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The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Mary, Memorial


The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross* Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows The martyrdom of the Virgin is set forth both in the prophecy of Simeon and in the actual story of our Lord’s passion. The holy old man said of the infant Jesus: He has been established as a sign which will be contradicted [Luke 2:34]. He went on to say to Mary: And your own heart will be pierced by a sword [Luke 2:35]. Truly, O blessed Mother, a sword has pierced... Read More

The Martyrs Realized What They Taught

June 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity


The Martyrs Realized what They Taught* Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles   This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message [Romans 12:18 quoting Psalm 19:5]. These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed... Read More

The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness

June 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Solemnity


The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness* Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist The Church observes the birth of John [the Baptist] as a hallowed event. We have no such commemoration for any other fathers, but it is significant that we celebrate the birthdays of John and Jesus. This day cannot be passed by. And even if my explanation does not match the dignity of the feast, you may still meditate on it with great depth... Read More

Lord, Open My Lips


Lord, Open My Lips “Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the day singing the Divine Office. The words of the psalms fill the air: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music... Read More

Actions Speak Louder than Words


Actions speak louder than words   Editor’s Note: For so many of us, St Anthony of Padua who was born in Lisbon, Portugal towards the end of the 12th century, is the go-to saint for finding lost things or people. He was initially an Augustinian, but spent most of his monastic life as a Franciscan, making his way to Italy where he was an itinerant preacher, or mendicant, on fire for the Gospel.  His actions did, indeed,... Read More

Light of the Spirit and True Knowledge of God

March 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer

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Light of the Spirit and True Knowledge of God   Lent is a time of intensified prayer.  See what Saint John Chrysostom has to say about this discourse with God. “Prayer and converse with God is a supreme good: it is a partnership and union with God. As the eyes of the body are enlightened when they see light, so our spirit, when it is intent on God, is illumined by his infinite light. I do not mean the prayer of outward... Read More

Christ is Baptized – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord


Christ is Baptized Second Reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours From a Sermon by St. Gregory of Nazianzus (St. Gregory Nazianzen), Bishop Oratio 39 in Sancta Lumina, 14-16, 20; PG 36, 350-351, 354, 358-359 “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his... Read More

Preparing Our Hearts for the Coming King – Advent Preparation

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I don’t know about you, but I have allowed far too many an Advent season to pass me by with far too little devotion. For decades St. Joseph knocked at my door, offering the opportunity to allow the Messiah to be born anew in my heart. I am sad to say that prior to this past decade of my life as a Catholic, there was far too little room at the Inn of my heart. I am also grateful to say that since becoming Catholic, the room for... Read More

Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH) for the Rest of Us

June 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Liturgy of the Hours, Prayer

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If you’re like any number of Catholics, you’ve heard of the breviary, the Divine Office, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Maybe you’ve tried your hand at an Hour or two. Maybe you’ve even succeeded. But maybe, like many of our fellow Catholics, you’ve failed and given up, coming to the conclusion that those who devote themselves to the Liturgy of the Hours are either insane or much less busy than you... Read More

Set aside meditation & vocal prayer for deeper spiritual life?


Deeper Spiritual Life? Dear Dan, I have a rule of life (firm spiritual commitments) and as part of that rule I have been meditating (Ignatian) and praying the rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours daily for years now. My struggle is that I have heard that if I sense the Lord’s presence (which does happen), that I should set these prayers aside and focus on the Lord. I am confused, I thought that focusing on God is what I am already... Read More

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