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Practice of the Presence of God

Practice of the Presence of God   Presence of God – O Lord, grant that I may always live in Your presence with my interior gaze fixed on You. MEDITATION The life of continual prayer becomes easier as the soul succeeds in preserving within itself, throughout the day, the awareness of the presence of God. We already know that God is always present within us, that we live, move, and have our being in Him; but while we try... Read More

Cheerfulness Helps Cultivate Charity

May 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Direction

Cheerfulness Helps Cultivate Charity   Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue. Therefore, it is a habit that can and should be acquired. Cheerfulness is perhaps best represented in the word affability. St. Thomas Aquinas places affability under the general heading of the cardinal virtue of justice, the virtue that prompts us to give to others what is their due... Read More

Peace of Soul and Humility

Peace of Soul and Humility   Nothing troubles us so much as self-love and self-regard. Should our hearts not grow soft with the sentiment we desire when we pray and with the interior sweetness we expect when we meditate, we are sorrowful; should we find some difficulty in doing good deeds, should some obstacle oppose our plans, we are in a dither to overcome it, and we labor anxiously. Why is this? Doubtless, because we love... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor’s Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles’ post about the prominence of the Cross in Venerable Cardinal Van Thuan’s... Read More

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness     Who would find this easy to believe: that mildness is just as necessary as force, perhaps even more so, to become a saint? Mildness is not weakness; rather, it is an indication of strength. Weak souls do their works with noise and show; the strong operate with marvelous gentleness. Life is as strong as it is gentle; love is as powerful as it is deli­cate. Hence, the action... Read More

Divine and Human Mercy (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

April 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

Divine and Human Mercy From a Sermon by Saint Caesarius of Arles, bishop (Sermo 25m I: CCL 103, 111-112)  Sobering words for our celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday today! Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7) My brothers and sisters, sweet is the thought of mercy, but even more so is mercy itself. It is what all men hope for, but unfortunately, not what all men deserve. For while all men wish... Read More

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle   For the past twenty years, I’ve been doing my best to commit to daily spiritual reading. Some days have gone better than others. In fact, some years have gone better than others. But I have done my best to stay the course. In that time, I’ve learned a few things about the process. I’ve learned some basic things, such as how hard it is to make the time for spiritual reading, but... Read More

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God

Awareness of Misery Key to Mercy of God   You ask me if a soul sensible of its own misery can go with great confidence to God. I reply that not only can the soul that knows its misery have great confidence in God, but that unless it has such knowledge, the soul cannot have true confidence in Him; for it is this true knowledge and confession of our misery that brings us to God. All of the great saints — Job, David, and the... Read More

Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. Thomas Dailey about his book Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness. Questions/Topics discussed on the show: Who is St. Francis de Sales and what is appealing about his spirituality? How does St. Francis make holiness available to everyone regardless of vocation? What is St. Francis’ approach to prayer and does he advocate mental prayer? What... Read More

The Truth Behind Scrupulosity – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles unmask the truth behind scrupulosity through the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse’s cousin, Marie, is plagued by scrupulosity and will not receive the Eucharist. What is scrupulosity? Has St. Thérèse ever experienced this problem in her own spiritual life? At what point does scrupulosity commonly manifest... Read More

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