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I Need Peace, I Need your Prayers…

September 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Peace, Suffering

I Need Peace, I Need Your Prayers… Dear Mother Luisita, I am deeply troubled by things that seem so trivial and I can't seem to shake a sense of impending doom. My anxiety is constant. I need peace, I need your prayers. My beloved child, Accept my loving greeting and my prayer for you to be what God wants you to be. What about your soul? Is it taking little steps toward heaven or is it flying there? Be very united with Our... Read More

Even Demons Believe in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist

September 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Warfare

It was almost 15 years ago. I was At Old St. Mary’s here in D.C. celebrating Mass in the Latin (Extraordinary Form). It was a solemn high Mass. I don’t suppose I thought it any different than most Sunday’s but something quite amazing was about to happen. As you may know the ancient Latin Mass is celebrated “ad orientem” (towards the Liturgical East). Priest and people all face one direction. What this means practically... Read More

Mary sees us

September 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations, Prayer

“Just try to imitate the Blessed Virgin,” my old pastor would always counsel me. This was when I was a teenager struggling with all the usual teenager sins. The only thing I could see that Mary and I had in common was the color blue: her mantle, my hair. So his advice, while technically excellent, was entirely unhelpful. When I became a mother, I thought the imitation would come more naturally. But the opposite happened: The... Read More

Halloween, Witches, Demons, and the Occult

September 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Warfare

by Kathryn Marcellino, OCDS With Halloween right around the corner, we might ask ourselves if demons and evil spirits are real? The Church gives us an authoritative answer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CC 414) which says, “Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan. Their choice against God is definitive. They try to associate man in their revolt... Read More

My Wife and Meditation

September 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer

My Wife and Meditation My wife and meditation: My wife loves flowers. She is a beautiful woman inside and out and deserves flowers. Recently, I was driving home and began to think about her. I thought about how she has suffered and overcome. I was musing on her ability to stick with me when deeply fettered with illness, sin, and selfishness. As I pondered her face and her virtue in my mind, I was moved to feelings of admiration... Read More

Sleep eludes me…

September 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Suffering

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Sleep Eludes Me Sleep Eludes Me Sleep eludes me Night encompasses me without rest Oh the glorious day when I can peacefully rest in His arms + Prose from Anonymous relates the suffering of not being able to sleep, the suffering of insomnia and restlessness and a seemingly endless night.  And, how much one looks forward to the day when they can rest in God … even though it will be endless day! Art: Close Up, Mortification... Read More

Your advice to young mothers regarding prayer?

September 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family Prayer, Prayer

Young Mothers at Prayer: What is Your Advice for Them? Young mothers at prayer: I had the opportunity to offer several talks on the spiritual life to a wonderful group of new friends in Idaho last night. One of the young women who has been deeply blessed by God with a large family asked me a question that I thought I would pass along to you – particularly you young mothers out there. What practical tips for prayer might... Read More

Should Catholics participate in Halloween festivities?

September 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, General

Some parents at the Catholic school where my child attends want to have a Halloween Party. I am really troubled by this. To me it seems clearly antithetical to our faith to celebrate a pagan ritual rooted in the idea that sacrifice to demonic spirits would ward off their punishment. Even if the meaning is watered down to mere costume wearing at this point, the practice still celebrates evil and minimizes its dangers and realities.... Read More

Spiritual Warfare & Screwtape Letters: Devil Doesn’t Want You to Hear

September 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Warfare, Videos

Spiritual Warfare & Screwtape Letters: What the Devil Doesn't Want You to Hear With Halloween just around the corner you might be turning your attention to thoughts of spiritual warfare and those dark realities of our fallen world and the spiritual realm. If you have never read the Screwtape Letters, there is no better time. I suspect you will be surprised at how relevant it is to your own spiritual life. Here's a taste of... Read More

Happy Birthday, Mary!

September 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Seasonal Meditations

Happy Birthday, Mary! “Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Son of Justice, Christ our God; he freed us from the age-old curse and filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life.” It would be a great day to offer just one minute (really, just 60 seconds) to her wouldn't it? Click here – pause – pray – and then... Read More

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