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Which Rosary Should I Pray?

February 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

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Which Rosary Should I Pray? Dear Father John, In reading of the various spiritual traditions within the Church: i.e., Carmelite, Servite, Franciscan, etc., etc., it seems to me many of them have their own special rosaries that they pray. Would you kindly please explain these? And, when someone says “Pray the Rosary” which one do they mean? Is it OK, for example, to pray a Carmelite rosary instead... Read More

Praying the Clausular Rosary on Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial, Prayer, Rosary

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Praying the Clausular Rosary on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows “Let us adore Christ, the Savior of the world, who called his mother to share in his passion.” – Liturgy of the Hours Last year when this solemn memorial emerged I was unprepared. The Liturgy of the Hours helped me to enter into the memorial a bit but I felt like I needed it to permeate my day. I remembered, years... 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

The Powerful Crown of Roses

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The Powerful Crown of Roses In the kingdom of men, the crowns made of durable, precious metals yield the symbol of power and dominion. In the Kingdom of God, it is always the opposite. It is those crowns made from living vines and branches that God chooses to show that true power is found in those rooted in the earth – in other words, in humility (derived from the Latin humus meaning “from the... Read More

Struggling with Rosary: where should attention be during Rosary?

July 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Rosary

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Dear Dan, I used to pray the Rosary daily, but lately I have become frustrated with it and am confused about where my attention should be focused while praying it. One Hail Mary, I find myself meditating on how painful it must have been for Jesus to be scourged at the pillar, and what great love it took for him to tolerate that for our sake. However, during that prayer, I was not paying attention to... Read More

Is it possible to pray at the speed of light?

January 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Church Documents, Dan Burke, Prayer, Rosary

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Dear Dan, I recently determined that I would begin praying the rosary regularly and as part of that commitment, I attend a weekly rosary prayer group at my parish. I was initially excited to attend but have found that the speed of their prayer is a bit blinding. They prayed an entire mystery along with other prayers in about ten minutes! I don’t quite know how to keep up. Can people really pray... Read More

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