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Why is Contemplative Prayer So Important?

Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor What are the three types of prayer? There are three types of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. Vocal prayer can include basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc. and also the words in our mind that we share with God. However, vocal prayer is not enough to sustain a growing relationship with God because we actually need... Read More

The Good Life 101

Why is it good to be good? Christian human perfection is a spiritual union with God, which can be attained in this life. However, it exists alongside human misery, rebellious passions, and venial sin; therefore, it is not absolute perfection. If Christ exhorts us to “be perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect,” just how does one go about ‘doing' this? Does human perfection consist... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive... Read More

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part 2 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts   Description: In part 2 today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Kevin Vost and take a more in-depth look at his book, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we employ the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and grow in holiness? What is piety and how can we... Read More

The Handmaid of the Lord

The Handmaid of the Lord Presence of God – O Mary, you who called yourself the handmaid of the Lord, teach me how to consecrate all my strength and life to His service. MEDITATION All the splendors—divine filiation, participation in divine life, intimate relations with the Trinity—which grace produces in our souls are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force, a realism, wholly singular. If,... Read More

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part 1 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior's Guide to God's Invincible Gifts   Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior's Guide to God's Invincible Gifts. Questions/Topics discussed on the show: What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and why are they important? Why are St. Thomas... Read More

The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Interiority

The Interior Life: Both Active and Contemplative   There are periods in which the interior life becomes easy and sweet. Who has not had times when he was able, without any difficulty, to live for days filled with fervor? The pity is that we have not been able to determine why or how we arrived at this state. One fine day, we perceived ourselves recollected; the presence of God became very easy... Read More

Progress in the Apostolate

Progress in the Apostolate Presence of God – Unite me to You, O Lord, and may the power of Your charity enkindle in my heart true apostolic fire. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that love is like fire. It produces a flame, and the flame of love is zeal. If the fire burns intensely, then the flame will also be intense and devouring. True apostolic zeal is the spontaneous result, the normal fruit of... Read More

Piety and Devotion

Piety and Devotion Presence of God – O God, our Father, infuse into my soul the true spirit of piety and devotion. MEDITATION The Christian religion is not limited to the simple relations of the creature with the Creator, relations which, given the infinite distance between them, would remain only within the sphere of reverence and homage, without any character of intimacy, without any confidential... Read More

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone — Book Review

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone by Dave Palmer Book Review by Nancy Ward   “St. Thomas is the greatest doctor of the Church,” author Dave Palmer said, “and I assert that children can be taught his basic philosophy, as I do with my 11- and 7-year olds.” Let’s Go Find God is the enticing teaser of Volume I. The full title of the series tells it all: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, 30 Quick... Read More

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