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The Good Life 101

Why is it good to be good? Christian human perfection is a spiritual union with God, which can be attained in this life. However, it exists alongside human misery, rebellious passions, and venial sin; therefore, it is not absolute perfection. If Christ exhorts us to “be perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect,” just how does one go about ‘doing' this? Does human perfection consist in an assent to a set of... Read More

Letting Go of Grudges

Letting Go of Grudges A young French schoolboy watched as two Englishmen disembarked from their ship at the port of Calais. Before they knew what hit them, the lad charged at them, push­ing them off the pier into the water. Not too pleased at this inhospitable gesture, the men climbed out and ac­costed the boy. “Just what are you trying to do? Is that any way to greet visitors to your country? A good spank­ing might teach... Read More

53. God’s Wild Idea (Matthew 16:21-28)

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Offer him your sufferings according to all the intentions for which he continually offers himself on the altars of our churches. Your sacrifice, united to the sacrifice of Jesus, will bring many sinners back to the Father; many without faith will find the true faith; many weak Christians will receive the strength to live fully the teaching and the law of Christ.” – Venerable Pope Pius XII Matthew 16:21-28: From that... Read More

From Grief to Grace: Divine Intimacy Radio and Podcast

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

From Grief to Grace Description: When tragedy, loss or failed expectations strike, how can we cope with our circumstances in a healthy, faithful way? Today, Dan and Melissa speak with author, Jeannie Ewing about her book From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph to better understand God's will in difficult situations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration behind this book? How would you... Read More

Love of Neighbor, Love of God

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Love of Neighbor, Love of God The Lord (Week 11 of 23) My nerves are frayed. If one. more. person. asks something of me, I will explode. In fact, I will not just explode, but probably also implode. It's NOT impossible. I can feel the truth of it in my bones. And then, it happens. It's the smallest thing, so inconsequential I don't even remember it. And despite that overwhelming, drowning sensation, I find myself doing the thing... Read More

Prudent Judgment

Prudent Judgment   Presence of God – Help me, O God, to judge with rectitude so that I may be able to act accordingly. MEDITATION The first duty of prudence is to help us choose the best means for attaining our final end. Many times the choice is easy and presents itself spontaneously to a mind accustomed to making judgments and acting in the light of eternity. At other times, however, it is difficult and perplexing, as... Read More

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?   I make spiritual communion because I'm trying to be obedient to the church. My husband is a non-Catholic and refuses to get his first marriage annulled. So where does that leave me? I regularly attend mass. I've been instructed by my priest that I should not receive the Sacraments (confession and communion). Am I left outside of sanctifying grace? Thank you for this question. Even from... Read More

News Anxiety

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes

News Anxiety   Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about how to handle the news when it disturbs your peace. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we listen to the news when it affects our peace of mind? Why does the news excite so much anxiety? Can we trust the media? What is the best news source? What is our role in counteracting the chaos and turmoil going in our world? Does the overconsumption... Read More

Who is the Center of Your Life?

Exploring the Source and Summit Christ should be the center of our daily lives.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian Life” (CCC 1324 citing Lumen Gentium 11). First of all, Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice at the Last Supper as He offered His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity for the whole world. Christian spirituality flows from the... Read More

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering Thinker: The Mystic Rose of Lima Rose was not an academic and had little in the way of formal education, although she did learn to read. Among her favorite books were biographies of Saint Catherine of Siena and the spiritual guidebooks of another notable Dominican, Venerable Louis of Granada. In fact, his Book of Prayer and Meditation became Saint Rose’s favorite book,... Read More

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