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212. Never Losing Heart (Luke 18:1-8)

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, The Better Part


“For he who will reward us on judgment day for our works and alms will even in this life listen mercifully to those who come to him in prayer combined with good works.” – St. Cyprian of Carthage Luke 18:1-8: Then he told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. ‘There was a judge in a certain town’ he said ‘who had neither fear of God nor respect for man.... Read More

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement


Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don’t bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel,... Read More

Faith — A Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Faith A Divine Intimacy Meditation Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may understand the great value of faith. MEDITATION “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6) because faith is the foundation of all our relations with Him. For the man without faith, God has neither meaning, nor value, nor place in his life. On the other hand, the more lively our faith is, the more... Read More

Spiritual Battle and the Contest of Faith

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Faith, Spiritual Warfare


Spiritual Battle and the Contest of Faith*   As we do battle and fight in the contest of faith, God, his angels and Christ himself watch us! How exalted is the glory, how great the joy of engaging in a contest with God presiding, of receiving a crown with Christ as judge. Dear brethren, let us arm ourselves with all our might, let us prepare ourselves for the struggle by innocence of heart, integrity... Read More

The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith

March 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Easter, Faith, Resurrection


The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith To believe that the Lord is Risen is to believe that He is present in a radical and wonderful way. His powerful presence is accessible only by faith — this is because He has ascended into heaven. Such is the substance of our hope. When we cleave to Him by faith, because His presence is real and personal, He raises us up with Him. When Mary Magdalene calls... Read More

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

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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... Read More

How Does One Persevere in Faith?

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Perseverance, Spiritual Direction


How Does One Persevere in Faith? Dear Father John, I have returned to the Church after many years of not attending, but I was never away in my heart.  I was very enthusiastic when I came back and I’m faithfully doing all the Church asks.  Sometimes, it feels like I am just going through the motions and I want to quit. How do I keep going? IT’S ONE THING to make good choices, to use our freedom... Read More

A King’s Riches


A King’s Riches The story is told of Alexander the Great, that one day, upon heading home from a victorious battle, his caravan came upon a beggar by the roadside who asked for a copper coin. Initially, the courtier sent him away, but King Alexander intervened and asked what the poor man wanted. The courtier said a copper coin. After looking at the man, he returned to his carriage to grab a bag... Read More

Ode to Cecil: Truth is Like a Lion

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The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 11 of 15) Why is it, then, that “truth begets hatred?”  Why is your man who preaches truth to men become an enemy in their eyes, even though there is love for the happy life, which is naught else but joy in the truth?  Can such things be except because truth is loved in such wise that men who love some other object want what they love to be the truth,... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do with Faith? (Part II of II)


What do books have to do with faith? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note:  In part one, we looked at what literature is and the magnificent power of poetry.  Today, we will examine drama and fiction, and talk about the positive effect that the fine arts can have on our spiritual development. Here is the question we are looking at: Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site. ... Read More

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