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Into the Deep Book Club: Join Us as We Read Together!

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Into the Deep (Week 1 of 4) We’re excited to announce that the next book we’re reading together is none other than Into the Deep, by our founder Dan Burke. The back cover contains two sentences, which is appropriate, considering that this slim volume has less than 100 pages: “If your heart is restless like mine, there is a path to peace and joy available to you. This path can... Read More

The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How can we make the home a place of peace and prayer? Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the book The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home with author Leila Lawler, to help families orient their lives to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an oratory? How should one go about setting up his or her prayer space? Is a prayer corner or space... Read More

Practice of the Presence of God

Practice of the Presence of God   Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may always live in Your presence with my interior gaze fixed on You. MEDITATION The life of continual prayer becomes easier as the soul succeeds in preserving within itself, throughout the day, the awareness of the presence of God. We already know that God is always present within us, that we live, move, and have our being... Read More

Aridity and Progress

Aridity and Progress Presence of God – O Lord, help me to seek for You and to unite myself to You, even through the aridity and powerlessness of my spirit. MEDITATION Even without the presence of the physical or moral causes which we have mentioned before, it is possible to pass from a state of sensible fervor to one of absolute aridity. This happens by the direct work of God which makes it impossible... Read More

Our Lady of Fatima and The Rosary

Our Lady of Fatima and The Rosary Editor’s Note: The Rosary is Our Blessed Mother’s powerful armament against evil. That’s why the devil hates it so much. When Our Lady of Fatima first appeared to the three children in Portugal, exactly 100 years ago today, she told them to pray the rosary. In all her subsequent visits to them, the one thing she said to them every single time they... Read More

Art that Draws us to God

Art and the Angels Art is authentic in its essence when it draws us to God. Everything that is truly beautiful, reflects the opulence, kindness, and generosity of God. He could have made the world gray with no contrast between objects, no depth or texture. Instead, He has given us a magnificent creation so vast, varied, and profound that we could spend our entire lives exploring its creative grandeur... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor’s Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles’ post about the prominence of the Cross... Read More

Preparing for Mass: Taking a Cue from A Prayer for Priests

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bryan Jerabek, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer

Preparing for Mass: Taking A Cue from A Prayer for Priests A little over five years have now passed since the new translation of the Roman Missal went into effect in the various English-speaking countries. In this wonderful new edition, if you turn to the latter part of Appendix VI, there are prayers that the priest is encouraged to say before and after Mass. And one of them – the “Formula of... Read More

Vocal Prayer

Vocal Prayer   Presence of God – Lord, teach me to pray! MEDITATION When one of His disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1), He taught them a very simple vocal prayer: the Our Father. It is certainly the most sublime formula possible and contains the whole essence of the most elevated mental prayer. However, Jesus gave it as a formula for vocal prayer: “When you... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor... Read More

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