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Love of the Cross

September 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Suffering, The Cross

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LOVE OF THE CROSS From a Meditation by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   “We hear repeatedly that St. John of the Cross desired nothing for himself but to suffer and be despised. We want to know the reason for this love of suffering. Is it merely the loving remembrance of the path of suffering of our Lord on earth, a tender impulse to be humanly... Read More

When Joy is Wrong – According to St John of the Cross

September 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Joy, Marriage Spirituality, Matthew Leonard

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When Joy is Wrong According to St John of the Cross   We’re all aware we shouldn’t take inordinate pleasure in earthly/temporal goods (which remains a problem for most of us). Affected by the original sin of Adam and Eve, we tend to focus too much on the things of this world. The clichés of women craving shoes and men drooling over cars is rooted in reality. We like stuff. Again, it’s not... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5

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This week Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5 – never change spiritual commitments while experiencing spiritual desolation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Fifth Rule. “The fifth: In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation,... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always – An Exhortation by St Augustine

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Rejoice in the Lord Always! *   The Apostle tells us to rejoice, but in the Lord, not in the world. Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world, says Scripture, will be reckoned an enemy of God [cf James 4:4]. As a man cannot serve two masters, so one cannot rejoice both in the world and in the Lord. Let joy in the Lord prevail, then, until joy in the world is no more. Let joy in the Lord go... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 3 “Spiritual Consolation”

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On this week’s show, listen as Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s third rule of Discernment of Spirits, “Spiritual Consolation”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Ignatius’ Third Rule of Discernment of Spirits: “The third is of spiritual consolation. I call it consolation when some interior movement is caused in the soul, through which... Read More

Father of Mercies: A Retreat Guide on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

February 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Retreat Guides

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FATHER OF MERCIES: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Father of Mercies, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. We are all familiar with the Gospel parable of the Prodigal Son—at least, we are familiar with one part of it. We all remember how the younger brother in the parable demanded to receive his inheritance before his father... Read More

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I do? (Part II of II)

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I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we looked at the battle raging in the world since the beginning of time up until now, and the first thing we can about these circumstances, though our emotions may be contradictory.  Today we will examine the second thing we can do.  Here is the question we are examining, from one of our readers: Dear... Read More

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II)

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I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, In my daily prayer, I cannot help but feel myself torn between two emotions. One is the heartfelt desire to trust Jesus totally as I know he is present with me. The other is a human fear about the rise of demonic extremist Islam and the decline of our Judeo-Christian culture. I want to experience peace but so... Read More

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

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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

From Sorrow to Joy: Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confession

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FROM SORROW TO JOY: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, From Sorrow to Joy: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confession, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When the devil tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he directly contradicted something that God had told them. God had told them that eating the forbidden fruit would... Read More

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