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The Stories of Hymns – Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast

Description: What happened to traditional hymns during Mass and why are they so important? Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. George Rutler about his book The Stories of Hymns: The History Behind 100 of Christianity’s Greatest Hymns to find out. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and significance of the hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”? What is the difference between a... Read More

The Stories of Hymns – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: What happened to traditional hymns during Mass and why are they so important? Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. George Rutler about his book The Stories of Hymns: The History Behind 100 of Christianity's Greatest Hymns to find out. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and significance of the hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”? What is the difference between... Read More

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?   Choir and Rood Screen in Albi Cathedral in France From time to time, in various spiritual writings and elsewhere, I’ve come across the term “choir” and it seems like it has nothing to do with music, which is what I associate it with. I think it might have something to do with Mass, perhaps where it is said?, but I’m not exactly sure what. Is it used... Read More

Need for Liturgical Conscience: Where to Get One (3/3)

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

The Need for a Liturgical Conscience — and Where to Get One Part III of III Editor's Note: In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the idea that we need to develop a liturgical conscience. In Part II, he described the first five on the “10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life”. Today, he will examine commandments six through ten. 10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life (continued)   6.... Read More

Love is Moving

December 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events, Videos

Dear Friends, The following is a post from one of my favorite Catholic musicians, Audrey Assad. If you are not familiar with her, you are missing something. Before you read what she has to say, I thought you might be moved by this video, Love is Moving. One Thing by Audrey Assad One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,... Read More

Using Chant to Help Your Prayer Life

November 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Music, Prayer, Prayer Life

Using Chant to Help Your Prayer Life - SpiritualDirection.com

Using Chant to Help Your Prayer Life I was driving home alone from Mass recently and experienced a rare post-Mass time of silence and reflection. Out of habit, I plugged my iPhone into the charger and, as usual, the car radio began to play a random music selection from my phone. Even though this always happens, I wasn’t paying attention or expecting this because my mind was elsewhere. Then I noticed... Read More

What is Custody of the Senses?

I’ve heard about custody of the senses. What exactly is it and why should I practice it? Thank you Father. Your explanations always help. Great question! Yes, we should all practice “custody of the senses.” The core meaning of this traditional phrase from our Catholic spirituality is fairly simple to grasp. It means taking care of what we pay attention to. Our senses put us into contact with... Read More

Lean Into The Wind

April 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Liz Estler, Music

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles don’t have much spare time. Why is that? It’s because their daily life includes both prayer and service to God’s people through healthcare, education, and spiritual retreats. Nevertheless, they have been kind and gracious in sharing their writing skills with us here at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction for some time now. We are excited... Read More

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It's really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is a constant... Read More

When Faith and Music Collide

February 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Music

There's something about the way God created us, that we need music in order to fulfill our being and truly understand what beauty and goodness really are. My studies in music have really refined my personal aesthetic tastes over the past few years. Sure, I still love a good musical number and practically anything written in the 70's, but for the most part, my heart is happiest when I'm listening to... Read More

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