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The Love that God Has For Us Through Every Circumstance

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles make known the love that God has for us through every circumstance, and the hope we can garner during our trials through His eternal love.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse offers great consolation and encouragement to her sister, Celine, as she faces criticism and disapproval from others for desiring to enter Carmel while... Read More

Life Passes Quickly – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Life passes quickly, so says our good St. Thérèse. This week Dan, Melissa, and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss what it means to face hardships in this short life and follow in the steps of our crucified Lord and enjoy the fruits he merited for us in heaven. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse wants to suffer for Jesus, but it seems like she is waiting until she enters... Read More

Meaning through the Mystery of Suffering

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Lilles discuss meaning through the mystery of suffering and the importance of a charitable response to this reality. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can trials and difficulties help detach us from earthly things? How can we talk to people who are suffering about the mystery of suffering being a grace or blessing for the soul? While we are in the... Read More

Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Darkness, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

Is it a Sin to Ask for Death?   Dear Father John, When I am in great despair the temptation is to ask for death. Is that not a sin if despair drives me? I think you may have an incomplete or inaccurate idea about the nature of despair. When understood as a sin and not simply an emotional experience, despair consists of giving up on God, of freely concluding that “I am such a horrible sinner... Read More

How Your Suffering Can Help Make the World a Better, Kinder Place

November 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

How Your Suffering can Make the World a Better, Kinder Place   Beautiful Mercy (Week 4 of 5) Nothing makes us more effective ministers of comfort than having suffered ourselves. Not one of your tears of pain will be wasted if you allow them to be redeemed in the life of another. God can use every ounce of what you have been through to make this world a better, kinder place. “Beautiful... Read More

The Gift of Redemptive Suffering

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Suffering, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 26 of 27) After the Ascension these scars would become as oratorical mouths of intercession before the Heavenly Father; scars that He would bear on the last day to judge the living and the dead. In an old legend it is said that Satan appeared to a saint and said: “I am the Christ”; the saint confounded him by asking: “Where are the marks of nails?” – Life of Christ... Read More

Looking Past this Vale of Tears

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 24 of 27) As the physical Body of Christ had external wounds, bruises, and scars, and yet the inner structure was left untouched, so there seemed to be a foretelling that though His Mystical Body, the Church, would have its moral wounds and scars of scandals and disloyalties, nevertheless, not a bone of its body would ever be broken. — (Life of Christ, Chapter 52, Paragraph... Read More

Love of the Cross

September 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Suffering, The Cross

LOVE OF THE CROSS From a Meditation by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   “We hear repeatedly that St. John of the Cross desired nothing for himself but to suffer and be despised. We want to know the reason for this love of suffering. Is it merely the loving remembrance of the path of suffering of our Lord on earth, a tender impulse to be humanly... Read More

Obstacles or Opportunities? When Life Throws Curves, Drink from the “Cup”

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate and Annas, the Romans and the Jews, Our Lord saw not enemies to be defeated by a sword, but a cup offered by His Father. Love was the motive and spring of His Sacrifice… — Life of Christ, Chapter 42, Paragraph 5 The above quote perfectly encapsulates everything I have felt when reading the diary of Elisabeth Leseur.... Read More

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Church, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made to consider the relevance of August 18, if any, to my dissertation topic on poverty and the new evangelization... Read More

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