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Fighting for Marriage – St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

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Fighting for Marriage St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer   One of the ways Mother Teresa of Calcutta fought poverty was that she taught families to pray together. Typically, she would teach the Rosary. Getting parents to pray with each other and their children gave people hope where there seemed to be none and it helped married couples find love when love seemed most absent. Ironically,... Read More

Come Follow Me

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Come Follow Me   Presence of God– O Jesus, obedient even unto the death of the Cross, teach us to follow Your example. MEDITATION Jesus said to the young man who was aspiring to perfection, “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,”—the evangelical counsel of poverty — “and come follow Me” (Matthew 19:21)—the counsel of voluntary obedience, according... Read More

True Prayer – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Day 22 Reflections

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True Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 22 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Dan and Melissa discuss the impact of suffering on prayer and how to differentiate true prayer from manufactured prayer. Listen as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Where does suffering come from? Why does God allow suffering? Where... Read More

On Emperors and Beanie Babies

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Most everyone knows of the fabled emperor that paraded the streets in his undergarments, believing he was adorned in the finest of cloth that only the foolish could not see. Lest he admit being a fool, he feigned witnessing the imaginary fabric and played the biggest fool of all. The crowd, also fearing being taken for fools, participated in the charade. Not until a child, lacking guile and pretentiousness,... Read More

Does Evil Really Exist?

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Evil, Fr. Fortea

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Father Fortea, does evil really exist? Yes, it does. The first thing we need to know is that evil – like good – is an objective reality. Though many in today’s culture insist that morality is merely one’s personal opinion and is subjective (“what’s right for you might be wrong for me” and vice versa), this is a very grave error. Who could successfully argue that such things as... Read More

Blessed Angela di Foligno: Resting in Crucified Love

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“You are I and I am you.”  (Words spoken to Blessed Angela di Foligno as recorded in Memorial, Chapter IX taken from Angela of Foligno: Complete Works, trans. Paul Lachance, O.F.M., in Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist Press (1993) 205.) These are words that Blessed Angela di Foligno believed the Risen Lord addressed to her. An early 14th century Franciscan Tertiary,... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2713

May 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2713 Catechism of the Catholic Church – Contemplative Prayer Contemplative prayer is the simplest expression of the mystery of prayer. It is a gift, a grace; it can be accepted only in humility and poverty. Contemplative prayer is a covenant relationship established by God within our hearts. Contemplative prayer is a communion in which the Holy... Read More

Why are so many “successful” people so unhappy?

September 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Happiness

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Dear Father Todd, Popular culture says you’re successful when you have a huge house, a couple of late model cars in the driveway, wear designer clothes, and take luxury vacations to exotic places. If this materialistic vision is the definition of success, why are so many “successful” people so unhappy? It is so easy for us to get caught up in the material world as if that is all... Read More

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