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Cheerfulness Helps Cultivate Charity

Cheerfulness Helps Cultivate Charity   Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue. Therefore, it is a habit that can and should be acquired. Cheerfulness is perhaps best represented in the word affability. St. Thomas Aquinas places affability under the general heading of the cardinal virtue of justice, the virtue that prompts us to give... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor’s Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles’ post about the prominence of the Cross... Read More

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

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

The Test of Hope

The Test of Hope Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, invincible hope; teach me to hope against all hope, teach me to hope with all my strength. MEDITATION We prove the firmness of our faith by persevering in it in spite of its obscurity; we prove that our hope is strong by continuing to hope in spite of adversity and even when God seems to have abandoned us. As an act of faith made in the midst of... Read More

Mary’s Hope – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Mary’s Hope Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of Good Hope, teach me the way of complete confidence in God. MEDITATION In the Magnificat, the canticle which burst forth from Mary’s heart when she visited her cousin Elizabeth, we find an expression which specially reveals Mary’s interior attitude. “My soul doth magnify the Lord … because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid”... Read More

Finding Hope in the Midst of Sleepless Nights and Challenging Days

January 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

The Church of Mercy (Week 4 of 6) Finding Hope in the Midst of Sleepless Nights and Challenging Days Do you ever feel tempted to quit? I’m in a season of life that has me, in a very physical way, stretched to the limit. I haven’t had a night of uninterrupted sleep in over ten months, and there have been some days and nights recently that have been particularly challenging. But, you know,... Read More

Has Your Child Gone Astray? Your Hope May Be His Saving Grace

January 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Vicki Burbach

The Church of Mercy (Week 3 of 6) In the face of those moments of discouragement we experience in life, in our efforts to evangelize or to embody our faith as parents within the family, I would like to say forcefully: always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandons you! Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts! The “dragon,” evil, is present in... Read More

Embracing Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 30 – Part 1

Embracing Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa expresses joy when she learns of the persecution and suffering of the nuns of Seville and Fr. Gracian. Learn when and how to embrace suffering. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, with particular emphasis on embracing suffering. Topics/Questions... Read More

Leadership & Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 19 reflections

Leadership and Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 19 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   St. Teresa of Avila (also known as St. Teresa of Jesus) gives insights into effective leadership techniques of leadership and prayer. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa of Avila from Dan Burke’s book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Day 19. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St.... Read More

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