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Posture during Mass and St Peter of Alcantara’s Preparation for Meditation

Posture during Mass and Preparation for Meditation Posture during Mass and preparation for meditation. Why should we use the words of the saints when we are preparing for mental prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is posture in prayer important? How does Christian teaching on prayer posture... Read More

Spiritual Warfare: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 23 Reflections

Spiritual Warfare 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 23 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa diagnoses a spiritual warfare attack of the devil on a fellow nun. Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa’s advice to this nun in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How does the devil attack us through temptation? St. Teresa diagnoses... Read More

The Mystery of Faith

The Mystery of Faith Presence of God – O Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, and I adore You. Increase my faith. MEDITATION In the Canon [Eucharistic Prayer] of the Mass, the Eucharist is called “Mysterium fidei,” the Mystery of faith; indeed, only faith can make us see God present under the appearances of bread. Here, as St. Thomas says, the senses... Read More

Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching

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Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching Defending Catholic social teaching against the cultural current can make one feel like a hamster on a wheel–spinning in circles and getting nowhere fast. Truth and logic are rejected up against arguments that spring from a faulty foundation. Just as altering a sail does nothing to fix a sinking ship, and redecorating a house can’t improve a rotting infrastructure,... Read More

The Majesty of the Eucharist – Book Club

December 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 5 of 14) If men of the world ask why you communicate so often, tell them that it is in order that you may learn to love God, that you may be purified from your imperfections, delivered from your perplexities, comforted in your sorrows, strengthened in your weakness. Tell them that there are two classes of men who need frequent communion – those who are... Read More

A miracle in adoration

January 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Eucharist

A Miracle in Adoration A number of years ago I had an extraordinary experience in adoration. I had suffered for years with chronic and often debilitating pain. The pain caused me to isolate myself because after fighting the pain, I had so little energy to interact with or serve others. After the prompting of the Holy Spirit and a period of reflection and prayer, I decided that I would try to fight... Read More

Too much talking during Adoration; Purpose of a litany? Pt I of II

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Adoration, Fr. Bartunek, Litanies, Prayer, Silence

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Dear Father John, I went to Adoration this morning with my prayer group. There weren’t too many of us, but I always have a feeling that there is too much talking during our Adoration, and I just don’t get the “purpose” of a “litany” (which we pray together during Adoration). Each time I hear a litany, repeating the same sentence 2 or 3 times gives me feeling of being brain washed. I don’t... Read More

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