Her mouth. It looks like an angry compassion, but completely calm. She says with her face, “This has to stop right now and nobody on earth, and no demon, and no creature better get in my way. “My little one needs me.”

Her hands are raised to Christ. You can tell what she is paying: “My Son. Bring comfort.”

Of course, Mary watched her innocent Son die cruelly outside of Jerusalem. She is the perfect lap to cry on.

The face is incredible but there are a few more details to note:

Vierge Consolatrice

  • Mary is wearing a dark color that matches the mother’s dress of mourning.
  • Mary’s foot seems to be touching the child - a moment of connection.
  • The roses seem to have fallen from the hands of the mother. These are prayers of the mother to Mary that have fallen upon the child.
  • The child is spread out on (or in) the mantle of Mary.
  • The inscription beneath the child reads: Mater Afflictorum or Mother of the Afflicted

The artist by these symbols is saying that the child is saved and protected even though the mother cannot see it. The child is in the fold of Mary’s mantle and covered with roses. The child is in bliss. The mother is the focus of the Virgin’s prayers.

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NFP and Serious Reasons…What are these reasons?

Do you need a reason to morally practice NFP or Naturally Family Planning? My post about the sinfulness of contraception and sterilization (Read: 6 Reasons Why Contraception is Sinful) stirred up some comments about natural family planning (NFP). Some have claimed that NFP is abused just as much as artificial contraception. So today we’ll look at NFP and the Catholic Church’s serious reasons or just causes for NFP.

In this post we’ll look at the teaching of Pope Pius XII and Pope Paul VI on the reasons for NFP. I’ll also share some personal thoughts about it all.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a popular contemporary term for “periodic continence.” NFP works by observing the cycles of a wife’s fertility (charting oral temperatures, measuring cycle length, and journaling interior fertility signs), and then avoiding the nuptial embrace during her times of fertility so as to avoid pregnancy. In NFP, the husband and wife abstain from the nuptial embrace altogether during the time of the wife’s monthly fertility (usually 7-12 days).

1943 FILE PHOTO OF POPE PIUS XII

Pope Pius XII Who Gave Us the”Serious Reasons”

The Church allows married couples to practice periodic continence only for what the church calls “serious” or “just” reasons. These reasons were listed by Pope Pius XII in his “Address to the Italian Catholic Union of Midwives” from 1951. Granted, a popes address to “Italian midwives” is low on the the pole when it comes to magisterial statements. It’s not a universal statement. Nevertheless, it’s helpful to begin our investigation here.

Pope Pius XII NFP Serious List (1951)

Pope Pius XII’s list from his “Address to the Italian Catholic Union of Midwives” in 1951:

Serious motives, such as those which not rarely arise from medical, eugenic, economic and social so-called “indications,” may exempt husband and wife from the obligatory, positive debt for a long period or even for the entire period of matrimonial life.”

Pope Pius XII gives us these four reasons:

  1. Medical reasons
  2. Eugenic reasons
  3. Economic reasons
  4. Social “indicator” reasons

Pope Paul VI NFP Serious List (1968)

paul_vi_-_official_portraitSeventeen years later, the serious reasons (seriis causis) were repeated by Pope Paul VI in his groundbreaking encyclical Humanae Vitae.

With regard to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised by those who prudently and generously decide to have more children, and by those who, for serious reasons and with due respect to moral precepts (seriis causis moralibusque praeceptis observatis), decide not to have additional children for either a certain or an indefinite period of time.” (HV 10).

Here Pope Paul VI mentions “serious reasons” (seriis causis) with four kinds of conditions:

  1. Physical conditions
  2. Economic conditions
  3. Psychological conditions
  4. Social conditions

It seems that Pope Paul VI has in mind the four reasons listed by Pope Pius XII with the additional help of “psychological” and the omission of “eugenic.” However, we can discern that medical, eugenic, and psychological belong to the one “medical” genus of reason/condition/cause.

I think we can simplify the lists of both pontiffs without doing injustice to either.

NFP Serious Reasons List: Simplified and Harmonized

  1. Physical conditions (including “Medical” and “Eugenic”)
  2. Economic conditions
  3. Social conditions

Note that NFP or “periodic continence” in itself is morally neutral since observing a woman’s cycle and remaining continent are morally neutral. Therefore, NFP is not intrinsically evil. Artificial contraception (condoms, the pill, interuptus) are intrinsically evil because they directly intervene in the natural process. Artificial contraception obstructs the natural act either through devices, chemicals, or direction intervention. So then, NFP can be used when there is a proper “serious” circumstance, and the Holy Father provides four such circumstances. Let’s go through these four grave reasons.

1. Physical (Medical and Eugenic) Medical reasons for NFP would prudently weigh whether the mother’s life is in jeopardy or whether a circumstance would endanger the newly conceived child’s life (eg, the mother is going through chemotherapy or other treatment that would damage or kill a newly conceived baby). In regard to serious medical reasons, Pope Paul VI, in Humanae Vitae n. 16, also spoke of “reasonable grounds for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological condition of husband or wife.”

The Catholic Church recognizes tat psychological problems are serious. This might include not only the mother’s mental health, but also the father’s mental health. If either parent is depressed, schizophrenic, suicidal, etc. parents should prayerfully delay pregnancy “with due respect to moral precepts.” For more on “Catholic parent mental break down,” please check out my post on GBS: George Bailey Syndrome.

With regard to what Pius XII calls “eugenics,” if the couple would pass on dangerous birth defects or perhaps has a history of serial miscarriages, then parents might prayerfully delay pregnancy “with due respect to moral precepts.” Jennifer Fulwiler has an excellent post on NFP and her own personal experience with NFP, medical problems, her babies, and “hope vs. risk.”

2. Economic (Poverty and Debt) Economic reasons touch on whether the married couple is too poor to provide for a new child. Obviously, an economic “serious reason” does not to the inability to pay for fishing boats, fancy prep schools, a new hunting rifle, or Lilly Pulitzer diaper bags. We’re talking about falling below the poverty line within one’s culture. There is no point in comparing poverty in one nation to poverty in another. It depends on where you live. A family earning $20,000 in the United States would be “rich” in Indonesia – but they don’t live in Indonesia. They live in America! American parents must buy minivans, pay the mortgage, buy clothes, etc. in America at American prices. So we shouldn’t say, “Even poor Americans are richer than central Africans, therefore, poor Americans can’t have recourse to NFP.

If a married couple are subsisting on government assistance, then they should delay pregnancy “with due respect to moral precepts.” There is one element missing from today’s discussion on Catholic marriage and family and that is debt.

Financial debt is a grave evil. The Bible often speaks of the danger of personal debt:

“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)

Young people often entangle themselves in debt, and I personally believe that debt is the #1 reason for young people today avoid marriage. If 25-year old Tom has $18,000 in credit card debt and $45,000 in college debt, and 22-year old Sally has $5,000 in credit card debt and $52,000 in college debt, then they would begin their married life with $120,000 of debt! That doesn’t even include a mortgage. It’s a difficult subject, but my personal belief is that priest should not marry people with large debt amounts.

We don’t allow people to enter the priesthood or religious orders with stacks of debt, why then should we allow people to enter into a the sacrament of marriage burdened with debt. It’s hard to fulfill the vocation of having a large Catholic family if you begin with piles of debt. Nevertheless, some financially prudent couples find themselves drowning in debt for no fault of their own – often with insurmountable medical expenses for themselves or for their children. This is an economic evil and such families might consider the delaying pregnancy through NFP.

3. Social (Upheaval and Persecution) The Holy Father refers here to social disorder. Social disorder doesn’t include, “the Democrats won the Presidency again.” Social disorder refers to serious problems in which raising children would be almost impossible: Concentration Camps. Religious persecution. Forced relocation. Famines. Living under China’s one child policy.

The growth of a family presumes a natural habitat for the family to flourish. When this habitat is removed or destroyed, it is not prudent to introduce children into the world. If a Chinese mother must worry about forced abortions for her next pregnancy, clearly this is a serious cause! No one would fault her for using NFP.

My Thoughts on the “Big Catholic Family”

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Disclaimer: We have seven children. Do I ever get nervous about having more? Yes, I do. Does the thought of ten children sometimes scare me? Yes, it does. However, I try to make a trustful surrender of my will to God’s will. When we had five children, all we had to be reminded of is the fact that St Thomas Aquinas was number six in his family. St Therese de Lisieux (Doctor of the Church) was the ninth of nine children. St Gabriel Possenti (patron of handgun owners!) was number 11. St Catherine of Sienna (Doctor of the Church) was number 23! We should be grateful to these saints, but also to their parents who were sacrificial in their generosity.

Saint Pius X was number 2 of 9 children. So, yes, it can be worrisome and scary. Yet God will always equip you with new graces. Earthly life is short. Eternal life is everlasting. Can you imagine having the everlasting glory in heaven for having been the parent of St Therese of Lisieux? What joy her parents must now experience. St Basil the Elder and his wife St Emelia had nine children – five of which are canonized saints! So you never know. Trustful surrender. It won’t be easy, but it will be full of joy – both in this life and in the world to come!

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#045: Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? [Podcast]

My goal this week is to take a look at the Evangelical Protestant teaching “once saved always saved.” Once upon a time when I was an Evangelical, I believed in this teaching. It basically holds that once you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you can do nothing to lose it.

Catholic Christians don’t believe this. So today we will look at the key Bible verses related to this teaching. It’s going to be fun!

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040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
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Do Muslims Worship the Same God as Christians? Debate over Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium and the Catechism

Do Muslims worship the same God as Christians?

For Catholics, the issue is complicated because the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Second Vatican Council explicitly state that Muslims “together with us they adore the one, merciful God.” This text can be one of the must frustrating and confusing passages in the entire Catechism.

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Catholic Confusion about Muslim Worship and Faith

I know Catholics who publicly say that the Catechism and the documents of Vatican II are not magisterial because of this so-called “blunder” about Muslims worshipping God. Moreover, I have met Protestants of good-will who will not become Catholic because of this Catholic teaching about Muslims supposedly already knowing God.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, I have also heard some people assert that “since Vatican 2 teaches that Muslims already adore God, we don’t have to evangelize them. They are already saved.”

I’ll address all these errors and show how “Muslim adoration” statements in Vatican II and the Catechism fit in to the orthodox tradition of Catholic magisterial teaching.

I’m going to outline a nuanced answer to this question based on how Thomas Aquinas understands

#044: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about find the joy of your salvation. Psalm 51:12 says “Restore to me the joy of your salvation,” but how does this happen?

The good news is that the Bible presupposes that we can and sometimes do lose the “joy of our salvation.” So it’s absolutely key to understanding “joy” in the context of “salvation.”

To make this podcast even more “joyful,” my beautiful wife Joy will be co-hosting today!

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038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
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036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
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Are you Born Again? How do you answer this question?

“Are you born again?”

How would you answer this question?

As a Catholic, it’s always a toughie.

When someone (that someone is always an Evangelical Protestant Christian) asks me this question, “Taylor, are you born again,” he is usually asking this question:

Taylor, did you have a moment in your life when you suddenly realized that you were a sinner and that you were on the road to hell and then by God’s grace you believed with all your heart that Jesus is your personal Lord and Savior and that by trusting in Him, all your sins are washed away?”

In other words, did I ever have a “darkness to light” moment.

Catholic “Born Again”: Is it Just Baptism or Something More?

Now the smart aleck Catholic response goes like this,

Leftwing or Rightwing Catholic? (and some book recommendations)

Are you a “leftwing Catholic” or a “rightwing Catholic”?

Both the secular media and voices in the Church seek to attach the political labels to parties within the Catholic Church.

This is a false vision of the Faith, because it assumes “moderates” in the middle who are just peachy.

Instead, we have a deposit of Faith, once for all delivered to the Apostles and passed down. It’s not a left/right spectrum but a percentage. You either hold 100% to this deposit of faith or you hold to it in a lesser degree.

The reason people focus left/right is because the identify left/right political positions to levels of dissent within the Catholic ranks.

For example, if a Catholic holds to the Church’s teaching on contraception/abortion/sexuality then he is labeled “rightwing.” But if a Catholic holds to the Church’s teaching on social justice/just wages, she is labeled “leftwing.”

Being Catholic is like trying to run the football and extend the Heisman Trophy position to the left and the right. 

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It’s hard to do it without dropping the ball! But with both arms out, you look rather cruciform…and that’s the point.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to “carry the ball” with both arms extended.

In the meantime here are two resources. The first is by Kevin Kukla, it’s a free book on contraception/abortion in the Catholic tradition. It’s highly recommended. Here’s the link to his free ebook:  7 Biblical Passages against Birth Control

The second is Brandon Vogt’s new book Saints and Social Justice. I’m trying to get people to read Brandon Vogt’s book because I think that social justice is so badly misunderstood. It’s a so-called “leftwing” teaching. Here’s a link to his book in paperback and ebook: Saints and Social Justice

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#043: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about find the joy of your salvation. Psalm 51:12 says “Restore to me the joy of your salvation,” but how does this happen?

The good news is that the Bible presupposes that we can and sometimes do lose the “joy of our salvation.” So it’s absolutely key to understanding “joy” in the context of “salvation.”

To make this podcast even more “joyful,” my beautiful wife Joy will be co-hosting today!

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038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013