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Preparing for Lent – Part 1 – Divine Intimacy Radio

Dear Friends – here are the show notes for our second Divine Intimacy Radio Show on the topic of Preparing for Lent: If you enjoy the show, please give us a good rating on iTunes and share this post or the iTunes show on Facebook and with your friends. We need your help getting the word out! Show Notes: An interruption in our discussion about spiritual direction which we will return to after Easter… The name of the show... Read More

Divine Intimacy Radio is Here – Spiritual Direction Topic Today

January 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes, Spiritual Direction

Dear Friends, We are delighted to present the first episode of Divine Intimacy Radio! The show notes are below and you will find the link to listen at the bottom of this post. Here are the show notes: Introducing the show and the hosts Dan Burke and Melissa Elson. Most of you know me (my bio is below) so I thought you would like to know a bit more about Melissa: While attending Auburn University, Melissa’s involvement with... Read More

Jesus and His Father’s Will

Jesus and His Father’s Will   Presence of God— O Jesus, teach me to follow You in Your life of total, perfect adherence to the Father’s will. MEDITATION  “Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith [to the Father]: ‘sacrifice and oblation Thou wouldst not; but a body Thou hast fitted to me…. Behold, I come … that I should do Thy will, O God’” (Hebrews 10:5-7). These words reveal the constant interior... Read More

Christ and the Confidence that Comes From the Holy Spirit

January 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Holy Spirit, Hope

Christ and the Confidence that Comes from the Holy Spirit Christ baptizes in the power of the Holy Spirit and his fire animates the Christian life with hope.  The Holy Spirit who moved over the waters of creation, who overshadowed the Virgin Mary, who descended on Christ at his Baptism, who carried the Crucified's last wordless cry for our sake from the depths of His heart and into the Heart of the Father, who animates the... Read More

Are there Two Paths to Holiness?

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Contemplation, Holiness, Prayer, Spiritual Life

Are there Two Paths to Holiness? The other day while doing research for a blog post, I came across a discussion about Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle in a Catholic forum. One poster wrote that a holy priest told her that Teresa of Avila's teaching was not meant for most lay people. This is the sort of comment that perturbs me. If the conversation hadn't been a few years old, I would have chimed in. Instead, I decided to write... Read More

The Importance of Friendship

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Sarah Reinhard

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 4 of 12) There is no way of grasping the concreteness of a man's ethical decisions from outside. But no, there is a certain way, a single way: that is through the love of friendship. A friend, and a prudent friend, can help to shape a friend's decision. He does so by virtue of that love which makes the friend's problems his own, the friend's ego his own (so that after all it is not entirely “from... Read More

Supernatural Reasons to Consider Theology

  Theology doesn’t just have to be for a certain set of people. If you’re involved in working for an apostolate or interested in spiritual direction, the “Introduction to Spiritual Theology” course being offered this spring from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation may be something of interest to you. Introduction to Spiritual Theology is the entryway course to our Graduate program. Students are advised to take... Read More

What is the “Gift of Tears”?

Dear Father John, Would you please explain the “gift of tears”? I know some people who say they have the “gift of tears” because they cry at the drop of a hat. But, I have a feeling this is not what the saints and mystics are talking about when they write about this gift. What is it exactly? And, how does one know if someone has it? Thank you. God bless you in your ministry. The Gift of Tears per se is not mentioned in... Read More

Divine Intimacy Radio and Podcast is Coming!

January 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio

Divine Intimacy Radio and Podcast is Coming!   Since the inception of, I have had a constant longing to better serve you in your desire to deepen your faith. Based on your regular feedback, I know we have done well with our content on the site. Even so, words on a screen only go so far toward building deeper relationships and drawing hearts more fully to Christ. This longing, of course, has led to the... Read More

Jesus The Teacher of Sanctity

Jesus the Teacher of Sanctity Presence of God – I need You always, my divine Master, because You alone are holy and can show me the true way of holiness. MEDITATION The knowledge of God in which eternal life consists, as Jesus has said, is not the kind of knowledge which stops at the enlightenment of our intellects, but knowledge which stirs up our wills to love the God whom we know, and which regulates our whole life so... Read More

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