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Preparing for Mass: Taking a Cue from A Prayer for Priests

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bryan Jerabek, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer

Preparing for Mass: Taking A Cue from A Prayer for Priests A little over five years have now passed since the new translation of the Roman Missal went into effect in the various English-speaking countries. In this wonderful new edition, if you turn to the latter part of Appendix VI, there are prayers that the priest is encouraged to say before and after Mass. And one of them – the “Formula of... Read More

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life How encountering God in prayer and deepening your prayer life can impact your life everyday. Why is the desire to have a relationship with God important? Dan and Melissa discuss their own encounters with God in prayer and scripture, and answer some listener questions. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does it mean to be... Read More

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church’s guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does... Read More

Finding God Through Meditation – St Peter of Alcantara & the Importance of Prayer

St Peter of Alcantara and the Importance of Prayer Who was St Peter of Alcántara? What did he have to say about prayer? Join Dan and Melissa as they begin a discussion of his book Finding God Through Meditation, and answer a question from a listener about prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do I really need to set aside a specific time for prayer every day? How do ascetical practices help... Read More

Why Don’t People Kneel at Mass?

November 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Mass, Worship

Why don't people kneel at Mass - SpiritualDirection.com

Why Don’t People Kneel at Mass? Dear Dan, I have been disturbed in Mass by folks who don’t kneel or who half-kneel (“rear-end” still on the seat). This might sound petty but I am crippled and wish desperately that I myself could kneel. What a profound privilege it is to kneel before our God and King. He has given everything for me and I can give so little in return. I physically can’t... Read More

Yoga and Religion (Part V)

November 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

Yoga and Religion (Part V) So far in this series, we have discussed the nature of Yoga in general (first post), and we have learned that it is rooted in Hindu beliefs about gods and goddesses who want to influence us (second post). Through further research, we saw that a philosophic Yoga suggests that the goal of the practice is union in a “higher reality” where distinctions among all things disappear,... Read More

A miracle in adoration

January 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Eucharist

A Miracle in Adoration A number of years ago I had an extraordinary experience in adoration. I had suffered for years with chronic and often debilitating pain. The pain caused me to isolate myself because after fighting the pain, I had so little energy to interact with or serve others. After the prompting of the Holy Spirit and a period of reflection and prayer, I decided that I would try to fight... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part II of II

December 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mass

Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? In our first post on this topic, we discussed distractions during Mass. Fr. John gave reflections... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part I of II

December 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? As long as we are human, we will be battling distractions. Even the Catechism makes this... Read More

More on learning to praise God… Part II of II

May 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Praise

Dear Father John, Can you give any help on how to learn to praise God? I enjoy going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and would really like to learn how to praise Him. I don’t feel my words are adequately expressing the praise I really would like to give. Thanksgiving is easier, but I would be grateful for some advice on the praise side. In the first post on this topic we covered the... Read More

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