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The Victory of Surrender – Part I of II

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The Victory of Surrender Part I of II “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) No matter how noble our cause may be, how do we know if it’s really the Lord doing the building? This is a question that was painfully put to me recently. Last year, I heard in my heart a call to launch a new initiative called Heroic Families because there is no more... 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

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not... Read More

Consolation and Abandonment

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Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as... Read More

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

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I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It’s really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is... Read More

Trouble with Trust: A Retreat Guide for Lent

March 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Retreat Guides

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The newest Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org, the “Trouble with Trust: A Retreat Guide for Lent” is available now. St. Paul tells us that because of Christ’s Passion – his suffering, death, and resurrection – God proves that he is completely trustworthy: … If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own son but handed him over for us all, how will he not... Read More

Who can I Trust?

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

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About a decade before I converted to Catholicism, I was struggling with aridity. Former protestants can attest to the fact that there is little help in protestantism for this or any other significant malady in the realm of spiritual progress. So, I began searching, and I stumbled across a priest who had written on the topic. This priest provided me with the wisdom I needed – wisdom the Holy Spirit... Read More

How to Pray like Jesus

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How to Pray Like Jesus Monsignor Thomas Richter, who was the vocations director of the Diocese of Bismark for eleven years, became the pastor at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, ND in 2012 and is Chaplain of the Catholic Physicians Guild for the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, gave a talk once where he explained that praying like Jesus requires one thing: to desire for God to have his way... Read More

A mother’s plea: Why does God delay answering my prayers? II of II

August 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

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Dear Father John, two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years, fortunately both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose someone else. The emotional roller-coaster is brutal. My prayer... Read More

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