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Go to Hell or Go to Prayer (Video)

Go to Hell or Go To Prayer “Go to hell or go to prayer” is a striking title for a post but it is not an overstatement. Why is it that Saints and Doctors of the Church Teresa of Avila and Alphonsus Liguori believe that without daily mental prayer we will go to hell and with daily mental prayer we are assured of heaven? On the surface, these claims seem to be a bit over the top. How can they justify these statements?... Read More

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one’s daily prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation behind writing the book? What significance is behind making the sign of the... Read More

Mystery of Hope

Mystery of Hope   Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory. MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world.” The Jews disliked this speech; they began to question and dispute the Master’s words. But Jesus answered them still... Read More

Sharing Spiritual Experiences – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about sharing spiritual experiences and focusing the mind in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do we share our spiritual experiences on the air? Why did St. Teresa of Avila mask her personal experiences and make it seem as though they were happening to someone else? Why do some well-meaning Christians imply that we think too much during prayer? Should... Read More

A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Questions about the Faith can be difficult to answer sometimes. In his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask, Fr. Michael Kerper explains how to approach answering questions about the Faith and tackles some interesting questions from Dan and Melissa. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to answer a question about the Faith? How does our language or vocabulary play... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive the gifts to help the virtues,... Read More

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity   Presence of God — “I return thanks to You, O God, one and true Trinity, one sovereign divinity, holy and indivisible unity” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION From Advent until today, the Church has had us consider the magnificent manifestations of God’s mercy toward men: the Incarnation, the Redemption, Pentecost. Now she directs our attention to the source of these gifts, the most... Read More

How God Works with Our Humanity to Bring About Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: When faced with difficulty choosing her vocation, Celine leans on the wisdom of her sister, St. Thérèse, to help discern God’s will in her life. Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how God works with our humanity to bring about holiness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does this letter tell us about St. Thérèse? Is St. Thérèse suggesting that once Celine conforms her will to... Read More

Making a Solemn Commitment to Prayer

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Dan Burke, Sarah Reinhard

Making a Solemn Commitment to Prayer Into the Deep (Week 3 of 4) When we buy a many thousand-dollar vehicle, we don’t hesitate to get the extended warranty. When we buy a couple of hundred dollar phone (which is more of a pocket computer), we don’t bat an eye at the $50-70 case that will keep it protected from drops and spills. And yet, many of us expect to just turn on the prayer faucet and have it function…never... Read More

Action of the Holy Spirit

The Action of the Holy Spirit Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, make me realize Your action in my soul; teach me to recognize it and correspond with it. MEDITATION Just as the Holy Spirit dwelt in the most holy soul of Christ in order to bring it to God, so He abides in our souls for the same purpose. In Jesus He found a completely docile will, one that He could control perfectly, whereas in us He often meets resistance, the... Read More

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