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Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints

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Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints   Spiritual direction is a tool that helps shape us into the saints God created us to be. It is natural that while striving to become saints, we would look to the saints themselves to guide us. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who will soon be canonized by Pope Francis, is an example of one who sought holiness through the example of those who had... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1 This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first Rule of the Discernment of Spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 1 –  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in... Read More

Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, Examining Spontaneous Prayer

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The Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, and Examining Spontaneous Prayer Dan and Melissa answer questions on the importance of saints in prayer life, teaching children to pray, and spontaneous prayer. They also discuss some important aspects of meditation as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the... Read More

Who is St Januarius?

September 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage

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Today is the feast of St Januarius, also known as San Gennaro.  The streets of Little Italy in New York City are filled with festival goers, eating Italian foods and all sorts of yummy things. Do you think if you stopped any one of these party-goers on the street and asked them who San Gennaro is and why a whole day is dedicated to his memory… would they know? Maybe. Maybe not. But hey!... Read More

30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 18

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Peace During Persecution: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila: Reflections on Day 18 In today’s episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson look at how a saint responds to persecution? Recognizing aspects of a saint’s character. St. Teresa’s letters reveal aspects of her personal character, but also some of the secrets to sainthood. Reflections on Day 18 from the book 30... Read More

Philadelphia’s National Shrine: St John Nepomucene Neumann

January 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage, Shrine

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An actual photo of St John Nepomucene Neumann Today is the memorial of St John Nepomucene Neumann, Philadelphia’s fourth bishop and our country’s first male saint. In celebration of his memorial, I’d like to introduce you to the National Shrine of St John Nepomucene Neumann, one of Philadelphia’s five shrines, and one of my favorites (they’re on Facebook, too!). The... Read More

God Turns Sinners into Saints

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God turns Sinners into Saints Sometimes my mind is too tired or distracted to engage in detailed meditations during prayer time. I look for a simple image to focus on that will bring me into God’s presence and still my scattered thoughts. One of my favorite images is fire. I can easily imagine red flames in the dark. I think of the flames as God’s love, burning away my sins and attachments... Read More

A Hidden Saint

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Hidden Saint The King of the Golden City (Week 2 of 5) There was certainly a great deal in her that he could not love. He saw that she was willful and changeable, and that she loved him more for the presents he gave her, and for those he promised her, than for himself. But he saw, too, something which no one else could see, something beautiful and lovable that she would become if she would fight... Read More

Climbing the Mountain of Christian Perfection

February 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 12 of 14) But as you gaze upon the steep mountain of Christian perfection: “Alas!” you exclaim, “how shall I ever ascend it?” Be of good cheer; when the young bees begin to take their form they are called nymphs, and are unable to fly to the neighboring flowers or hills and valleys in search of honey, but by degrees, being fed with the honey provided... Read More

For Love of My Soul – Book Club

November 12, 2013 by  
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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 3 of 14) Consider that then the world is at an end, so far as regards you; there is none any more for you. Everything will then be reversed, all pleasures, vanities, worldly joys, and vain attachments will then appear as mere phantoms and vapors. Woe is me, for what delusive trifles have I offended my God! Then will you discover that you have forsaken God... Read More

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