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Affection for Jesus — Video

Affection for Jesus Father Michael Najim has another wonderful video for us on having affection for Jesus. Listen below to learn about how we can develop a deep affection for Jesus Christ in our personal lives.     Affection for Jesus: Father Michael Najim, a priest of the diocese of Rhode Island, reflects on God's mercy and on our affections:  good and bad affections, affection for sin and attachment to sin, affection... Read More

Why Satan appears more often in the New Testament than the Old

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Father Fortea, why does Satan appear more frequently in the New Testament than in the Old? The term Satan appears eighteen times in the Old Testament and thirty-five in the New. The devil can be found thirty-six times. The term demon appears twenty-one times in the New Testament, while the Old Testament’s equivalent terms for demon (Lilith, etc.) appear much less. The New Testament is shorter than the Old, yet the demons appear... Read More

Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage

Guard Your Mouth to a Happier Marriage When we say I do we should also say, I won’t–I won’t use my words to hurt my spouse. Infidelity, addictions, and other major destructive behaviors can inflict mortal wounds on a marriage. But perhaps the greatest sources of damage on relationships are the seemingly less harmful ones, particularly the cuts to the heart made through unkind speech. Sharp words creep into a relationship... Read More

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Forgiveness

Dear Dan, I am Catholic. I committed grave sins when I was a teen that I have lived in guilt and anxiety over for almost two decades. I pray every day about them. I have prayed in church but I have never been to confession. I am afraid to go to confession because I am scared I will not be forgiven or kicked out of the “church”. I want to go to Heaven. I love God and Jesus. Are there any sins that are not forgivable?... Read More

The Secret to Satisfaction

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Secret to Satisfaction The King of the Golden City (Week 5 of 5) “My child, you are meant to be happy, and you can never long enough for the things that will make you happy. But I will tell you a secret, Dilecta. All the delightful things that make up home, here in the Land of Exile, never quite satisfy those who have them. Those who have the most want more. If anyone could have all there is to have, he will still wish... Read More

How Can I have a Better Relationship with God?

August 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction, Videos

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Father John Bartunek's new book “Seeking First the Kingdom” filled with “practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life”. Yes, another new book! He's been very busy!  With Special Endorsements from: Dan Burke, President and Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation: “There are only... Read More

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Memorial

Hail Holy Queen, Hail Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope! Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary   What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are an exaggerated expression of piety as they apply also to her Son, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our Redemption. However, God’s Redemption began not with an imposition upon an unworthy humanity,... Read More

Judge Not

August 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Judgment

Judge Not   Presence of God – O Lord, keep me from judging and criticizing my neighbor; give me kind, loving thoughts about everyone. MEDITATION “Judge not, that you may not be judged” (Mt 7:1). Charity to our neighbor begins with our thoughts, as many of our failings in charity are basically caused by our judgments. We do not think highly enough of others, we do not sufficiently consider their manifest good qualities,... Read More

St Bernard and Coming to the Fullness of Love

St Bernard and Coming to the Fullness of Love (Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church) St Bernard built a way of life that flowed from Chapter 73 of the Rule of St Benedict. In this final chapter, St Benedict urges monks to learn the discipline of the Christian life he has presented because it is a good beginning, the minimum needed to make progress in a life devoted to Christ. Once one makes a good... Read More

Are You Called to Be a Spiritual Director?

Are You Called to Be a Spiritual Director? People around the world are starving to know the God who loves them and who made them for an eternal relationship with Him. But who will lead them? Who has the time, the training, and the desire to help souls who thirst and hunger for God? I recently had the blessing of spending time with Msgr. David Toups, the Rector of St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida.... Read More

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