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Charity the Essence of Sanctity

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Charity, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

Charity the Essence of Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of God, considering that He is infinite charity: “Deus caritas est,” God is charity. MEDITATION “Be you, therefore, perfect, as also Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Before we can begin to imitate God, we must know who He is, and in what His perfection consists. Holy Scripture tells us, God is charity (1 John 4:16). It does... Read More

Need for Liturgical Conscience: Where to Get One (1/3)

November 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

The Need for a Liturgical Conscience—and Where to Get One (Part I of III)   Guitar choir or Gregorian Chant? Communion on the tongue or in the hand? Liturgical language that is elevated, formal, and Latinate—as in the present Roman Missal—or language more common, casual, and conversational—as in the former Sacramentary? Opinions on liturgical matters such as these differ, as with myriad other liturgical elements –... Read More

The Lord Cometh from Afar

November 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

The Lord Cometh from Afar First Sunday of Advent   Presence of God – The Lord is coming; I place myself in His presence and go to meet Him with all the energy of my will. MEDITATION “The Name of the Lord cometh from afar…. I look from afar, and behold I see the power of God coming…. Go out to meet Him, and say, ‘Tell us if You are He who shall rule….’” These words are taken from today’s liturgy, and in... Read More

Personal Stories of Difficulties and Progress in Prayer

November 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Lectio Divina, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa share their personal stories of difficulties and progress in prayer and how we can overcome these obstacles to God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How have Dan’s Into the Deep parish events impacted its participants? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Philippians chapter 1, verse 6, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete... Read More

The Divine Invitation

November 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Gratitude

The Divine Invitation   Presence of God – O my God, give me the sovereign grace to respond to all Your invitations with generosity. MEDITATION (Matthew 22:2-14) outlines the sad story—so true even today—of human ingratitude which rejects God’s mercy and is indifferent to His gifts and invitations. “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son, and he sent his servants to call them... Read More

Do I Need a Savior? An Advent Retreat Guide on the Prophet Isaiah

November 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

DO I NEED A SAVIOR? AN ADVENT RETREAT GUIDE ON THE PROPHET ISAIAH The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality: Do I Need a Savior? is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Advent is about new beginnings. The Church year, also known as the liturgical year, starts afresh on the First Sunday of Advent. And the whole season is dedicated to preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christmas, the day that Jesus was born, the... Read More

Scandalous Mercy and Tireless Mercy: Beautiful Mercy Book Club

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Beautiful Mercy (Week 5 of 5)   Mercy is one of those words that's just…used. We toss it around without fully thinking about what it means, what it implies, what trouble it causes. Scandalous would definitely not have been on the list of adjectives I would have used to describe mercy before reading this book, but consider how Fr. James Mallon describes “scandalous mercy”: God's mercy is scandalous. It is... Read More

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part II)

November 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

The Presentation of Mary in the Temple Part II Editor's Note: For today's memorial last year, we shared with you the first part of this reflection, which can be read by clicking here.  Today we continue Saint Alphonsus Liguori's presentation from his work “The Glories of Mary”. When the holy company had arrived at the temple, the eager child turned to her parents, kneeling kissed their hands, and asked for their benediction;... Read More

Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

November 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditations, Solemnity

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe* Thy Kingdom Come! The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is, but the kingdom of God is within us (cf Luke 17:20-21), for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart (cf Deuteronomy 30:14). Thus it is clear that he who prays for the coming of God’s... Read More

Questions on Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

November 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Lectio Divina, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: Dan and Melissa answer listener questions on discerning God's voice in prayer and spiritual reading versus scriptural reading during prayer time. Topics/Questions covered on the show: Common questions on discerning God's voice in prayer. If we can meditate more easily on spiritual reading rather than Scripture, should we only pray using spiritual reading? How do we know if we are hearing the voice of God in prayer? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com –... Read More

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