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God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Charlie McKinney, Contemplation, Prayer

Fire from Above

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer Contemplation does not shield us from doubt or suffering. Christian prayer baptizes our doubts and difficulties, trials and tests in faith. Violently opposing forces, faith confronts doubt in prayer even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived a life of intense prayer and friendship with the Lord. In the last weeks of her short life, after suffering... Read More

True Joy and Justice in the Eyes of God

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse’s meaning of true joy and justice in the eyes of God, and the source of our merits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse mean when she says that she does not want to “lay up merits for heaven”? Is there a difference between happiness and joy? Can we console the heart of Christ? Why does St. Thérèse say that... Read More

Following the Star

January 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Epiphany, Solemnity

Following the Star   Epiphany is a celebration of the manifestation of the Lord to the whole world.  Pope St. Leo says it is the day that Abraham saw and longed to see.  This celebration includes the mystery of a radiant star whose mysterious light draws pilgrims from afar. It is a light that shows, discloses and reveals where those who seek the Lord might find him. The radiant splendor of this light is the source of... Read More

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

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 powerlessness to be holy and... Read More

As if Already in Eternity: Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity’s Wisdom

As if Already in Eternity: Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity’s Wisdom Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity [canonized last month] is a witness to the primacy of contemplation in the life of the Church, and the mystical wisdom contemplation releases into human history.  This is the wisdom that understands how God is present in both the public square as well as in the intimacy of our hearts. Today, when the whole world needs... Read More

Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?

Who is Elisabeth of the Trinity – Our Newest Saint?   At 20 years old Elisabeth of the Trinity was a Carmelite nun who died at the beginning of the 20th century at the age of 26.  Born in an Army camp in 1880, the oldest of two sisters, her father was a veteran and POW of the Franco-Prussian War who died while she was still a child. Her mother had a conversion experience before her marriage and was zealous to live... Read More

The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic Elizabeth of the Trinity

The Life and Ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic Elizabeth of the Trinity   Father Mitch Pacwa interviews our own Dr. Anthony Lilles on the life and ministry of the French Carmelite Mystic who will be canonized tomorrow, Sunday October 16, 2016: Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906). Her canonization will be aired live on EWTN at 4:15 a.m. Eastern time. Dr. Lilles first came across her writings when he was studying the... Read More

Fighting for Marriage – St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

Fighting for Marriage St Teresa of Calcutta’s Wisdom on Prayer   One of the ways Mother Teresa of Calcutta fought poverty was that she taught families to pray together. Typically, she would teach the Rosary. Getting parents to pray with each other and their children gave people hope where there seemed to be none and it helped married couples find love when love seemed most absent. Ironically, she is said to have stated... Read More

Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer

  Is Prayer an Escape from the Real World?   Some think that prayer is an escape from the real world. To these, I say that there are prisons from which it is good to escape. Lots of people banally exist imprisoned in what we call “the real world.” Locked up in the fantasy land of adults and the culturally and politically powerful, they are not free to live life to the full. All the same, I cannot agree that... Read More

Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer

August 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Memorial, Prayer

Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer A Summary Memorial of Saint Dominic Editor’s Note: On this liturgical memorial of Saint Dominic (ca 1170-1221), who founded the order of Preachers, we bring you a short summary of Saint Dominic’s famous “Nine Ways of Prayer.” As Pope Benedict XVI said in a General Audience in 2012, St. Dominic himself: “left no writings on prayer, but the Dominican tradition... Read More

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