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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 13 “False Quiet”

Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way out of this “false quiet” with the wisdom of St. Ignatius' thirteenth rule of Discernment of Spirits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 13: “The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed.... Read More

The New Commandment

The New Commandment Presence of God – O Jesus, grant me the grace to understand Your new commandment, the commandment of fraternal charity. MEDITATION The commandment “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39), requires strong, solid virtue, but it does not yet reach the greatest perfection of love. The highest ideal was proposed to us by Jesus shortly before His death, in those last moments in which He recommended... Read More

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps Interview with Gary Zimak   While interviewing Gary Zimak about his new book, “Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps”, I found a fascinating backstory of how a conversion experience propelled him into a career as a full-time Catholic evangelist. Nancy: How did God guide you into a career as a Catholic evangelist rather than another career? Gary:... Read More

Why We Must do Better for Our Young

July 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 16 of 27)   In the life of every individual and in the life of every nation, there are three moments: a time of visitation or privilege in the form of a blessing from God; a time of rejection in which the Divine is forgotten; and a time of doom or disaster. Judgement (or disaster) is the consequence of human decisions and proves that the world is guided by God’s presence. His tears over the city showed... Read More

Relationships or Activities?

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Fr. Bartunek, Mission

Relationships or Activities?   Dear Father John, Is there anything wrong with putting too much emphasis in my passion and or apostolate? THE INSTRUCTIONS JESUS gave when he sent out the first Christian missionaries included a curious directive: “Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave” (Matthew 10:11). Christian Mission Is about People The implication is clear:... Read More

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer   Description: How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy and how it relates to the active prayer life and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning to establish a prayer life? Cooperation... Read More

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good. You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.) I. I am the Lord your... Read More

The Act of Love

The Act of Love Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may love You for Yourself and not for my own consolation, and that in loving You, I may always seek Your will, not mine. MEDITATION To love a person is to desire his well-being. We understand, therefore, that the essence of love is in the act of the will by which we wish good. This does not take away from the fact that the act may often be accompanied by sensible affection,... Read More

Does God Heal After Death?

Does God Heal After Death?   People who do evil are sick…and, at death, God will heal them. In my last post, God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible, I related a conversation that I had recently. My friend had asserted that since God is all good He wouldn’t possibly send anyone to hell and eternal suffering. What bolstered his argument was this assertion: people who do evil are sick (i.e. it’s not their fault) and... Read More

Hope of the Resurrection

July 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Life of Christ (Week 15 of 27)   Hope of the Resurrection The only reason I'm better at waiting than my five-year-old is that I have a few years under my belt. “You're so patient,” some stranger mentioned, seeing me wrestling a toddler in one arm, a whiny kindergartner in the other, and a dramatic grade schooler off to the side. By the grace of God, I just smiled. What I was thinking was something to the effect... Read More

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