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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1 This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first Rule of the Discernment of Spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 1 –  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these... Read More

The Reciprocal Gift – Divine Intimacy Meditation

The Reciprocal Gift   Presence of God – May I be all Yours, Lord, and You all mine. MEDITATION “God does not give Himself wholly to us until He sees that we are giving ourselves wholly to Him” (Teresa of Jesus, Way of Perfection, 28). God respects man’s liberty so much that, although desiring to have him share in His divine Life, He actually communicates Himself only in the measure of our consent; when this consent... Read More

In Praise of Gentleness

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Gentleness, Liz Estler, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

In Praise of Gentleness from a text written by St Ambrose Has anyone asked for your mercy yet during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy?  No?  Then, perhaps a meditative reading of St. Ambrose's words here may help engender the kind of demeanor in us, which might inspire them to do so. St. Ambrose, who lived in the 4th century, and who baptized St. Augustine, is one of the original Doctors of the Church. In this excerpt... Read More

God Doesn’t Spare the Good from Grief

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Life of Christ (Week 3 of 27) God Doesn't Spare the Good from Grief It's all too easy, 2000 years later, to take the story of Jesus for granted. We look at the Cross and we see something that's old news. We look at the crèche and we see same old, same old. Sheen reminds us, ever so eloquently, that there's nothing routine. In fact, what we have as we look at one, is a reminder of the other. If there were no Cross, there would... Read More

St Mark the Evangelist and His Gospel

April 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Liturgy

St Mark the Evangelist and His Gospel*   “ST MARK … is generally supposed to have been of Jewish extraction. From the style of his writings, abounding in Hebraisms, he would seem to be better versed in the Hebrew than in the Greek language. It is said by some … that he was one of the seventy-two disciples of our Lord, and among those who deserted Him, in consequence of being scandalized at His doctrine on... Read More

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits This week Dan and Melissa explore Saint Ignatius of Loyola's techniques for tackling the negative thoughts and lies that enter into our minds and lead us away from God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to expel the negative thoughts, lies, and/or feelings of depression that enter into our minds? Reject the lies and negative thoughts and replace them with the truth... Read More

Spiritual Battle and the Contest of Faith

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Faith, Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Battle and the Contest of Faith*   As we do battle and fight in the contest of faith, God, his angels and Christ himself watch us! How exalted is the glory, how great the joy of engaging in a contest with God presiding, of receiving a crown with Christ as judge. Dear brethren, let us arm ourselves with all our might, let us prepare ourselves for the struggle by innocence of heart, integrity of faith, dedication... Read More

Liturgical Prayer — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Liturgical Prayer Presence of God – O Jesus, Head of the Mystical Body, grant that while praying with the Church, I may unite myself to Your prayer. MEDITATION A Christian is not isolated. As man, he belongs to the great human family; as one baptized, he is grafted onto Christ and becomes a member of His Mystical Body, the Church. A Christian is, at the same time, a child of God and a child of the Church; it is precisely in... Read More

No Room in the Inn – A Story About Friendship

April 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 2 of 27) When finally the scrolls of history are completed down to the last words in time, the saddest line of all will be: “There was no room in the inn.” —Life of Christ, Chapter 2: Bethlehem, Paragraph 3 There was once a widower named Jacob who lived next door to a family with three children. When the family pulled their moving van up to the curb of their new home, Jacob had been working outside... Read More

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II)

April 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II) Editor's Note: In part one, we talked about the suffering of innocents and whether or not it is possible to win all arguments. Today, we will look reflect on the sacredness of human life and the meaning in suffering. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your wisdom with others. However, I have... Read More

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