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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 w Teresa of Avila: Pt 1Day 26 Reflections

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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

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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

Are there Two Paths to Holiness?

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Contemplation, Holiness, Prayer, Spiritual Life

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Are there Two Paths to Holiness? The other day while doing research for a blog post, I came across a discussion about Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle in a Catholic forum. One poster wrote that a holy priest told her that Teresa of Avila’s teaching was not meant for most lay people. This is the sort of comment that perturbs me. If the conversation hadn’t been a few years old, I would have chimed in. Instead,... Read More

Jesus The Teacher of Sanctity

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Jesus the Teacher of Sanctity Presence of God – I need You always, my divine Master, because You alone are holy and can show me the true way of holiness. MEDITATION The knowledge of God in which eternal life consists, as Jesus has said, is not the kind of knowledge which stops at the enlightenment of our intellects, but knowledge which stirs up our wills to love the God whom we know, and which regulates our whole life so... Read More

The Lord is Coming — Take Him to Your Heart

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The Lord is Coming – Take Him to your Heart “Take Him to your heart… keep Him in you as in a sanctuary… live with Him in intimacy.”  This was advice offered to a new religious sister just beginning her life as a nun.  The beauty of this message only fully discloses itself when we consider the author. Dictated while racked in pain, coming in and out of delirium, enduring all kinds of physical, psychological... Read More

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