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Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness     Who would find this easy to believe: that mildness is just as necessary as force, perhaps even more so, to become a saint? Mildness is not weakness; rather, it is an indication of strength. Weak souls do their works with noise and show; the strong operate with marvelous gentleness. Life is as strong as it is gentle; love is as powerful as it is deli­cate. Hence, the action... Read More

From Humdrum to Holy – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. Ed Broom about attaining holiness in everyday life in his book, From Humdrum to Holy.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an Oblate of the Virgin Mary? Can anyone become holy? Is sainthood attainable in this life? How do prayer and participating in the sacraments play a role in becoming holy? What are some practical steps for the average person to become holy? Why... Read More

Snow and the Spiritual Life

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Growth, Videos

Snow and the Spiritual Life   What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?   Editor’s Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who were thrown... Read More

Prayer and the Heights of Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Prayer and the Heights of Holiness   Description: Praying is not reserved only for holy souls. All souls need prayer to bring them to the heights of holiness. On this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa stress that the most crucial element of beginning a prayer routine is to pray! Topics/Questions covered in the show: If someone wants to establish a lasting, meaningful prayer life, he must jump in and... Read More

Climbing the Mountain

Climbing the Mountain “Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord…” Isaiah 2:3 “Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.” Matthew 15:29-30 Was Jesus being insensitive?  I mean, not only... Read More

Sanctity and God’s Will

Sanctity and God’s Will Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, asking Him to penetrate my soul with His words, “He that doth the will of My Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 7:21). MEDITATION The path which leads to sanctity, that is, to God, can be marked out only by God Himself, by His will. Jesus expressed this very strongly when He said,... Read More

Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace

December 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Grace, Holiness

Sanctity and the Plenitude of Grace Presence of God – I draw near to Jesus, the “fountain of life and holiness,” with an ardent desire to drink from this inexhaustible fount. MEDITATION If Jesus came to sanctify all, if it is God’s will that “all should be saints,” then sanctity cannot consist in extraordinary gifts of nature and grace, which depend solely upon God’s liberality. Sanctity, therefore, must consist... Read More

How to Start Your Day in Holiness

November 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

How to Start Your Day in Holiness   We learn so much from our parents, good habits and bad.  Maybe that’s why I’ve always been conflicted about waking up in the morning.  On the one hand, my father has always risen before the sun; he’s the earliest riser in the family.  On the other hand, my mother, well, that’s a different story.  Although she gets up early for work, the truth is that on the weekends she has the... Read More

Heights of Prayer: 30 Days Teresa of Avila: Pt 1 Day 26 Reflections

Heights of Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In today’s episode on the heights of prayer, St. Teresa describes her spiritual ecstasies and how they caused her distress. Dan and Melissa talk about how everyone is called to the heights of holiness as they read from St. Teresa’s letter to her brother from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered... Read More

Magnanimity

September 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Holiness

Magnanimity Presence of God – O Lord, give me a generous heart, capable of undertaking great things for You. MEDITATION Whoever aspires to sanctity should have a generous, magnanimous heart, which is not satisfied with doing little things for God, and tiny acts of virtue, but is eager to do great things and give great proofs of love. Just as there is no sanctity without heroic virtue, so it is impossible to attain to heroism... Read More

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