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Living From Your Heart

A Blog by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

A Guide to Dealing with Denial

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” ~ Matthew 16:24-25

In the Gospels, the word “denial” takes on a whole new meaning. As this verse from Matthew show us, denying yourself...

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Witnessing Transformations: How I Discovered the True Image of God Through Life’s Healing Journey

It’s been four years since I went on my first Life’s Healing Journey (LHJ) retreat. I first learned about LHJ when I received a small invitation to a vocational discussion after Mass. At the time, I thought I was being called to the religious life, so the card immediately caught my attention, and I decided to attend.

The first...

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How the Disciples Overcame Distorted Images of Jesus

When we experience uneasy and uncertain feelings about God, we share far more in common with Jesus’ disciples than we think. It was a long process for them to fully understand Jesus. They often felt confused by his teachings and struggled to comprehend the meaning behind them.

Despite their obedience and willingness, we see...

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A Healthy Understanding of God the Father

"I don't know why God gave her cancer she never did anything wrong."

"Do you think that little town was destroyed by a tornado because of their sins?"

"Those people got what they deserve, God punishes the wicked."

"I keep praying to God for a boyfriend/girlfriend, but he doesn't answer."

"I believe in God, but there's so...

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How to Overcome Five Harmful and Distorted Images of God

When things go our way, life is nothing but a breeze!

“Gosh, everything has been going so great lately! God must truly love me, he’s been very kind to me. I’m so blessed.”

Does this ring a bell? We tend to have a positive view of God when things meet our expectations and we approve of his plans for us. We show a great deal of...

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Shifting My Perspective On Faith: A Different Style Retreat

I’ve been involved with the MSCs (The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart) since August of 2005. Several of the missionaries became really good friends of mine when we were introduced through a counselor in high school.

I met Mario Delgado, who was working with Life’s Healing Journey and the MSCs, and he really helped me find...

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When Joy and Fear Meet

In many of the Resurrection stories in the Gospels, there is a strange mixture of great joy and fear. Mark’s Gospel has a mixture of amazement and fear. Matthew relates that the women were “fearful yet overjoyed.” John’s Gospel has Mary of Magdala weeping until Jesus reveals himself to her. The disciples are also locked away...

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Constant Irritations Weighing You Down? Here’s How A Retreat Helped Katherine.

It all started back in 1985. I was sitting in church when they made the announcements and introduced the Life’s Healing Journey weekend retreat. I had never been to a retreat before, so it intrigued me.

What really caught my attention that I’ll never forget was when I heard them say “Do you find yourself with constant...

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God Promises Healing To All Of Us

As Catholics enter the somber days of the Triduum and we mark the death of Jesus, our thoughts turn to the pain, rejection, and suffering Christ went through during his Passion. And we think of the anxiety of the Apostles as they waited, wondering what to do next now that their teacher was gone. But as we know, and as the...

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How Openness Transformed My Life's Healing Journey Retreat Experience

My introduction to Life’s Healing Journey was through family; I learned about it from my mom, since she was involved in the Church. And quite honestly, I wasn’t interested in it at all! I was way younger and at that age where I rebelled against everything my parents told me to do. I guess in a way I needed guidance and my...

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About the Living From Your Heart Blog

The Living From Your Heart blog shares stories, meditations, and testimonies about the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and their work around the world as they carry out their mission to love as Jesus loved.  

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