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The Handmaid of the Lord

The Handmaid of the Lord Presence of God – O Mary, you who called yourself the handmaid of the Lord, teach me how to consecrate all my strength and life to His service. MEDITATION All the splendors—divine filiation, participation in divine life, intimate relations with the Trinity—which grace produces in our souls are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force, a realism, wholly singular. If, for example, every soul in the... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who hurt us. But when the memory... Read More

The Love that God Has For Us Through Every Circumstance

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles make known the love that God has for us through every circumstance, and the hope we can garner during our trials through His eternal love.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse offers great consolation and encouragement to her sister, Celine, as she faces criticism and disapproval from others for desiring to enter Carmel while their father is plagued with... Read More

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Prayer, Retreat Guides

for post Lenten Retreat on Saint Joseph

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph (A Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org)   He is the universal patron and protector of the Catholic Church. He is the traditional patron of a happy death, of fathers and of unborn children, of immigrants and workers, of home hunters and people facing doubt and hesitation, and of dozens of countries, regions, and cities across the world. Who is he? St. Joseph, the... Read More

Life Passes Quickly – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Life passes quickly, so says our good St. Thérèse. This week Dan, Melissa, and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss what it means to face hardships in this short life and follow in the steps of our crucified Lord and enjoy the fruits he merited for us in heaven. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse wants to suffer for Jesus, but it seems like she is waiting until she enters Carmel. Why? St. Thérèse... Read More

How to Set Up a Sacred Space (Video)

How to Set Up a Sacred Space In this video, I further explore one of the secrets of the saints regarding how we can better engage in prayer. The idea of the sacred is lost in our time but that doesn’t have to hold us back in restoring this powerful reality in our own homes. When we do this we will find that just as with beautiful architecture, we can speak truth to our bodies and thus be drawn more powerfully into prayer,... Read More

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind   Some argue that since God already knows our deepest needs, sharing these with Him is redundant. Instead of humble petition, some teachers suggest emptying the mind of everything. As rationality is abandoned, they propose that the mind can evolve beyond limiting structures. For them, catechesis and the teaching of the Church are a helpful stepping-stone, but the impulse of the mind toward... Read More

How Should We Pray for So Many Prayer Intentions?

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Intentions, Prayer

How Should We Pray for So Many Prayer Intentions?   With all the causes in this world that need prayer, I have kind of thrown up my hands and asked our Blessed Mother to take my prayer beginning with daily Mass, and apply them where she sees fit. Heaven knows about our five children and how much they need prayer, and including my wife who just suffered a stroke at seventy years old. As time goes forward, I often think I should... Read More

The Power of Sacred Space in Prayer (Video)

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Into the Deep, Prayer, Videos

The Power of Sacred Space in Prayer   In this video, I reveal one of the secrets of the saints regarding how we can better engage in prayer. The idea of the sacred is lost in our time but that doesn’t have to hold us back in restoring this powerful reality in our own homes. When we do this we will find that just as with beautiful architecture, we can speak truth to our bodies and thus be drawn more powerfully into prayer,... Read More

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Charlie McKinney, Contemplation, Prayer

Fire from Above

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer Contemplation does not shield us from doubt or suffering. Christian prayer baptizes our doubts and difficulties, trials and tests in faith. Violently opposing forces, faith confronts doubt in prayer even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived a life of intense prayer and friendship with the Lord. In the last weeks of her short life, after suffering... Read More

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