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The Merits of Jesus Christ

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Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the merits of Jesus Christ and how we can offer these merits back to God.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do the merits of Jesus Christ “belong” to St. Thérèse, and how can she offer them to God? The Father looks upon us through the His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. How can we offer the merits of the saints... Read More

241. The First Step (John 1:29-34)

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“Today the Holy Spirit floats over the waters in the form of a dove, so that by this sign it might be known that the world’s universal shipwreck has ceased, as the dove had announced to Noah that the world’s flood had subsided.” St. Peter Chrysologus John 1:29-34   The next day, seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.... Read More

No Room in the Inn – A Story About Friendship

April 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Life of Christ (Week 2 of 27) When finally the scrolls of history are completed down to the last words in time, the saddest line of all will be: “There was no room in the inn.” —Life of Christ, Chapter 2: Bethlehem, Paragraph 3 There was once a widower named Jacob who lived next door to a family with three children. When the family pulled their moving van up to the curb of their new home,... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

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On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth... Read More

Contemplating Jesus through Mary of Nazareth

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Contemplating Jesus Through Mary of Nazareth   Oh to be a mother—so many reasons to both worry and rejoice from pregnancy onward. But to be the Mother of the Savior…who can imagine it? Every mother contemplating the Christmas story surely must consider what it would have been like to have an angel announce our pregnancy or ride on a donkey with no place to rest during labor except a manger. But... Read More

Unraveling Yoga Madness

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Unraveling Yoga Madness Dan and Melissa discuss concerns and questions that surfaced in response to last week’s episode where we explored several approaches and beliefs about Yoga along with recommended resources. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Clarification of listener concerns with Demon Possessed through Yoga? episode. Is yoga a “gateway spirituality”? Are there good,... Read More

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not... Read More

Catholicism and Buddhism – Clearing Up the Confusion

February 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Buddhism & Zen, Can I Trust?, Dan Burke

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There is much confusion and misinformation in our time regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and Catholicism. Dr. Clark is both a faithful Catholic and a Chinese scholar (he reads Chinese fluently), his work is well researched, solid, trustworthy, and charitable. Joined with Carl Olson, an excellent theologian, there is no better combination of authors to shed light on this important topic. We are... Read More

Jesus, the First-Born of All Creatures

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Jesus the First-Born of All Creatures Presence of God – Give me light, O Lord Jesus, to see in the lowliness of the Child, the indescribable Majesty of the Son of God. MEDITATION Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created by Him and in Him. And He is... Read More

The Holy Name of Jesus (Part II of II)

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THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS (Part II of II) “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within thee bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He hath done for thee.” Psalm 103:1-2 1. The great saint of the Holy Name is St. Bernardine of Siena. In his missionary expeditions he carried it on a banner, and used it continually in his sermons. He has a long treatise on the... Read More

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