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Questions on Prayer – Part 2

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Questions on Prayer Part 2 Dan and Melissa answer more listener questions on prayer (click here for part 1). They discuss the benefits of a spiritual community to one’s prayer life, some specific meditation practices, advice we can take from the Saints and Mystics, and much more in “Questions on Prayer Part 2”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is there something wrong with me... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)


What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don’t need stuff like that to have a relationship with God.  What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway?  Please help.  I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part III of IV)

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part III of IV) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we looked at how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God. In Part II, we considered the general patterns of growth which we experience. Today, we will begin to explore how to keep faith alive during our lives’... Read More

How can I better praise God?

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Dear Dan, Can you give any help on how to learn to praise God? I enjoy going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and would really like to learn how to praise Him. I don’t feel my words are adequately expressing the praise I really would like to give. Thanksgiving is easier, but I would be grateful for some advice on the praise side. Dear Friend, thank you for asking. This is a very touching... Read More

Another version of Acts of Faith, Hope and Love

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Charity, Dan Burke, Faith, Hope, Prayers


Another Version of Acts of Faith, Hope and Love* ACT OF FAITH: O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst... Read More

Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love

December 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Vocal


Do you ever have trouble shedding distractions and entering into prayer and meditation? A powerful way to open up your time of prayer, meditation, or scripture reading is through acts of faith, hope, and love. These acts can be the recitation of prayers like the ones below or others that you can write on your own. Whether you write your own or recite these traditional forms, these acts can help you... Read More

Frustration and Humility: Any such thing as an Act of Humility?

April 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Humility

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Dear Father John, Your recent comments on frustration, impatience and the need for humility and how to grow in it have been insightful and practical. Thank you so much! However, I would like to know how you would advise going about making an “act of humility”. I am familiar with the Litany of Humility, but I am thinking that there may be a shorter prayer that we could pray a lot, i.e.,... Read More

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