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Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor... Read More

Conversion

Conversion   Presence of God – O Lord, You have created me for Yourself; grant that, with all my strength, I may tend toward You, my last end. MEDITATION In…Ezekiel 34:11-16, we read: “For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I Myself will seek My sheep, and will visit them … and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day…. I... Read More

The Light of Faith: How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Light of Faith – How I was Converted by Two College Classmates I Never Knew   Seeds of the Word (Week 7 of 11) In “New” atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as a pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc. Time and time again, the late Christopher Hitchens,... Read More

A Frame of Mercy

Editor's Note: Today we introduce Jo Flemings to you as a writer on our site.  Please welcome her warmly and make her feel at home. A Frame of Mercy   I work part-time. I am a nanny, personal assistant, specialty chef, and girl-Friday for a young mother in an affluent neighborhood in my town. I love my boss, her family, and my job. When I started in this position a couple of years ago, I was... Read More

Happy Father’s Day to Our Father in Heaven

June 19, 2016 by  
Filed under God, Liz Estler, Prayer

Happy Father's Day to Our Father in Heaven Happy Father's Day to All Fathers, Including Our Father in Heaven!   As we celebrate Father's Day today in the United States, we include Our Father in heaven and we honor and thank Him for all He has done for us in sending Christ to show us the Father, His mercy and His love. Jesus taught His disciples the “Our Father” prayer when they asked... Read More

Fasting is Not a Diet

February 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Fasting, Lent, Patti Armstrong

Fasting is not a Diet   What is the difference between a religious fast and a diet? Dieting is about your body and health. Fasting is about your soul, God, and answers to prayer. Both are good; one is infinitely superior. With a diet, incentives are many. Fitting into a smaller size is the Holy Grail of fashion and appearance. Feeling and looking good is the reward that gets us through a rumbling... Read More

Be Genuine — Great Lenten Metanoia Project!

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

BE GENUINE Great Lenten Metanoia Project! [Recently] I received a phone call from a friend who wanted to talk about the nature of repentance. It was a life-giving conversation. Last night, I received a phone call from someone, unrelated to the call the night before, who wanted to talk about, well — repentance. Clearly, people are interested in this all important word that is essential to our... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Apostle

January 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Apostle Conversion of St Paul “The conversion of St. Paul the Apostle… happened the second year after the Ascension of our Lord…[1] And, “… This feast originated in Gaul in the sixth century and is celebrated on January 25, the presumed date of the transfer of the relics of St. Paul to the Constantinian basilica on the Ostian Way.”[2] ... Read More

Questions on Prayer – Part 2

January 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Method, Prayer, Show Notes

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 if I... Read More

Calming the Storm: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila – Day 30 Reflections, Pt 2

Calming the Storm 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Why does God allow suffering? St. Teresa helps us make sense of God's role in our suffering. Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila…and on calming the storm. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God “raise up storms”... Read More

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