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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

The Solution to Your Sorrow

The Solution to Your Sorrow   It’s impossible to be selfish and happy at the same time.  I know this from experience, for if I’m honest with myself, I find the days that I am most miserable are the days that I am too focused on myself: on my problems, my frustrations, my weaknesses.  I’m certain the same is true for you.  Think about the last time you felt sad or weighed down.  Maybe it was yesterday, or maybe it’s... Read More

Preserve Your Confidence in God

Preserve Your Confidence in God It is not rare in the spiritual life to see souls who are trying generously to advance in virtue fall — by reason of their desire to cultivate a delicate conscience and to avoid all deliberate venial sin — into the extremity of inquietude and perturbation, get involved in a thousand perplexities and scruples, and eventually grow cold in their trust in our Lord. All of these occurrences spell... Read More

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?   I have a question that might seem obvious to many but not so to me. The question is this. Is the surrender to the will of God the fundamental perquisite and non-negotiable attitude, to have an authentic spiritual life? This is a great question. Basically, it’s one way to ask about the relationship between prayer and action, between spiritual growth... Read More

A Trip to the Cardiologist … and Our Spiritual Health

A Trip to the Cardiologist … and Our Spiritual Health   I just left the doctor’s office for my annual check-up. Per the norm, I was given the results of my blood test that was taken the day before. As I skimmed over my comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) (electrolytes, kidney function, liver function and such) I noticed my glucose levels were running a little high. Sure, I thought to myself, I have certainly been... Read More

Snow and the Spiritual Life

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Growth, Videos

Snow and the Spiritual Life   What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?   Editor’s Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who were thrown... Read More

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