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Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?

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  Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?   Some think that prayer is an escape from the real world. To these, I say that there are prisons from which it is good to escape. Lots of people banally exist imprisoned in what we call “the real world.” Locked up in the fantasy land of adults and the culturally and politically powerful, they are not free... Read More

Prayer

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Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?

  Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?   Some think that prayer is an escape from the real world. To these, I say that there are prisons from which it is good to escape. Lots of people banally exist imprisoned in what we call “the... Read More

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Why Pray? – Part III of III – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Why Pray?   Description: Why pray? In this last installment of the Why Pray? series, Dan and Melissa discuss what prayer is and debunk the popular idea that prayer is just a means of attaining what we want.  Topics/Questions covered in... Read More

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The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming... Read More

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Aridity or Dryness

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The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the... Read More

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The Cross of Father DiAngelo

The Cross of Father DiAngelo Memorial of Saint John Vianney   In honor of the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, who was known as the “Curé d’Ars”,... Read More

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Spiritual Warfare

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius’ Discernment... Read More

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 13 “False Quiet”

Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way... Read More

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Spiritual Direction

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Having Too Many Spiritual Directors

HAVING TOO MANY SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS   Dear Father John, I recently... Read More

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End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord

End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord   As a priest, people... Read More

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Diligence – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Diligence   Presence of God – O God, make me diligent in Your service,... Read More

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Ignatian Spirituality Series

Ignatian Spirituality Series Dear Friends, Although our site heavily favors... Read More

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Book Club

What Is Truth? (Hint: Not Facebook.)

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Life of Christ (Week 21 of 27) This book continually makes me marvel and appreciate... Read More

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Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate... Read More

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