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How Can I Grow in Virtue? (Part II of II)

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Virtue


How Can I Grow in Virtue? Part II of II Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we examined how we grow in virtue, how the virtues grow together and what constitutes the primary spiritual workout that helps us grow in the virtue we seek.  Today, we will look at how much we should pray throughout the day and throughout the rest of our lives. Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John, I am... Read More

Viva Cristo Rey: Celebrating the Life Witness of Blessed Miguel Pro

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


¡Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Cristo Rey!* Yesterday was the Solemnity of Christ the King, properly known as the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Today, we honor Blessed Miguel Pro, a Catholic priest who was martyred during the persecutions of Catholics in Mexico during the Cristero War (1926-1929). The Feast of Christ the King day was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, in his... Read More

I Was Born For You

November 8, 2015 by  
Filed under God's Will, Pilgrimage, Prayer, Teresa Tomeo

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

I Was Born For You Editor’s Note:  In anticipation of Avila Institute’s and Ave Maria Radio’s upcoming 2016 Easter Week pilgrimage to Spain, with Dan Burke and Teresa Tomeo, Teresa has graciously shared a reflection on St. Teresa of Avila, the saint she was named after, and St. Teresa’s prayer “I Was Born For You”. When most of us think of famous words written... Read More

How a Pilgrimage Answers the Need for Peace, Quiet, and Strength

September 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage

How a Pilgrimage Answers the Need for Peace, Quiet, and Strength

We live in a time where we are constantly assailed by noise and busy-ness. If we walk away from our computers, our phone begins to ring or buzz. We go out to eat and there are televisions on every wall. Exercise equipment in the gym is now equipped with TV as the pounding music rages from the cycling room. To keep our sanity and refresh our souls, sometimes we need longer periods of silence than... Read More

Why Are Pilgrimages Important?

September 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage

Author’s Note: A few years ago, a reader wrote us and asked about why shrines and pilgrimages are important. Because I will be leading a pilgrimage in March 2016 together with Teresa Tomeo, I thought this was a timely topic to share again for those of you who may not have read it and who may wonder the same.  – Dan Our friends over at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia have provided... Read More

Celebrating the Ruins of A King

August 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage


Recently, on a trip to Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Mukawir, the ruins of what was once called Machaerus, the mighty fortress where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for about 2 years, then had him beheaded. Mukawir in the foreground with the Dead Sea in the distance There isn’t much to see at Mukawir but some ruins amidst the rocks and scattered bushes. Still, I highly recommend... Read More

Saint Maria Goretti

July 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


When I was a young girl, my mother would often tell us stories of the saints. I loved it, and today’s saint, St. Maria Goretti, was one of my favorites. Photograph of St Maria Goretti, taken in 1902 Perhaps it was that she was young, like me, and I felt closer to her than the adult saints. Maybe it was that her holiness lies in her rejection of a premature sexuality, something I also understood. Whatever... Read More

Ein Kerem: Birthplace of John the Baptist


Luke, Chapter 1 tells us the whole, exciting and miraculous story of the Birth of John the Baptist, which we celebrate today. First, we read of the announcement–by an angel, no less–of the very unexpected conception and later birth of the baby who would grow up to become John the Baptist. His parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were older, you see, and had long given up hope of ever having... Read More

Inside the Holy Sepulchre


Editor’s Note:  Today, it gives us great pleasure to introduce to you, Mr. David Torkington.  David is an English theologian who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology.  As well as being a prolific author, he also gives retreats and lectures extensively.  Today, we feature his first post on our site.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home. Inside... Read More

Why We Need Lourdes

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Healing, Marriage, Mary, Pilgrimage


Why do we need Lourdes? Of all of the Marian shrines in the world, Notre Dame de Lourdes in France is most associated with healing. Bernadette Soubirous and the Lady On February 11, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous went to Massabielle on the banks of the river and saw a lady dressed in white in a grotto. She saw her a few more times before the lady asked her to return every night for a fortnight,... Read More

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