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The “Little Way” of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the “Little Way” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and how this practical guide to spirituality can help anyone find Christ.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Thérèse explains that Jesus' heart breaks when Christians are ungrateful for what He has done in their lives, especially when they reject the grace that He has given them. What... Read More

God has Revealed His Love through His Son

God has Revealed His Love through His Son* From a letter to Diognetus No man has ever seen God [1 John 4:12] or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is possible to see him. God, the Lord and maker of all things, who created the world and set it in order, not only loved man but was also patient with him. So he has always been, and is, and will be: kind, good, free from anger, truthful; indeed,... Read More

Glory to God

December 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

Glory to God Presence of God – I unite myself in spirit to the angelic choir singing the glory of the Lord over the fields of Bethlehem. MEDITATION The Word was made flesh for our salvation and happiness. However, the primary end of the Incarnation is God’s glory, which is the end of all His works. He, the one absolute good, cannot will anything apart from His glory. By sending His only Son to save men, He wished to glorify... Read More

Saint John the Evangelist

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Saint John the Evangelist Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. It is St. John who is thought to be the “Beloved Disciple”, the Apostle who is referred to as the one “whom Jesus loved” six times in the Gospel of St. John (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20, 21:24). He is the only one of the Twelve who was understood not to have been martyred and, thus, lived to old age.... Read More

Dangerous Habits – Serious or Mortal Sin?

December 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Addiction, Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Dangerous Habits   Dear Father John, What if someone has a habit which is a grave sin (say, porn, masturbation, gambling, alcohol, fornication, etc.) so there is probably not full consent. Can they receive communion, or do they have to go to confession before communion in each instance? Or is that something the priest should address on an individual basis in Confession? Your instinct here seems to be on target. Factors that... Read More

Series on Scrupulosity

December 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Scrupulosity

On Scrupulosity Series Scrupulosity Series Dear Friends, Series on Scrupulosity We have updated the Scrupulosity Series with links for easier access to all the posts on scrupulosity. You can find the titles and the links below! Seek Him – Find Him – Follow Him Dan Editor's Note: Here are helpful posts on scrupulosity, which, according to the definition of scrupulosity in the glossary of Dan's book “Navigating... Read More

The Nativity of Our Lord

The Nativity of Our Lord Christmas Day! The Savior has Appeared The Nativity of Our Lord Presence of God — Behold, I am at the feet of my Incarnate God, who has become a Child for love of me! I adore, I thank, I love! MEDITATION God is charity: He has loved us with an everlasting love! “I think God must have said to Himself: Man does not love Me because he does not see Me; I will show Myself to him and thus make him... Read More

The Great Mystery is Accomplished

December 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Christmas, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

The Great Mystery is Accomplished December Twenty-Fourth Presence of God – O Incarnate Word, my Savior, teach me the lessons of wisdom contained in the mystery of Your Incarnation. MEDITATION Of all the works done by God in time and outside of Himself, the redemptive Incarnation of the Word is the greatest. It is the greatest because it has for end, not a mere creature, however sublime, but God Himself, the eternal Word who,... Read More

The Oblation of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa are joined by Dr. Anthony Lilles as they unravel the meaning of the oblation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Was the book, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, intended to be an informative book about Saint Thérèse? What does “oblation” mean to Saint Thérèse? How can an oblation (self-offering) be a form of holocaust? How is Saint... Read More

Discerning the Will of God with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Need a last minute Christmas gift for a loved one? Consider giving them a gift that could change their life forever by giving them a gift of enrollment in the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. We have extended the application deadline to December 28th for the Winter Session. Apply here.   Discerning the Will of God: St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Discernment of Spirits   Every Christian at some point in his or... Read More

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