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See the World through the Eyes of the Saints.

The value and importance of spiritual reading in one’s life today cannot be over emphasized. Surrounded as we are by constant bad news, immoral advertisements, and noxious entertainment, one has to regularly raise his thoughts heavenwards and realize that he is a pilgrim striving to reach his everlasting home in Heaven.

As the body cannot remain healthy while constantly eating junk food, so also the soul cannot remain pure while constantly feeding upon the corruption and toxic media that surrounds him.

The publishing of From the Housetops magazine is an apostolate of the Slaves of he Immaculate Heart of Mary to provide good traditional Catholic reading.

Saint Alphonsus wrote: “As the reading of bad books fills the mind with worldly and poisonous sentiments; so on the other hand, the reading of pious works fills the soul with holy thoughts and good desires.

He continues, “The soul that is imbued with holy thoughts in reading is always prepared to banish internal temptations.”

When one starts to think of God and makes Him a part of his life, God will deign to direct him in a clear manner.  Saint Jerome points out, “When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us

Saint Ignatius turned from his worldly pursuit of glory and fame as a soldier by providentially reading a few books on the lives of the saints.

Saint Augustine, while on the road to conversion prayed, “Lord, make me chaste but not yet,” until he heard children at play repeatedly saying, “Tolle, Lege.” Take and read, take and read. 

Taking this as a message from God, he picked up the epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans and read a passage appropriately meant for him. “Let us walk honestly, as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy, but put ye on the spirit of Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh and its concupiscences.”

Saint Bernard concludes, “Spiritual reading and prayer are the arms by which hell is conquered and paradise won.”

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