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Ascetical Practice: 30 Days w Teresa of Avila: day 26 reflectn pt 2

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Ascetical Practice 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio When St. Teresa’s brother expressed a desire to practice physical mortification she gave him some spiritual direction. Dan and Melissa discuss ascetical practice, or acesis, and spiritual progress as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XI – Part I

October 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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You never said it would be easy, following Your footsteps here. In fact You promised pain and sorrow; much suffering for those who persevere. It was an enlightening moment of my formation when I first heard Fr. Pinto, founder of the Disciples of Jesus and Mary, say that believing in Jesus doesn’t mean simply believing that He exists, (Which is pretty much where I was at the time.), it means putting... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 6 of 7 – Book Club

July 16, 2013 by  
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Screwtape Letters Week 6 of 7 The Majesty of Tragedy… But when he saw them he knew that he had always known them and realized what part each of them had played at many an hour in his life when he had supposed himself alone, so that now he could say to them one by one, not ‘Who are you?’ but ‘So it was you all the time.’ All that they were and said at this meeting woke memories. The dim... Read More

Mundelein & the Institute for Religious Life Report

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events

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Institute for Religious Life Dear CSD Family, My time with the religious and lay faithful at the Institute for Religious Life at Mundelein Seminary this past week was an absolute joy. I was moved to be able to bless the attendees with more than 500 copies of Navigating the Interior Life and to deliver about 200 books to Fr. Robert Barron for his seminarians – all on your behalf. I can’t thank... Read More

Father Robert Barron on Eucharistic Adoration

February 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Prayer, Videos

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On Eucharistic Adoration On Eucharistic Adoration: Father Robert Barron provides a very effective defense of Eucharistic Adoration in response to Notre Dame’s dissident priest Fr. Richard McBrien’s critique of the practice. Well worth watching and passing along. + To rebut Father McBrien, Father Robert Barron gives examples of notable holy personages of the 20th century who regularly engaged... Read More

The Truth about Movies and Les Miserables

January 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Entertainment, Videos


I don’t usually go to movies to be entertained; instead, I go to engage with truth, beauty, and goodness. I find that movies often allow the voice of God to break into my soul in a way that no other medium can. Movies to me are like living icons – windows to God and truth. As such, I have little regard or appreciation for the common kind of analysis that movie critics provide (with a few... Read More

Can I Trust Opus Dei?

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, Videos

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Dear Dan, I am contemplating a vocation to Opus Dei. For years, I have been hearing a call. I am afraid  however, when I read negative info on websites. I feel torn apart. Can you guide me, provide some insight? Dear Friend, your concerns are valid. To set the stage for my comments I need to state that I am not a member or in any way formally or informally affiliated with Opus Dei. However, I have... Read More

Broken? – Stanza VII – Part II

November 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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For when our human strength prevails, pride and self-reliance grow. We then forget that we are creatures, whom to God, due worship owe. Do we really owe God anything? Yes. Love. It’s the only thing we can give Him, the only thing He wants is that we freely return His love. And we gain everything in return! In the book, “Lift Up Your Heart” Archbishop Fulton Sheen says: Let Go of Fear God does... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul Week 8 of 12

October 31, 2012 by  
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On Suffering Journal of a Soul I think the Lord Jesus has in store for me, before I die, for my complete mortification and purification and in order to admit me to his everlasting joy, some great suffering and affliction of body and spirit. Well, I accept everything and with all my heart, if it is for his glory and the good of my soul and for the souls of my dear spiritual children. I fear my weakness... Read More

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