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St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Humility, Lent, Pride

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 St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride We waste a lot of time thinking something is owed us. We brood over injury. We are not self-contained. Lent helps us remember the real truth about ourselves and our situation. The wisdom of the saints, like St. Bernard, helps us see our actual situation. His teachings suggest we can be free of brooding and find a new kind of self-possession when we... Read More

Fasting is Not a Diet

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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

The Great Combat

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The Great Combat First Sunday of Lent Presence of God – O Jesus, I withdraw in spirit with You into the desert; teach me how to fight the triple concupiscence of the flesh, pride, and avarice. MEDITATION On this day, which is the real beginning of Lent, the Church invites us to the great combat, the struggle against sin which will bring us to the Easter resurrection. Our model is Jesus, who although... Read More

Ash Wednesday

February 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Ashes, Lent, Liz Estler, Sacramentals, Sin

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Ash Wednesday   Editor’s Note: In order to better understand how the celebration of Ash Wednesday came about, and how to better enter into the Lenten season, today, as we begin this important time of Lent, we bring you an excerpt from an older text on the celebration of this penitential observance of the start of the Church’s Lenten season. “On Ash Wednesday the Church begins... Read More

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer

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Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church’s guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does... Read More

Making the Most of Advent

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Making the Most of Advent Advent is here. Are you ready? How can prepare spiritually for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can make the most of Advent, and how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and lots of resources.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons... Read More

The Prayer of Quiet: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 27 Reflections Pt 1

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The Prayer of Quiet 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 27, Part 1 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa continues her discussion with her brother, Lorenzo, on physical mortification and addresses his questions about transitioning into contemplative prayer. Dan and Melissa discuss “the prayer of quiet” and confronting temptations as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days... Read More

Human Frailty – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 25

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Human Frailty 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 25 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we recognize temptations from the enemy when they are disguised as good works? What do our human frailties have to do with this? Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa’s advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Does God... Read More

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

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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

Preparing for Lent Part 3 – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Preparing for Lent Part 3 Preparing for Lent Part 3 Segment 1 Our last episode the discussion focused on preparing for Lent and participating in the sacraments during the Lenten season. Began talking about the “Spiritual Self Evaluation” chapter in “Navigating the Interior Life.” Sacraments are the foundation of our relationship with God, and prayer draws us more deeply into the sacraments. What... Read More

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