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The Couch or the Confessional?

May 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 8 of 27) Couches would come back as a symbol of a guiltless world nineteen centuries later. Men would rise from them with their guilt explained away. But such souls would not have the inner joy of the woman, who heard One more than a prophet say to her:  “Thy faith has saved thee; go in peace.” Luke 7:49 — Life of Christ, Chapter 12, Paragraph 8 The couch. It sounds like a great place to work things... Read More

The Meaning of Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Sacrifice

The Meaning of Memorial Day Many people are very free with their opinions about war, about whether or not we should fight this war or that, about where and how the military should be deployed or brought home.  In some countries, freely expressing these opinions could land you in jail or worse.  In America, our right to express them is protected by the highest law in our land.  In America, men and women have given their lives... Read More

Corpus Christi

May 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Corpus Christi, Eucharist, Liz Estler, Solemnity

Corpus Christi The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   In today's solemnity (which was celebrated last Thursday, May 26th in some locations), we honor the most holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast was promoted by St. Juliana of Liège (also known as St. Juliana of Cornillon), who lived between 1191/2 and 1258, an Augustinian nun in charge of a leper colony. Jesus appeared to her at the age of 16 and... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5

This week Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5 – never change spiritual commitments while experiencing spiritual desolation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Fifth Rule. “The fifth: In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation, or in the determination in which... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always – An Exhortation by St Augustine

May 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Joy, Meditations, Spiritual Direction

Rejoice in the Lord Always! *   The Apostle tells us to rejoice, but in the Lord, not in the world. Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world, says Scripture, will be reckoned an enemy of God [cf James 4:4]. As a man cannot serve two masters, so one cannot rejoice both in the world and in the Lord. Let joy in the Lord prevail, then, until joy in the world is no more. Let joy in the Lord go on increasing; let joy in the... Read More

Despising all Vanities

Despising all Vanities *   1. He that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, saith the Lord. These are the words of Christ, which teach us to imitate His life and manners, if we would be truly enlightened, and delivered from all blindness of heart. Let therefore our chief endeavour be to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ. 2. The teaching of Christ exceeds all the doctrines of holy men; and, he that hath the Spirit will... Read More

The Beatitudes Explained and More

May 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Life of Christ (Week 7 of 27)   The Beatitudes Explained and More Though I'm enjoying this book immensely, I have to be honest with you: I'm not in a season of my life when reading is easy. Oh, don't get me wrong. I love reading. I self-identify as a reading hobbyist. Asked what my ideal day consists of, I can't help but include coffee and reading. But it's May Madness: school's out in a few days, my work is piled to my... Read More

God Will be Seen by Men

May 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Masters, Trinity

God Will be Seen by Men*   There is one God, who by his word and wisdom created all things and set them in order. His Word is our Lord Jesus Christ, who in this last age became man among men to unite end and beginning, that is, man and God. The prophets, receiving the gift of prophecy from this same Word, foretold his coming in the flesh, which brought about the union and communion between God and man ordained by the Father.... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 “Spiritual Desolation”

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 Spiritual Desolation On this week's episode, Dan and Melissa explore the meaning of spiritual desolation and how to recognize it through the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 4 – “I call [spiritual] desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and... Read More

The Victory of Surrender – Part II of II

The Victory of Surrender Part II of II   Christianity is full of paradoxes: “If you want to find yourself, you have to lose yourself . . . . The last will be first and the first will be last . . . .The greatest of all is the servant of all. . . .” The most important victory we can “win” for ourselves and our families is when we truly surrender to the will of God. There isn’t enough space in our person for more... Read More

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