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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... Read More

Prayer, Theological Virtues, and Spiritual Aridity – Part II

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer

Today, in part two of a special two-part interview Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about establishing a successful prayer life and entering into contemplation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are a few of the most common pitfalls or difficulties that lay people experience in prayer and how can they be avoided? Poverty and humility in prayer is most affective in building a strong... Read More

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one's daily prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation behind writing the book? What significance is behind... Read More

Silence of Jesus

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Silence of Jesus   One of the most admirable characteristics found in the life of Jesus Christ, our Master and our Model, is silence. All the mysteries of His mortal life and the ineffable mystery of His eucharistic life have this mark: the divine seal of silence. Holy Church tells us that Jesus came to this world in the midst of universal silence: “While gentle silence enveloped all things,... Read More

Listen for Jesus in Peaceful Silence

Listen for Jesus in Peaceful Silence At first glance, one may think that speech is superior to silence and that we communicate with Jesus by speaking and singing. Is not Heaven the eternal abode of contemplation and of love? And in Heaven, one sings without ceasing. Isaiah and St. John listened to the new canticle of glory: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts,” which the blessed never... Read More

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?   In 2016, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was canonized. It was truly a great grace for the Church and much was made of her being raised to the altars.  Almost unnoticed, outside of Carmelite circles, was the beatification on November 19, 2016 of Pere Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus, born Henri Grialou in Le Gua, a little town in the mining region... Read More

Aridity and Contemplation

Aridity and Contemplation Presence of God – Draw me to You, O Lord, by the road You choose and in any way You will; I ask only for grace to know how to follow You always. MEDITATION The aridity which comes from God not only has the advantage of making us go forward in virtue, but it also brings us to a higher form of prayer. St. John of the Cross teaches that it is by means of this kind of aridity... Read More

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation What is the difference between meditation and contemplation? What does the transition between them look like? How will you know if you are ready for the transition, and how can you prepare for it? Dan and Melissa discuss when and how this transitioning from meditation to contemplation takes place as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation... Read More

On Knowing Your Sins; How to Meditate More Effectively

Questions on Knowing Your Sins and How to Meditate More Effectively How can we become more aware of our sins? How does our disposition help us to meditate more effectively? Dan and Melissa answer these questions as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do I find myself unaware of how I've offended... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer

Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing as... Read More

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