Deo gratias, O Jesus!


Agnolo Gaddi, True Cross detail, 1380It has been waaaaay too long since we’ve posted, and we will catch you up on what we’ve been doing for the last month, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you something to think about on this beautiful feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  Today’s feast, as you may already know, celebrates the finding of the True Cross, on which Our Lord was crucified, by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine.

Eucharistic WhisperingsThis past weekend at the Fullness of Truth Conference Mary McClernon (from Summa Enterprises) gave us this lovely little volume called Eucharistic Whisperings, published in the 1920s.  It has clearly been loved and used for many, many years already and we can see why – it’s full of beautiful conversations we can have with Jesus during Adoration.  With Our Lord’s suffering on the Cross in mind, and how that has transformed our own sufferings, here’s something from this book which we thought would be fitting for today’s feast day:

My poor soul has met with many a bitter hour of trial, with many a sore disappointment; it has bled beneath many a bolt of agony, and many a shaft of sorrow; but You have been its comfort, its stay. At my cry for Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 8/27/14

A Good Habit Show Notes

Hello, everyone!  Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend.  I’ve been neglecting the show notes over the last month, so I want to make sure I get them up for last week’s episode of A Good Habit.

Firstly, many of you have let us know that you’re having trouble accessing the podcasts in iTunes.  Hopefully that will get fixed soon, but in the mean time we’re going to put it on the blog as well, and hopefully there won’t be any trouble listening.

Here is A Good Habit from Wednesday, August 27th, 2014.

If you’re interested in going on the EWTN/Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament pilgrimage October 7-11 with Ken and Debbie Felder, you can email them at kenDOTdebDOTfelderATattDOTnet.  It’s a great opportunity to see the EWTN studios, as well as the Shrine, including the John Paul II Eucharistic Center (which we hope to see some day, too).

We spent a lot of time talking about what a great time we had at the Fullness of Truth Conference last weekend here in San Antonio.  We met so many people from all over Texas, and although we didn’t actually get a chance to listen to any of the speakers (because we were too busy talking with everyone), we heard lots of good things from the attendees.

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The next Fullness of Truth conference is in Corpus Christi next month, and it’s their very first Marian conference.  The theme of the conference is: Mary: the New Eve, Heaven’s Strategy for Spiritual Warfare. Click here to learn more and get your tickets.  They are going to have some fantastic speakers, including Dr. Michael Barber and Dn. Harold Burke-Sivers, – it’s definitely worth your time.

We mentioned meeting The Classical Theist at the conference last weekend, and were excited to see what he’s doing to bring the intellectual patrimony of the Church to everyone.  Here is the link to his website if you want to learn more: The Classical Theist

And, speaking of St. Augustine and smart people, we wanted to mention that Taylor Marshall is working on his next book, Saint Augustine in 50 Pages: A Quick Layman’s Guide to Augustinianism.  It’s a follow up to Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages, which is available for free at  Keep him in your prayers as he works on the book.  When it’s finished it will be available for free on his website.  Don’t you just love stuff that’s free and feeds your soul?

Without Stain

Immaculate Conception engraving

Happy Solemnity!  Even though it’s Monday and most of you have to work, we hope you will find a way to celebrate Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception today.  The Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the United States, and she is also the patroness of our order, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (our order was founded on the very same day that Pope Pius IX defined the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception – December 8, 1854).

We’re very excited to share a fantastic talk about Our Lady, given by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. We heard this talk live at the Fullness of Truth Conference in San Antonio in August.  We loved it, and we think you will, too.  As an Advent gift Fullness of Truth Evangelization Ministries has made five talks available for free download.  Please pray for them and their success.  It’s been a huge blessing to attend the San Antonio conferences since we moved here, we learn so much from every speaker.

Click below to listen to Fr. Donald Calloway’s talk: The Virgin Mary: The Trinitarian Masterpiece

If you’d like to hear more wonderful talks like this, click here.

Odds and ends from our show

Just a few little things relating to last week’s show.

Sr. Mary Peter mentioned the late Francis Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, whose cause for canonization is going forward.  He endured a white martyrdom with great strength and faith, and through it converted many.  As promised, here are the books Sr. Mary Peter was referring to on the show: The Road of Hope: A Gospel from Prison, Testimony of Hope: The Spiritual Exercises of JP II, Five Loaves and Two Fish,  Prayers of Hope: Words of Courage; and last but not least, a book about the Cardinal by one of his seminarians: The Miracle of Hope.

Here is a short video with the lastest news on his cause.

The last two days we were very blessed to soak up the wisdom of three remarkable scripture scholars at the Fullness of Truth conference in Buda.  Drs. Scott Hahn, Michael Barber and John Bergsma spoke on the New Evangelization – what it means and how we can live it.  We learned so much, but more on that later.  For now, we wanted to share a thought from Dr. Barber on the Rosary, since some of our callers on Wednesday shared the difficulties they experience when trying to pray the Rosary.  The Rosary is a scriptural prayer that helps us meditate on the life of Jesus.  The more familiar we are with scripture, the more fruitful our meditations will be, the more the Gospel accounts will come alive.  He recommended a little blue book called The Scriptural Rosary, which gives you a scripture verse for each Hail Mary.  It’s a great way to stay focused on each Mystery as you are praying.