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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience—and Where to Get One (Part II of III)

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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience and Where to Get One Part II of III Editor’s Note: In Part I, Mr. Carstens introduced the concept of a liturgical conscience. In part II today, he will begin explicating the first five of the ten commandments of liturgical life. 10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life Here are 10 principles to form the liturgical conscience. Perhaps there are more; maybe there... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II

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Why Communion on the Tongue? Part II of II The Passive Action of Communion Editor’s Note:  In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the topic of the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue. Today, in Part II of the series, he offers three considerations for receiving the Holy Eucharist in this way. Part II: The Passive Action of Communion An ancient maxim of the Church teaches that “the... Read More

Prosecuting the Pope

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Prosecuting the Pope   My husband is a very smart man. Whenever I come up with a new idea (aka hairbrained scheme) he asks me his trademark question: What’s the upside? It makes me think. Applying this question never seems to fail. Sure, with anything we consider we need to think about the pitfalls as well, but if there is no discernible or demonstrable upside, then we probably shouldn’t waste... Read More

Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer

August 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Memorial, Prayer

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Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer A Summary Memorial of Saint Dominic Editor’s Note: On this liturgical memorial of Saint Dominic (ca 1170-1221), who founded the order of Preachers, we bring you a short summary of Saint Dominic’s famous “Nine Ways of Prayer.” As Pope Benedict XVI said in a General Audience in 2012, St. Dominic himself: “left no writings on prayer,... Read More

Relationships or Activities?

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Fr. Bartunek, Mission

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Relationships or Activities?   Dear Father John, Is there anything wrong with putting too much emphasis in my passion and or apostolate? THE INSTRUCTIONS JESUS gave when he sent out the first Christian missionaries included a curious directive: “Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave” (Matthew 10:11). Christian Mission Is about People The... Read More

A Declaration of Dependence

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A Declaration of Dependence Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~ John Adams, 2nd President of the United States Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans! Recently, I spoke at a diocesan event in the heart of Fulton Sheen land, Peoria, Illinois. One of the talks was on Fulton Sheen’s Way to Happiness. At first hearing,... Read More

Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   In today’s solemnity (which was celebrated last Thursday, May 26th in some locations), we honor the most holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast was promoted by St. Juliana of Liège (also known as St. Juliana of Cornillon), who lived between 1191/2 and 1258, an Augustinian nun in charge of a leper colony. Jesus appeared... Read More

The Victory of Surrender – Part II of II

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The Victory of Surrender Part II of II   Christianity is full of paradoxes: “If you want to find yourself, you have to lose yourself . . . . The last will be first and the first will be last . . . .The greatest of all is the servant of all. . . .” The most important victory we can “win” for ourselves and our families is when we truly surrender to the will of God. There isn’t enough... Read More

Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

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Questions on Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer. Topics/Questions... Read More

Can I Trust the Writings of Fr Anthony de Mello?

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Can I Trust the Writings of Fr Anthony de Mello? Who is Fr Anthony de Mello and can we trust his spiritual writings to lead us to a deeper union with Christ? Dan and Melissa discuss the problems with Fr de Mello’s influential spiritual guidance and the Catholic Church’s position on non-Christian teachings. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Melissa’s experience of spiritual consolation at... Read More

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