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God’s Little Victim – Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the meaning of being “God’s little victim” and the idea of consoling God.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why can’t St. Thérèse receive Holy Communion often? What does St. Thérèse mean by being a “little victim”? Does this imply self-pity? Why does she compare herself to a tabernacle? Does... Read More

The Merits of Jesus Christ

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Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the merits of Jesus Christ and how we can offer these merits back to God.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do the merits of Jesus Christ “belong” to St. Thérèse, and how can she offer them to God? The Father looks upon us through the His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. How can we offer the merits of the saints... Read More

To Be an Oblation to Divine Servitude – Living the Mystery of Merciful Love

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Description: This week, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles dive into the oblation of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and take a closer look at her desire to serve the Lord; to be an Oblation to Divine Servitude. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can St. Thérèse “save souls on earth by liberating those suffering in purgatory”? How can God be her holiness? St. Thérèse recognizes her... Read More

The “Little Way” of Saint Therese of Lisieux

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the “Little Way” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and how this practical guide to spirituality can help anyone find Christ.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Thérèse explains that Jesus’ heart breaks when Christians are ungrateful for what He has done in their lives, especially when they reject... Read More

The Oblation of Saint Therese of Lisieux

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa are joined by Dr. Anthony Lilles as they unravel the meaning of the oblation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Was the book, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, intended to be an informative book about Saint Thérèse? What does “oblation” mean to Saint Thérèse? How can an oblation (self offering) be a... Read More

The Spirituality of Saint Therese of Lisieux

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa introduce the Spirituality of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and explain the importance of her life and writings. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Who is Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and why is she important? What message is Saint Thérèse trying to convey through her life and writings? How can the reader benefit from the writings of St. Thérèse if he or she... Read More

The Life of Love

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The Life of Love Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said–and with greater reason–of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life... Read More

A Suitable Sign…Getting to Know Saint Therese

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When I was first introduced to Saint Thérèse as a young adult, I did not like her. She seemed to be enshrined in such a cloud of saccharine sweetness, scattering roses of every shade with each step, that I was positive that she and I would never be friends. I didn’t mind if others wanted to pray her novenas and I rejoiced with friends who received a rose from her but none of that for me, thank... Read More

St Teresa’s Avila (Virgin and Doctor of the Church)

October 15, 2013 by  
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October–my favorite month–honors some of my favorite saints. St Thérèse (Oct 1), St Francis (Oct 4), and St Teresa (Oct 15) are each associated with their hometowns: Lisieux, Assisi, and Avila. Let’s explore St Teresa’s Avila in Spain. Did you know that St Thérèse of Lisieux and Mother Teresa were named after St Teresa of Avila? I love St Teresa because she was a feisty Spaniard who was... Read More

St Therese of the Child Jesus Memorial, Virgin & Doctor of Church

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“Those who concentrate on the life and doctrine of this child of Carmel who died at the age of twenty-four are seized with wonder and admiration. They discover, in fact, that her contribution to spirituality is as original as it is profoundly traditional. They also discover that hidden under the Gospel-like simplicity of her message of ‘the little way of childhood’ is a spiritual structure both... Read More

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