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The Good Life 101

Why is it good to be good? Christian human perfection is a spiritual union with God, which can be attained in this life. However, it exists alongside human misery, rebellious passions, and venial sin; therefore, it is not absolute perfection. If Christ exhorts us to “be perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect,” just how does one go about ‘doing' this? Does human perfection consist in an assent to a set of... Read More

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Way of Perfection

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Wisdom BOOK PICK: The Way of Prayer In The Way of Prayer, Carmelite Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen leads us into the refreshing solitude and silence opened up in St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection. Father Gabriel challenges us to take up St. Teresa’s teachings to satiate our own thirst for Christ in the difficult circumstances of our own lives. With her own energetic style,... Read More

Why Human Suffering?

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Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion, and Human Suffering   One of the beautiful things about the Catholic Church is its willingness to ask tough questions in pursuit of the truth. Popes, theologians, and saints have never been afraid to ask the hard questions about human suffering. The tradition of the Church is full of people pursuing answers to the hardest questions about the meaning of life, suffering, and mercy. Saint... Read More

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls   Jesus lives mystically in souls, reproducing in them all the mysteries of His mortal life. With the keen in­tuition of her love, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood the mystery of this mystical sleep, expressing it with her inimitable language, full of ingenuous and truest poetry: “Jesus slept in my boat, as was His wont. But how rarely will souls allow Him to sleep in peace. Wearied with... Read More

Pilgrimage to Spain: A Few More Spots Available

April 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Doctors of the Church, Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Spain in November of 2017   I have no doubt this will be an extraordinary trip not only because of the location and the significance of what we will see and experience but also because of the exceptional group of people who will be joining us. We will have pilgrims from Australia, Ireland, Singapore, the United States, and I believe Canada as well. I am humbled by the opportunity to meet and spend time with... Read More

Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Lived Spirituality

Elizabeth of the Trinity's Lived Spirituality  Elizabeth of the Trinity crossed the threshold of the Dijon Carmel aware that she was embracing a life that, by vocation and mission, had prayer, silence, solitude, and an unceasing conversation with God at its center. She felt called to consecrate her entire existence to a living relationship with God-Trinity, with Christ, as an expression of a love that desires to be, in the words... Read More

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?   In 2016, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was canonized. It was truly a great grace for the Church and much was made of her being raised to the altars.  Almost unnoticed, outside of Carmelite circles, was the beatification on November 19, 2016 of Pere Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus, born Henri Grialou in Le Gua, a little town in the mining region of southwest France, in 1894. He... Read More

The “Little Way” of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the “Little Way” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and how this practical guide to spirituality can help anyone find Christ.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Thérèse explains that Jesus' heart breaks when Christians are ungrateful for what He has done in their lives, especially when they reject the grace that He has given them. What... Read More

The Oblation of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa are joined by Dr. Anthony Lilles as they unravel the meaning of the oblation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Was the book, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, intended to be an informative book about Saint Thérèse? What does “oblation” mean to Saint Thérèse? How can an oblation (self-offering) be a form of holocaust? How is Saint... Read More

The Spirituality of Saint Therese of Lisieux

The Spirituality of Saint Therese of Lisieux   Description: This week Dan and Melissa introduce the Spirituality of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and explain the importance of her life and writings. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Who is Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and why is she important? What message is Saint Thérèse, the Little Flower, trying to convey through her life and writings? How can the reader benefit from... Read More

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