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Leadership & Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 19 reflections

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Leadership and Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 19 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   St. Teresa of Avila (also known as St. Teresa of Jesus) gives insights into effective leadership techniques of leadership and prayer. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa of Avila from Dan Burke’s book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Day 19. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St.... Read More

30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Days 1 & 2

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Days 1 and 2   Dan and Melissa discuss detachment and suffering by reflecting on the first two letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Attachments: How to recognize them. Are they bad? What are the steps to achieving detachment? How can we obtain freedom and peace through detachment? Dan... Read More

Preparing for Lent Part 2 – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Preparing for Lent Part 2 – Divine Intimacy Radio Preparing for Lent Part 2: Here’s what a recent listener said about the show: “I just listened to the first Divine Intimacy Radio show. Great job! You and Melissa are a joy to listen to, such nice voices, and the real rapport comes through. I enjoyed her little laughs and your excited speech when you got into answering the calls. It... Read More

What is My Deepest Desire? (Part II of II)

January 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Life


In part I of this series, we talked about God being first in our lives and making Him the driving force in our lives so that we are “running as if to win.” Today, we will discuss love’s purifying fire and St. Ignatius of Loyola’s concept of “Tanto Cuanto.” This question is the focus of our discussion: You’ve written about focusing on the heart and the Bible... Read More

Affection for Jesus — Video


Affection for Jesus Affection for Jesus: Father Michael Najim, a priest of the diocese of Rhode Island, reflects on God’s mercy and on our affections:  good and bad affections, affection for sin and attachment to sin, affection for our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives.  He discusses the damaging effects of sin and how we feel because of it.  He talks about how to remedy our affection for sin... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 17- St John of the Cross

February 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love 17 Sayings of Light and Love 17: Since a double measure of bitterness must follow the doing of your own will, do not do it even though you remain in single bitterness. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer... Read More

On Emperors and Beanie Babies


Most everyone knows of the fabled emperor that paraded the streets in his undergarments, believing he was adorned in the finest of cloth that only the foolish could not see. Lest he admit being a fool, he feigned witnessing the imaginary fabric and played the biggest fool of all. The crowd, also fearing being taken for fools, participated in the charade. Not until a child, lacking guile and pretentiousness,... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 3 of 7 – Book Club

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Screwtape Letters Week 3 of 7 As long as he retains externally the habits of a Christian he can still be made to think of himself as one who has adopted a few new friends and amusements but whose spiritual state is much the same as it was six weeks ago. And while he thinks that we do not have to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully recognized, sin, but only with his vague,... Read More

What is an “attachment”? “disordered” attachments?

January 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Attachments, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I would like to learn more about the idea of attachments. What is a disordered attachment and what is the difference, say, between a normal need for food and a disordered attachment for it? How can I tell the difference? Also, this is kind of a related point but is there a point at which indulgence in over-eating moves from a venial sin to a mortal sin? A disordered attachment is... Read More

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