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Make Known the Mercies of God

Make Known the Mercies of God In the name of the Father, Christ sends His disciples into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to make known the mercies of God. The humble movement of God’s heart reaching out to ours, extending even into the deepest recesses of our misery, ought to evoke our love and gratitude. Those who come to realize what Christ suffered for their sakes yearn to give a return.... Read More

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge     In mystical contemplation, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding move the soul in delightful ways that it does not understand. Divine light and warmth enkindle the depths of the soul and completely captivate the mind. Reason does not lead the way but is led to silent surrender with great spiritual fruitfulness. Here, the limits... Read More

Tears and Prayer

Tears and Prayer It is said that after his conversion, Saint Ignatius could not stop weeping. He shed tears all the time. This is so much the case that only through the gift of tears do we really understand the spiritual exercises that he proposed. Saint Teresa of Ávila also recommends this way of tears. In them is found a mysterious consolation that only God’s presence can give. For great mystics... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who... Read More

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind   Some argue that since God already knows our deepest needs, sharing these with Him is redundant. Instead of humble petition, some teachers suggest emptying the mind of everything. As rationality is abandoned, they propose that the mind can evolve beyond limiting structures. For them, catechesis and the teaching of the Church are a helpful stepping-stone,... Read More

Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH) for the Rest of Us

June 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer

If you’re like any number of Catholics, you’ve heard of the breviary, the Divine Office, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Maybe you’ve tried your hand at an Hour or two. Maybe you’ve even succeeded. But maybe, like many of our fellow Catholics, you’ve failed and given up, coming to the conclusion that those who devote themselves to the Liturgy of the Hours are either insane... Read More

Call to Prayer: 7 Resources for your Lenten Journey

February 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

Resources for your Lenten Journey One of the countless joys of the Church is the recurring open invitation to move deeper into the life of grace. These invitations come in a thousand ways, through the lives of the saints, through the sacraments and especially through our liturgical seasons. As Lent begins to rise on the horizon, we are again faced with another divine beckoning to move into a deeper... Read More

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