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Discernment of Spirits – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 24 Reflections

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Discernment of Spirits 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 24 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we determine if our crosses are the work of God or the work of the enemy? Dan and Melissa discuss discernment of spirits and St. Teresa’s spiritual advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God answer our prayers... 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

Away with Spiritual Envy!

July 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Envy, Humility, Trust in God

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Away with spiritual envy! It’s so easy to be influenced by the attitudes of the culture. We fight against a utilitarian attitude when we fight assisted suicide and euthanasia. We know that being is more important than doing. Yet, in our own lives, we often feel unworthy when we see all our weaknesses. Spiritual envy and despair are twin sisters. One says, “It’s not fair! I don’t... Read More

Leadership & Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 19 reflections

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Leadership and Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 19 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   St. Teresa of Avila (also known as St. Teresa of Jesus) gives insights into effective leadership techniques of leadership and prayer. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa of Avila from Dan Burke’s book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Day 19. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St.... 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

Giving up the Fight

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila (Week 5 of 6) …those who suffer have the gates of true prayer opened to them in ways that even those performing retreat exercises do not enjoy.  The prayer offered when one is too weak to conjure the right emotions, too feeble even to be aware that one prays at all, is all the more perfect and acceptable to God.  – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, p. 89 Giving... Read More

How can I learn to trust?

March 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I have felt a great desire to enter religious life for a few years now, but keep hitting an invisible wall so-to-speak. After attempting the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the Lord helped me to see that I am not ‘indifferent’ and have to rebuild my foundation of a personal relationship with Him. In particular He helped me see my utter inability to surrender stemming... Read More

A prayer of surrender

June 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, God's Will, Prayers

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Prayer of Surrender Loving Father, I surrender to you today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. I say, “Yes” to you today. I open all the secret places of my heart to you and say, “Come on in.” Jesus, you are the Lord of my whole life. I believe in you and receive you as my Lord and Savior. I hold nothing back. Holy Spirit, bring me to a deeper conversion... Read More

Abandonment XX – God’s Will Effects Sanctification

September 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

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It is only because they do not know how to make use of God’s action that so many Christians spend their lives anxiously pursuing a multitude of methods of perfection. These might prove useful if ordained by God’s will, but they actually become injurious the moment they keep us from simply surrendering ourselves to God’s will. These multiplied means cannot give what we find only in... Read More

Abandonment XVI – The Hidden Work of Divine Love

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

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What great truths are hidden from the eyes even of Christians who think themselves most enlightened! How few among them understand that every cross, every circumstance, every leading of the will of God gives us God Himself in a way that can best be explained by comparing them with the most august Mystery of all, the Holy Eucharist. Yet what is more certain? Does not reason as well as faith reveal to... Read More

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