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Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement


Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don’t bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel,... Read More

What’s Wrong with “Crazy with Joy”? – Day 17, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about being crazy with joy? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXXXI Seville, August 12, 1575* To Doña Juana de Ahumada, Alba de Tormes Arrival of their two brothers at San Lucar. Death of Jerome de Cepeda and of Don Lorenzo’s wife. Father Gracian nominated Provincial. JESUS! However, the joys of this... Read More

I can’t escape the darkness, please help…

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Desolation of soul is easy to come by in challenging times. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a master at studying and understanding the darkness that too frequently overshadows the soul. In his spiritual exercises he describes desolation this way: “I call desolation… darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving... Read More

Envy: The No Win Sin (Part I of II)


Let’s play the “What if…” game. What if you just lost your job while your co-worker received a promotion and a big raise? Would you be happy for him? What if a parent that was often critical of your children, found out that her child was just caught for cheating? Would you feel the slightest bit of satisfaction? What if your child dropped out of school while a friend’s child was just... Read More

Your heartache is breaking you…

September 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Music, Videos

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Your Heartache is Breaking You . . . I don’t know about you but music and art speaks to me in ways that no stack of theology books can touch (even though I regularly and easily get lost in the sublimity of the writings of the saints). Reaching an even deeper level are those artists and lyrics that are true in art and theology. In these works of art we can completely rest and be led into the... Read More

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