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Preparing Our Hearts for the Coming King – Advent Preparation

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

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... Read More

St. Charles Borromeo – Pray for our Priests

November 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditations, Memorial

Dear Friends, The spiritual well-being of our priests has been on my heart lately. After reading portions of early Church history this week I was reminded that there has never been a time in history when priests, bishops, and even popes, have not had a tremendous pull on them to be trapped in the midst of the mundane and dragged away from the profound and living relationship with Christ they must have in order to lead us. In one... Read More

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