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The Value of Suffering

The Value of Suffering   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, teach me the Science of the Cross; make me understand the value of suffering. MEDITATION The Passion of Jesus teaches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes from Jesus, the Teacher of truth... Read More

Meaning through the Mystery of Suffering

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Lilles discuss meaning through the mystery of suffering and the importance of a charitable response to this reality. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can trials and difficulties help detach us from earthly things? How can we talk to people who are suffering about the mystery of suffering being a grace or blessing for the soul? While we are in the midst of great suffering, how... Read More

The Gift of Redemptive Suffering

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Suffering, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 26 of 27) After the Ascension these scars would become as oratorical mouths of intercession before the Heavenly Father; scars that He would bear on the last day to judge the living and the dead. In an old legend it is said that Satan appeared to a saint and said: “I am the Christ”; the saint confounded him by asking: “Where are the marks of nails?” – Life of Christ (Chapter 55, Paragraph 7) Reading... Read More

Love of the Cross

September 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Suffering, The Cross

LOVE OF THE CROSS From a Meditation by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   “We hear repeatedly that St. John of the Cross desired nothing for himself but to suffer and be despised. We want to know the reason for this love of suffering. Is it merely the loving remembrance of the path of suffering of our Lord on earth, a tender impulse to be humanly close to him by a life resembling... Read More

Suffering and Abandonment

Suffering and Abandonment   Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to suffer with simplicity, without useless concentration on self, but in total abandonment to Your divine will. MEDITATION The secret of learning to suffer in a virtuous way consists chiefly in forgetting oneself and one’s sorrows and in abandoning oneself to God. The soul that is absorbed in its own sufferings and concentrates its whole attention on them,... Read More

The Gift of Pain

January 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction, Suffering

The Gift of Pain   I’ve learned many lessons in my short life, but one thing is for sure: we all know what it’s like to experience pain. Life can be difficult at times, and pain can come to us in different ways: physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological. You’ve probably experienced pain in your life. Maybe you’re in pain right now. Maybe you’re in the pain of depression or the pain of feeling that your... Read More

Calming the Storm: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila – Day 30 Reflections, Pt 2

Calming the Storm 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Why does God allow suffering? St. Teresa helps us make sense of God’s role in our suffering. Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila…and on calming the storm. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God “raise up storms” in our lives? What... Read More

Embracing Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 30 – Part 1

Embracing Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa expresses joy when she learns of the persecution and suffering of the nuns of Seville and Fr. Gracian. Learn when and how to embrace suffering. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, with particular emphasis on embracing suffering. Topics/Questions covered in the... Read More

Bearing Persecution – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 29

Bearing Persecution 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 29 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Are we bearing persecution in the right way? Learn from a saint how to respond to persecution. St. Teresa advises a Carmelite nun to avoid the temptation to indulge in righteous indignation in response to an accusation. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered... Read More

Surviving Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28 – Part 2

Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa’s letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition ourselves spiritually to withstand... Read More

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