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A Desert and an Exile – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how this life can feel like both a desert and an exile at times and how God gives us the strength to persevere through difficulty. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse has a self-giving way of loving God. She desires no consolations or perceptible love in return, only “a love felt by Jesus”. Is it wrong to desire an experiential... Read More

Preparing for Mass: Taking a Cue from A Prayer for Priests

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bryan Jerabek, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer

Preparing for Mass: Taking A Cue from A Prayer for Priests A little over five years have now passed since the new translation of the Roman Missal went into effect in the various English-speaking countries. In this wonderful new edition, if you turn to the latter part of Appendix VI, there are prayers that the priest is encouraged to say before and after Mass. And one of them – the “Formula of Intent” – is, I think, very... Read More

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God With the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of supernatural grace makes one’s whole existence holy. This doctrine of deification, or divinization, involves a true sharing in God’s life that does not diminish our created dignity but raises our freedom above its natural capacities. To be assimilated into the life of God in a way that perfects our humanity, the human person, as a creature,... Read More

Evangelization and the Interior Life

Evangelization and the Interior Life   The Avila Institute offers courses in spiritual formation for the faithful from all sorts of different backgrounds. We aim to instruct the faithful in the rich mystical tradition of the Church so that they may grow closer to Jesus Christ, the source of their salvation, and share Him with others. An upcoming course on evangelization and the interior life is one of many courses we offer... Read More

Single and Catholic: Finding Meaning in Your State of Life – DI Radio Show and Podcast

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

Description: Being single and Catholic isn't always easy in today's world. Dan and Melissa address this problem as they speak with Judy Keane about her book Single and Catholic: Finding Meaning in Your State of Life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is this book about dating and courtship? In what ways can one make the most of his or her time as a single person? What are some of the myths and misunderstandings of being... Read More

Bookmark Brief: How To Read Your Way To Heaven

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, How Read Way to Heaven, Liz Estler, Vicki Burbach, Videos

Bookmark Brief: Vicki Burbach on Her Book “How To Read Your Way To Heaven”   Hello, Faithful Readers! As you may recall, Vicki Burbach has a new book out titled How to Read Your Way to Heaven: A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone In Between. EWTN's Doug Keck has put together a mini-interview of our own Vicki Burbach, who you may recognize as our SpiritualDirection.com... Read More

Inspired by the Children of Fatima

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Our Lady of Fatima (Week 5 of 8) What a range of chapters this week! How can you not be inspired by the children of Fatima? I was torn…the kidnapping of the three children is tantalizing and quite a tale, but I keep coming back, in my own heart, to the continuing development of the children's spiritual life. Jacinta was too unselfish to be able to dwell long or complacently on her own good fortune when there were so many... Read More

Vocal Prayer

Vocal Prayer   Presence of God – Lord, teach me to pray! MEDITATION When one of His disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1), He taught them a very simple vocal prayer: the Our Father. It is certainly the most sublime formula possible and contains the whole essence of the most elevated mental prayer. However, Jesus gave it as a formula for vocal prayer: “When you pray, say …” (Luke 11:2).... Read More

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection?

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Easter, Eternity, Fr. Bartunek, Resurrection

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection? Dear Father John, I was looking around the SpiritualDirection.com site and found a post from back in 2014 (Why are Holy Water Fonts at Church Doors? Why Bless Ourselves with Holy Water) in which you said that peacocks are considered signs of the Resurrection. I never knew that. Why are peacocks thought of in that way? Is it the same for peahens? One of our relatives has... Read More

Divine and Human Mercy (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

April 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

Divine and Human Mercy From a Sermon by Saint Caesarius of Arles, bishop (Sermo 25m I: CCL 103, 111-112)  Sobering words for our celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday today! Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7) My brothers and sisters, sweet is the thought of mercy, but even more so is mercy itself. It is what all men hope for, but unfortunately, not what all men deserve. For while all men wish... Read More

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