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Prayer, Theological Virtues, and Spiritual Aridity – Part I

Today, in part one of a special two-part interview, Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about prayer, the theological virtues and spiritual aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the most powerful prayer? How should the virtues of faith, hope and love be incorporated into my prayer life? How does reading Scripture passages help us grow in faith? How can we build faith, hope and love through the events of... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity Saints Peter and Paul “This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. ‘For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message.' These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed the truth, they died for it. “Saint... Read More

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. Reading has made many saints. —Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way Shortly after I became a Catholic, I stumbled upon a book that highlighted traditions of the Faith that had been followed for some centuries. Some were small-t traditions, and others large-T traditions. My husband is a cradle Catholic, but there were a lot of things I was reading about Catholic... Read More

The Benefits of Taking Courses from The Avila Institute – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Every soul needs to be nourished continually in the spiritual life. Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the benefits of taking courses from the Avila Institute and how this experience can lead to incredible spiritual growth! Topics/Questions covered in the show: What type of courses are offered through the Avila Institute? How rigorous are the courses? How much time is required to take these classes? Are there different... Read More

What’s Gritty, Gutsy, Requires Patience and is Absolutely Necessary? Granite Faith

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Granite Faith The Lord (Week 2 of 23) What is demanded of us, as of her, is a constant wrestling in fide with the mystery of God and with the evil resistance of the world. Our obligation is not delightful poetry but granite faith — more than ever in this age of absolutes in which the mitigating spell is falling from all things and naked opposites clash everywhere. The purer we see and understand the figure of the Mother of... Read More

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist   Presence of God – Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me how to live with You through the Sacrament of Your love. MEDITATION Devotion to the Sacred Heart should bring us to a life of intimate union with Jesus who, we know, is truly present and living in the Eucharist. The two devotions—to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist—are closely connected. They call upon one another and, we may... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity–except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy... Read More

Returning Love for Love: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love than love itself. “Love... Read More

Emotions in Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Discernment of Spirits, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? How can I encourage... Read More

Go to Hell or Go to Prayer (Video)

Go to Hell or Go To Prayer “Go to hell or go to prayer” is a striking title for a post but it is not an overstatement. Why is it that Saints and Doctors of the Church Teresa of Avila and Alphonsus Liguori believe that without daily mental prayer we will go to hell and with daily mental prayer we are assured of heaven? On the surface, these claims seem to be a bit over the top. How can they justify these statements?... Read More

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