Monthly Archives: September 2012

Imagine Sisters Announces One Rose Project

Please support our young, vibrant, faithful Catholic sisters!

Psalm 115:1,

Deacon Harold


For Immediate Release

Imagine Sisters Announces One Rose Project

CHICAGO, Ill.–September 15, 2012 – Imagine Sisters, a new online organization founded to be the nexus for media and information about discerning a vocation as a Catholic Religious Sister, will launch its first viral vocation initiative, The One Rose Project, on October 1, 2012.

The One Rose Project invites Catholics around the globe to reach out to young women they know, personally inviting them to consider that God may be calling them to be a Religious Sister.

The campaign promotes a personal encounter on October 1, 2012–the feast of St. Therese of Liseux. Participants will invite the young woman they know to consider a call to consecrated Religious Life by giving her a single rose in the spiritual legacy of St. Therese.
Imagine Sisters has received substantial testimony that a personal invitation is incredibly powerful for young women who are open to a religious vocation. Imagine Sisters asks for prayers that this invitation will be used by God to plant the seeds of religious vocations among young women, blessing the Church with many new religious sisters.

The One Rose Project can be easily shared through social media networks, personal blogs and speaking engagements. Imagine Sisters has created a short video explaining the project, and encourages supporters to share this video as the primary means of transmitting the message virally.

In the spirit of The New Evangelization, Imagine Sisters embraces social and visual media to passionately propose the possibility of becoming a religious sister in the world today. Through the grace of God, the Imagine Sister website and Facebook interact with over 100,000 individuals each week, effectively working through the new media to reach young women around the world.

The short video may be found at the following address:

The Imagine Sisters website can be found at


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Until Death Do Us Part

ImageDuring the first session of marriage preparation, I ask the couple a simple question: Why are you getting married?  They typically look at each other for a while and then respond, “We’re in love” or “We’re compatible.”  Sadly, I almost never hear, “I believe with all my heart that God has put this person in my life to help me get to heaven” or “I truly believe with all my soul that my fiancée will help me become more of the person who God created and calls me to be.” 
When a man and a woman enter into a marriage covenant, they promise unending love and devotion to each other, regardless of their circumstances, for the rest of their lives until death.  In this exchange of life and love, they share all that they are and all that they will become.  The spouses-to-be promise to nurture and support each other so that they will always grow deeper in their love for God and each other.  When they give themselves to each other totally and completely as husband and wife, their union bears witness to God’s plan for marriage: a sacramental covenant of loving and life-giving communion. 
Here are three key ways to maintain covenant intimacy in marriage:
  1. Pray together.
  2. Use Natural Family Planning, not contraception.
  3. Pay attention to the little things.
This will not be easy: the world is filled with temptations and distractions. Married couples should draw strength from the fact that from their wedding day forward, they will have God’s grace to help them through the most difficult times and the toughest challenges, for with God all things are possible! The Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes this idea beautifully:
“Christ is the source of this grace. […] Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ, and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love.  In the joys of their love and family life he gives them here on earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1642). 


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Watch “Authentically Free at Last” on EWTN!

Society views “freedom” as the ability to do whatever we want. In Authentically Free at Last, hosts Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show how society mistakes freedom with license. To be authentically free we must follow God’s plan for us and resist the temptations the secular culture places before us.

Watch “Authentically Free at Last” on EWTN online HERE  (scroll down to WATCH LIVE), or on your local cable/satellite network.

Air Times in the United States & Canada:

Sundays: 5:00 AM ET

Mondays:  6:00 PM ET

Here is the episode list:

Episode 1 – Authentically Free at Last

Freedom is not the license to do whatever we want. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the meaning of authentic freedom and how a properly formed conscience leads us to the moral good. They show the necessity of the Church as a basis for a properly formed conscience to guide us through the world of secular relativism.

Episode 2 – Freedom and Conscience

Our society has different understandings of what the conscience is and what it means to have a properly formed conscience. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the importance of the conscience, how we can form our consciences properly and how a properly formed conscience leads to authentic human freedom.

Episode 3 – Free Love Ain’t Free

The modern acceptance of fornication undermines authentic human love. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens explain why we should care when two consenting adults engage in this destructive behavior and what we can do to combat this in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.

Episode 4 – Just Say Yes

Contraception plays an enormous role in our secular culture, providing promises of freedom. Host Gloria Purvis along with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show that it really is thwarting the life giving action of the Holy Spirit, and what we can do in our own families to unveil the bondage that contraception really is.

Episode 5 – He Created Them Male and Female

God created us as male and female. Host Gloria Purvis along with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss complementarity between men and women, and why homosexual acts and redefining marriage are not compatible with authentic freedom. They also explain the difference between accepting homosexual behavior and a person with same sex attraction.

Episode 6 – No Sex Is A Bad Thing

God’s plan calls for the conception of a child to occur within the confines of a marriage, between the mother and father. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the concept of pregnancy resulting from sexless encounters, why this is against the God’s plan for authentic love, and what an appropriate response to infertility or homosexual couples “parenting” should be.

Episode 7 – Radical Love of Womanhood

Society claims the Church treats women as second-class citizens, not equal to men. But Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show this is the exact opposite of how the Church views women, especially contrasting the Church with the misogynistic view of society regarding women and their fertility. The Church accepts a woman’s fertility as a gift while society paints it as a flaw in her design.

Episode 8 – Vocations and Marriage

Society’s view of morality differs markedly from that of the Church. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the impact of fornication, contraception, and abortion on vocations and marriage. Families with fewer children result in fewer vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Lack of respect for marriage and sex only within marriage nullifies the practice of celibacy within religious life.

Episode 9 – A Person is a Person No Matter How Small

Secular culture believes the myth that research on embryos serves the common good. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens take an in depth look at the attitudes that buttress this utilitarian approach to unborn children, why we should care, and what we can do about it.

Episode 10 – A Person is a Person No Matter How Old or Ill

Many people promote what they see as the positives of euthanasia. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens debunk the idea that euthanasia is an acceptable answer for unburdening a family or society and why “mercy killing” and “not wanting to be a burden” are not truly a loving response to an elderly or suffering person.

Episode 11 – God Hears You

Does God hear us when we pray? Does He care? Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the role of prayer in coping with our relativistic culture, in offering reparation for affronts against God, and for our conversion and that of our country. The necessity of prayer in confronting the culture and in our own interior conversion is discussed so that we can do so charitably and with wisdom.

Episode 12 – The Mystical Hook Up

God has given us the Sacraments to help us grow closer to Him. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the strength and grace the sacraments provide in helping us not only form our consciences properly but also in witnessing the truth regarding authentic human freedom.

Episode 13 – Truth and Freedom

Society presents an alternative to the truth taught by the Church. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss why authentic freedom comes only when we aspire to live by the authentic truth of Christ. Anything less leads us away from God and our intended destiny.


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