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Mortification and Spiritual Progress – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Dan and Melissa explore mortification, its meaning, and purpose. Topics: What is mortification? Voluntary actions by which we gradually put to death all of our vices, sinful habits and self-centered tendencies that lurk beneath them.  The purpose of mortification and self-renunciation is about cleaning up “the garden of the soul” as many saints describe it. We must not only uproot sin but fill our souls with virtue to replace... Read More

Preparing for Lent Part 2 – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Preparing for Lent Part 2 – Divine Intimacy Radio Preparing for Lent Part 2: Here’s what a recent listener said about the show: “I just listened to the first Divine Intimacy Radio show. Great job! You and Melissa are a joy to listen to, such nice voices, and the real rapport comes through. I enjoyed her little laughs and your excited speech when you got into answering the calls. It was like listening in on two... Read More

Preparing for Lent – Part 1 – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Dear Friends – here are the show notes for our second Divine Intimacy Radio Show on the topic of Preparing for Lent: If you enjoy the show, please give us a good rating on iTunes and share this post or the iTunes show on Facebook and with your friends. We need your help getting the word out! Show Notes: An interruption in our discussion about spiritual direction which we will return to after Easter… The name of the show... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Self Denial, Trent Beattie

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Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem is, there are people all... Read More

Wisdom for the Ascent – 1 – St. John of the Cross

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Wisdom for the Ascent Wisdom for the Ascent: THE soul must of necessity–if we would attain to the divine union of God–pass through the dark night of mortification of the desires, and self-denial in all things. The reason is this; all the love we bestow on creatures is in the eyes of God mere darkness, and while we are involved therein, the soul is incapable of being enlightened and possessed by the pure and simple light of... Read More

Is it selfish to deny help to family or friends? Part II of II

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self Denial

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Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God is increasing my capacity to... Read More

Is it selfish to deny help to family or friends? Part I of II

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self Denial

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Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God is increasing my capacity to... Read More

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