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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.The Oblation of Saint Therese 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 Thérèse's “yes” similar to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
  • How was Saint Thérèse's view of God different than that of the Jansenists?


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Patricia

    What a beautiful topic for today -gift giving- as an exchange of love!
    GIft-giving is on everyone’s minds during these days when we reflect upon the greatest gift ever given to us- The Divine Child – a gift of love from God of His only Son, made possible by Mary’s gift of love, surrender and obedience to the Divine Will of God.
    St. Therese also made a total gift of herself to God by surrendering her own will, self-love, her own desires, preferences and plans for her life, so that she could attend to and love Jesus, just for Himself, with her undivided attention, giving Jesus permission to do as He pleased with her. Like Mary, she chose “all” of what He might wish to do before she even knew what that might be. This surrender, coupled with her virginity, has born – and still continues-many fruits for the salvation of souls through her prayers, sacrifices, and intentions. In God’s time, but not in her lifetime on earth, all her desires to do everything for Him were accomplished. Without ever leaving the cloister, she became the Patroness of the Missions. She wanted to preach the gospel around the world, to sing of His mercies forever. God fulfilled this desire too!. Her relics have traveled the world. Headlines state, “Little saint stops traffic on Fifth Avenue .” When her relics went to Siberia, her autobiography was translated into that language, and it was the best seller of the year! Her relics have literally traveled around the world in the International Space Station.
    This is not to say she lived a hidden life and now has fame, but that she continues to sing of His mercies though time and space, drawing those from the furthest corners and most populated cities to His Love. She is a gift that keeps on giving! And God takes the smallest bit of what is given in love and multiplies it!

  • Bev Mabry

    no text here? gee us almost deaf folks really can feel left out of things. I don’t do video’s – impossible to hear everything. 🙁

    • LizEst

      Hi Bev — Yes, we do remember you and your previous comments about this. That is why our operations officer is looking to add this. But, we still have not been able to do so. It takes a good while to get something like this set up.

      • Bev Mabry

        thanks for your response, Liz.

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