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Book Recommendation for Lent

Dear Friends, As we head towards Lent I have had a number of questions regarding a book I might recommend to those looking to experience a more meaningful Lent. There is one that comes to mind that I believe will be transformational for anyone who is serious about the growing in prayer and the interior life: St. Peter of Alcántara’s Finding God Through Meditation: I was deeply blessed to edit and update this translation of... Read More

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church's guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does it get easier to pray as we progress... Read More

Is Meditation on Scripture Necessary? How to Pray – Part I

January 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Meditation, Prayer, Scripture

Is Meditation on Scripture Necessary? How to Pray – Part I   After many posts dealing with errors about prayer, I'd like to begin a series on how to pray for the beginner at prayer. Now, before you dismiss this series as not for you, let me define “beginner.” I don't necessarily mean someone who has never prayed before, but someone who would like to learn to pray better. Perhaps you have been praying off... Read More

The Prayer of Jesus

January 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Prayer

The Prayer of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may enter the sanctuary of Your most holy soul where You reveal to me the secrets of Your prayer. MEDITATION Although Jesus was always indissolubly united to His Father by the Beatific Vision and the plenitude of charity, He willed to consecrate to Him exclusively a part of His human activity: the time of prayer. The long years spent at Nazareth and the forty days... Read More

Finding Hope in the Midst of Sleepless Nights and Challenging Days

January 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

The Church of Mercy (Week 4 of 6) Finding Hope in the Midst of Sleepless Nights and Challenging Days Do you ever feel tempted to quit? I'm in a season of life that has me, in a very physical way, stretched to the limit. I haven't had a night of uninterrupted sleep in over ten months, and there have been some days and nights recently that have been particularly challenging. But, you know, it's a privileged time in my life. This... Read More

I am in the Father

January 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Trinity

“I Am in the Father”   Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may enter into the interior dispositions of Your soul, into its continual personal union with the Father. MEDITATION The intimate dispositions of Jesus toward God and His relations with Him are of the utmost importance to us. Jesus is the Son of God; herein lies all His greatness and holiness. By His very nature, He is the only Son of God; we, who are made... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Apostle

January 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Apostle Conversion of St Paul “The conversion of St. Paul the Apostle… happened the second year after the Ascension of our Lord…[1] And, “… This feast originated in Gaul in the sixth century and is celebrated on January 25, the presumed date of the transfer of the relics of St. Paul to the Constantinian basilica on the Ostian Way.”[2]  This celebration is... Read More

What is God’s Will? Part I of II: His Indicative Will

January 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

What is God's Will? Part I of II: His Indicative Will Hungering for God's Will Dear Father John, Since I came back to the Church, I recognize my mistakes in following God's will for me.  Now, I want nothing more than to do His will.  But, I'm not really sure what it is.  How do I know what is God's will for me? JESUS IS THE center of every authentically Christian life. Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength... Read More

Questions on Prayer – Part 2

January 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Method, Prayer, Show Notes

Questions on Prayer Part 2 Dan and Melissa answer more listener questions on prayer (click here for part 1). They discuss the benefits of a spiritual community to one's prayer life, some specific meditation practices, advice we can take from the Saints and Mystics, and much more in “Questions on Prayer Part 2”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is there something wrong with me if I can't pray more than 10-15 minutes... Read More

The Ugliest Rash in the World

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Humility, Judgment, Sin, Trent Beattie

The Ugliest Rash in the World   There’s a curious story about a middle-aged woman who moved to a new parish. One weekday after Mass, she noticed a couple emptying the St. Vincent de Paul food collection into the back of a shiny red SUV. The new parishioner was alarmed and, since there was no one else left in the church, immediately went to the parish office with her concern. “I’ve got to talk with Father—and fast!”... Read More

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