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The 100 Best Catholic Novels I Know. In offering this list, I’m not making an attempt to define the “Catholic novel,” which would be a very foolish enterprise.

The 100 Best Catholic Novels I Know

There are many reasons why a novel can, and sometimes should, be called “Catholic,” but to attach that impulse to a a grand metaphysic or aesthetic theory would require a book in itself. Whether such a book would be worth reading when that time could be spent reading one of the 100 below has, for me, a self-evident answer. No! My purpose here is merely to recommend good books to those who take the time to find good books and to read them. Not all the authors below are Catholic, strictly speaking, but more importantly these novels listed have explicitly Catholic themes and perspectives. That a great novel can explore religious themes directly is a tribute to the artistry of the writer since such explicitness usually leads to preaching and is, thus, deadly to writing of any kind. Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed, 1827. Adalbert Stifter, Rock Crystal, 1845. G.K.

The Catholic Liturgical Library. 3 Of The Best Free Pomodoro Productivity Apps. If you’re like me, the Pomodoro Technique may appeal to you more.

3 Of The Best Free Pomodoro Productivity Apps

It’s deceptively simple, to the point where it may make you wonder if it will work, but for people with a short attention span, it can be the perfect antidote. The first step before using the Pomodoro Technique is familiarizing yourself with it. While the technique is simple, reading Francesco Cirillo’s book, provided as a free download on the site, is a great way to understand how it works and discover the ways in which you can use it to its full potential. In order to use the technique, you need to begin your day by creating a plan. Make a list of the tasks you are going to tackle. The basis of Cirillo’s concept is that all tasks should be done in increments of 25 minutes, followed by a 3 to 5 minute break.

In order to find the method that works best for you, there are several free apps that you can use to boost your productivity. Pomodairo (Windows/Mac/Linux) Once you start the task, begin your timer. Tomato Timer (Web) How to Use Micro Habits and Spark Massive Personal Change. We all want to develop good habits — especially around the beginning of the year, when our New Year’s resolutions are still fresh in our minds.

How to Use Micro Habits and Spark Massive Personal Change

But creating new habits is hard. Habits are usually built over weeks or months of repetition, and if you’ve chosen a complex habit to built, like going go the gym more often or eating better, motivation could be a big challenge. But micro-habits can be a huge help. What’s a Micro-Habit? A micro-habit is much like it sounds: it’s a small, simple action that doesn’t require much motivation, but will help you build up to a larger goal habit. The Art of Manliness gives us two examples. What good does that do? Flossing one tooth or swiping your card at the gym won’t contribute much to dental health or overall fitness. This happens because of an interesting psychological phenomenon called behavioral momentum. Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature]

I WOULD FAP out of boredom, sometimes even at work in the bathrooms.

Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature]

I was addicted, pathetic… Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. Looking back, he recalls it clearly. “I was unable to look away. I remember everything about that first moment. Heavy reliance on porn is serious; it literally ruins lives, causing disruption in relationships, jobs, first person social interaction and other ways. Rather than boldly going where no man has gone before, these individuals are each trying to get their lives back on track following the realisation that they’ve become a little too close to their computers.

Fortunately, there is a growing network of support for the Fapstronauts, members of the Reddit channel NoFap (“fap” is Internet slang to describe a “solo act”). What Is Pornography Addiction? Desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones — the way in which addicts can get their fix have become increasingly portable over the years. A Range of Symptoms.


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