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“The world is not only hungry for food, but also for beauty.” With those words, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta helps explain why Pope Benedict is encouraging us to return to Catholic art as a privileged place for prayer. The vision of a gifted, accomplished, faith-filled artist can reveal to us a glimpse of God’s beauty, sparking an encounter with his love – and that’s the heart of all Christian prayer. When... Read More

Abp Naumann: Spiritual Direction & Spiritual Direction School

I recently had the opportunity to interview with his Excellency Archbishop Naumann of the archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas for Register Radio on an important work going on in his archdiocese to train spiritual mentors. Because of the time constraints of the show we had to cut it down quite a bit. Below you will find the content of the longer interview. Archbishop Naumann has a deep commitment to the spiritual welfare of those... Read More

Isn’t it enough that I am just a good person?

November 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Dan Burke, Videos

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Isnt it enough … that I am just a good person? Isn't it enough that I am a good person? What does it matter if I don't believe the doctrines of the Church? Dear Friends, We are pleased to bring you this video, entitled “What You Believe Makes a Difference” from Father Robert Barron, founder, in 2000, of the “Word on Fire” ministries, which discusses these questions.  He comments on a survey that... Read More

I am undone

November 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Meditations

I am undone. I stand before Him naked. I bring nothing but need. He is faithful. I am undone. He will care for me. I am a child. I am undone. I bring nothing. He is everything. In Him I am what he desires me to be. In Him I will have the strength to do whatever He calls me to. I can do nothing by my own power. I will do everything He asks by the ability He gives. I am undone. It is glorious and painful to come to know what I truly... Read More

Dreading new missal translation: What now?

November 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy, Mass

Dear Father John, I am looking forward with dread for the new missal translation in our parish. Our priest doesn't take the liturgy very seriously and, well, I don't think it is going to be good. Can you provide some practical insight into how I should look at all of this and prepare my heart? I really care about how we honor Christ in Mass and already struggle a lot with the lack of reverence that I see. First of all, for any... Read More

Crumbs for a Banquet Feast

November 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Seasonal Meditations

Crumbs for a Banquet Feast Only one who has never been at the great banquet feast of Christ will insist that the crumbs under the world's table are a perfectly acceptable alternative. Your place is reserved for you… this is why He called you into being… don't settle for crumbs. The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that you might have life, and that more abundantly. – Jesus (John 10:10)* + *This... Read More

Christ the King: The Feast of Our Age

November 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Christ the King, Dan Burke, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

I posted this over at the National Catholic Register – thought you would appreciate it… Each year the ornaments, greenery, and tinsel make an earlier appearance. One laments the distortion of autumn and Thanksgiving under the ever-growing Christmas hegemony. Still, another commonly overshadowed event will come and pass this Sunday, the feast of The Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1925 the celebration of Christ... Read More

Litany of Christ the King

November 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Litanies, Prayers

Litany of Christ the King   Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us,Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.God, our Heavenly Father, Who has made firm for all ages your Son's Throne,Have mercy on us.God the Son, Jesus, our Victim-High Priest, True Prophet, and Sovereign King,Have mercy on us.God the Holy Spirit, poured out upon us with abundant newness,Have mercy on us.Holy Trinity,... Read More

Is the Enneagram Something I Should be Involved with?

November 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Enneagram, New Age, PseudoSpirituality

Dear Dan, I have run into the Enneagram in my spiritual direction training. There is something about the approach that doesn't ring true to me but I can't quite put my finger on it. Well, the reason something doesn't ring true about it is that the Holy Spirit is working in you to guide you to truth. My friend Susan Brinkman (over at Women of Grace) has written a post on this that will help you understand why these ideas don't ring... Read More

Avoiding New Age influence in spiritual reading

Dear Dan, I was inspired by Fr. John's post on spiritual reading a while back. A friend has recommended “The Cloud of Unknowing” to me but I am worried about slipping into Catholic books that claim to be Catholic but that promote New Age thought through centering prayer and mixing Catholic prayer with non-Christian prayer teachings. Anyway, I wanted to get your advice on where I could/should start a solid spiritual... Read More

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